So proud of this piece! A customer purchased this on Saturday and emailed me this pic of it. I made the feather holes and chord holes, but never got around to adding them, so he finished the piece. Some of the beads used are over 100 years old. #PNG #Papuanewguinea #Tiki #tikimug #tikiart #oceanicart #primitivemodern #tribalart #Disney #Disneyland #enchantedtikiroom #handmade  #junglemodern #michaelsbicca

So proud of this piece! A customer purchased this on Saturday and emailed me this pic of it. I made the feather holes and chord holes, but never got around to adding them, so he finished the piece. Some of the beads used are over 100 years old. #PNG #Papuanewguinea #Tiki #tikimug #tikiart #oceanicart #primitivemodern #tribalart #Disney #Disneyland #enchantedtikiroom #handmade #junglemodern #michaelsbicca

I got a couple more #TahitianTower #tikimugs out of the kiln, just in time for tomorrow’s #internationaltikimarketplace at #Donthebeachcombers in Sunset Beach, from 10a-3pm. Hope to see you there! #Tiki #tikimug #Marquesan #Polynesian #alienmug #monstermug #handmade #Pasadena #michaelsbicca

I got a couple more #TahitianTower #tikimugs out of the kiln, just in time for tomorrow’s #internationaltikimarketplace at #Donthebeachcombers in Sunset Beach, from 10a-3pm. Hope to see you there! #Tiki #tikimug #Marquesan #Polynesian #alienmug #monstermug #handmade #Pasadena #michaelsbicca

Making a Tiki Mug: “Pearl de Marquesas”

Aloha Everyone!

Thank you for taking a minute out of your day to see how I spend part of mine.

My “Pearl de Marquesas” Tiki mug started off as a wheelthrowing and hand building project. The form started off as a fully enclosed vessel that I threw on the potter’s wheel. I started with about five pounds of clay, and once I closed it off at the top, it stood about 8” inches tall.

After the clay dried enough, I trimmed a foot on the bottom and trimmed more clay off the sides, to give it a more slender look.

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Below, are some progress pics as I carved the original out of Black Mountain clay.

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Here it is after bisque firing. Had I known I would end-up making a mold of this, I would’ve made the mold at this point. I used a glazing technique called, “dip glazing,” where you literally dip the piece into a bucket of glaze. This technique lets glaze build-up in the grooves, so hides some detail.

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Below, I’m starting to make my mold box. I’m scared of under-cuts, so I have plastillina, which is a sculpting wax, in some of the areas that cut-in, where the mold might not separate from the piece. This will be a three piece mold on the sides, so the first pour, will cover the exposed area.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures of me pouring the plaster into the box. Please refer to my “Birdman 3” blog post, for a more detailed mold-making post.

Below, is when I took the mold apart. image

After taking the mold apart, you should let it dry for 3-7 days. The plaster still has lots of water in it, so you should let it dry, so your castings set faster, inside the mold.

After your mold is dry, you’re ready to start pouring.

Eventhough these are from a mold, they don’t come out of the molds, as pretty, as people think they do. There’s a lot of work from the point they come out of the mold, until they’re a finished product.

Below, is how they look out of the mold.

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Drying on the rack, is how they look after clean-up.

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They need to be sanded.

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After sanding and getting dusted off, they go in the kiln for bisque firing. After that, they get glazed.
Here’s some pictures of the first few finished pieces.

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Thank you for stopping by! Aloha!

Height: 6.25”

Width: 4.25”

22 ounces

$65 + shipping

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This combo is also fresh out of the kiln. I’ll be in my usual spot at the #internationaltikimarketplace, this Saturday, at #Donthebeachcombers in #Huntingtonbeach from 10am-4pm. I’ll only have 4 or 5 of these, so come early. Hope to see ya there! #Tiki #tikimug #Marquesan #pearldemarquesas #madeinusa #handmade #Polynesian #alien #alienhead #monster #junglemodern #michaelsbicca

This combo is also fresh out of the kiln. I’ll be in my usual spot at the #internationaltikimarketplace, this Saturday, at #Donthebeachcombers in #Huntingtonbeach from 10am-4pm. I’ll only have 4 or 5 of these, so come early. Hope to see ya there! #Tiki #tikimug #Marquesan #pearldemarquesas #madeinusa #handmade #Polynesian #alien #alienhead #monster #junglemodern #michaelsbicca

You never know what the #kilngods have planned for your piece, especially at #cone10 . There’s lots of, “that’s not what I wanted, but kinda like it, ” with this type of firing, which makes for a lot of unique pieces. #Kaitiaki #Maori #moko #tattoo #tribaltattoo #tribalart #tiki #tikimug #handmade #junglemodern #michaelsbicca

You never know what the #kilngods have planned for your piece, especially at #cone10 . There’s lots of, “that’s not what I wanted, but kinda like it, ” with this type of firing, which makes for a lot of unique pieces. #Kaitiaki #Maori #moko #tattoo #tribaltattoo #tribalart #tiki #tikimug #handmade #junglemodern #michaelsbicca

This is the last round if #tikimugs going in the kiln for this Saturday’s #internationaltikimarketplace at #Donthebeachcombers. The super glazed pieces are #birdman1 and #birdman2 in my #Birdmanseries.  part . The two #TahitianTower in the front, are the first two with white and turquoise glaze. #tiki #tikimug #PNG #Papuanewguinea #Marquesan #handmade #madeinusa #Pasadena #junglemodern #michaelsbicca

This is the last round if #tikimugs going in the kiln for this Saturday’s #internationaltikimarketplace at #Donthebeachcombers. The super glazed pieces are #birdman1 and #birdman2 in my #Birdmanseries. part . The two #TahitianTower in the front, are the first two with white and turquoise glaze. #tiki #tikimug #PNG #Papuanewguinea #Marquesan #handmade #madeinusa #Pasadena #junglemodern #michaelsbicca