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Badd Tiki
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Joined: Aug 28, 2008
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Posted: 2012-12-22 11:31 am   Permalink

I figured I'd start a new thread, my old thread had a bit of non-tiki stuff creeping in.

So this one will be tiki only. And most likely ceramics only as that's what I'm doing with my free time these days.

Funny I got the ceramics bugs from looking at all the cool mugs and wanting to make some then got somewhat sidetracked into throwing and just all kinds of ideas for other stuff.

But a few weeks ago I got a strong urge to make a mug.

This was my first 'sculpture' piece. I started with a big wad of clay and started carving away. Then I cut him in half, hollowed him out and put him back together. Unfortunately as careful as I was drying slowy he started to split apart at the base.

So I pulled him apart again, rehydrated for a few days, cut the base out (I think the two base chunks of clay had too much pull apart when drying), put him on a slab base, then used sodium silicate in my slip to 'glue' him together (aka 'magic water').

He's been wrapped in plastic and drying for over a week now, and the studio is closed for the holidays so I'm hoping to have him ready to fire at the beginning of Jan.



He's a red stoneware, I'll glaze in clear which should give him a decent granite grey finish with some iron spotting. (probably rub a little stain in for contrast too).

He's 8 inches tall wet, probably 7.5 after firing. I'm thinking he might hold about 16 oz.

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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2012-12-22 11:45 am   Permalink

GROG like.

 
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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2012-12-22 12:18 pm   Permalink

Ditto, Grog.

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2012-12-22 1:29 pm   Permalink

Very cool, love the exaggerated features.

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2012-12-22 1:36 pm   Permalink

He has a real personality. Good job, Wendy

 
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Badd Tiki
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Posted: 2012-12-23 10:24 am   Permalink

Thanks everyone, can't wait to start on another

 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-12-23 10:46 am   Permalink

Awesome facial bones

 
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Badd Tiki
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Posted: 2013-01-25 1:05 pm   Permalink

Unfortunately the Moai is going south fast, and I'm not talking south pacific. The crack came back... Not sure what to do with him now, slip cast at some point might be a way to go...

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Anyway, my South Seas Art Swap piece is drying and ready for bisque:



 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-01-25 1:36 pm   Permalink

Your Moai looks ready to mold. You should go for it. Just remember MOLD SOAP! Wendy
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Tabu
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Posted: 2013-01-25 4:57 pm   Permalink

I love that Moai. It was bugging me because it reminded me of someone. Then I realized I was thinking of Rondo Hatton.



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Hale Tiki
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Posted: 2013-01-28 06:24 am   Permalink

Nice take on the Moai.

 
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Badd Tiki
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Posted: 2013-02-17 1:04 pm   Permalink

haha funny Tabu

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Well, my swap piece for the sea creatures swap came out of the kiln with some heavy dooty cracks. It's still one piece and pretty strong, just visually diminished.




 
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Canvas
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Posted: 2013-02-20 7:29 pm   Permalink

Nice! Shame about the cracks. I'm no potter though, so have no idea how to avoid them. If I were I'd be called Kiln, not Canvas (lol).

 
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Badd Tiki
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Posted: 2013-02-20 8:22 pm   Permalink

thanks,

well there are a few possible reasons.

#1 guess: the large flat surface area on the shelf caused a lot of tension as the piece shrank (10% or so).

#2 : 2 slabs stuck together, both different shapes (one flat with raised square, one bowl shaped) stuck together at the edges. Wanting to shrink at different rates/pulling apart, etc..

Of course there was always concern about something happening (as with every single piece that you fire)but I didn't think it would be that bad. it's really my first piece like that.

Future fixes???
Maybe resting it on a bunch of clay marbles or rollers?
Maybe building a small wall between them (more like a box than 2 pancakes squished together)the walls could flex/bend a bit.

Chalk it up to learning experience and be grateful that Tiki Central is such a cool and forgiving place


 
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Badd Tiki
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Posted: 2013-06-17 3:48 pm   Permalink

Been awhile since i've done tiki specific stuff, but got this out of the kiln today. Just a little jar, about 5 inches tall. Thrown and carved.



And something that MIGHT fit in...

A skeleton candle lantern




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