Hawaiian Ku God Tiki Lamp

Aloha friends and welcome my tropical getaway, here, in Pasadena, CA.  Fresh outta of the kiln and newly assembled is this stoneware Ku lamp, by Michael Shigeru Sbicca.

Ku, is the Hawaiian god of war, so don’t disrespect the tiki room he watches over, or pay with all your rum and women.

The sculpt stands about 16.5” inches tall and was hand built with Rod’s Bod stoneware. After bisque firing, it was glazed with a high fire matte black glaze, that was wiped off and left in the grooves to highlight the carving and add contrast.  It was then fired at a cone 10 reduction firing.

From the bottom of the base to the top of the lamp shade measures 31” inches tall, while the shade measures 14” inches across at it’s widest point.

Jungle Modern is my brand of hand built stoneware objects, that I make in Pasadena, CA. I started doing ceramics so I could make my own tiki mugs, now I’m making lamps, fountains, barware, and sculpts, inspired by the South Seas, Japanese, and mid-century modern design, and anything else you might find in the modern jungle. Thank you for looking and please follow me to see my future work.

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Papua New Guinea Coil Pot Tiki Lamp

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Aloha tiki friends and primitive modern enthusiasts! Welcome to my tiki room! It’s temporarily staged with my Papua New Guinea cooking pot, turned lamp.

I built this pot using coils of Russian River clay and it was just supposed to be a decorative, tribal cooking pot. It’s originally inspired by a gourd that was decorated by the Wosera people, from the inland Sepik region of New Guinea.  As you’ll come to see, I love this primitive looking style.

There’s lots of sand and iron in the clay, which is good, because I want it to pop through the glaze, and give my piece, an almost weathered look.

Here’s a few progress pictures. #1 shows it bisque fired with a cone 10 matt black glaze in the grooves. #2 shows it after being hand painted with underglazes. #3 shows it after glaze firing.

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From the bottom of the walnut base, to the top of the lampshade measures about 26” inches tall, while the shade is about 13” inches wide. The original sculpt is about 9” inches tall by about 7” inches wide.

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Aloha and mahalo for looking!

- Michael Shigeru Sbicca

Jungle Modern is my brand of hand built stoneware objects, that I make in Pasadena, CA. Thank you for looking and please follow me to see more of my work.

If you have any friends, family, or work associates who might enjoy my work, please feel free to share my information with them.

You can also follow my work on Facebook, at:

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Here’s my first comleted fountain for all you tiki and primitive modern enthusiasts. It’s hand built with Black Mountain stoneware and high fired at cone 10, roughly 2300 degrees.  The design is inspired by a New Caledonia ancestral figure and the bowl is decorated with a tribal look that I designed to compliment the main piece.

After bisque firing, I hand painted the piece with underglazes to varying degrees of thickness, to achieve a more weathered and primitive look, while still preserving some of the fun and playful personality, that it seems to radiate.

I also built the fountain box. It’s made with plywood and decorated with earth toned linen and manila rope. Below, there’s space for a small reservoir where the fountain pump resides and works it’s magic. 

From the bottom of the stand to the top of the fountain measures about 30” inches tall. From the front lip of the bowl to the back of the box measures about 20” inches long and about 12.5” inches wide.

Aloha and mahalo for looking!

- Michael Shigeru Sbicca

Jungle Modern my brand of hand built stoneware objects that I make in Pasadena, CA. Thank you for looking and please follow me to see my future work.

You can also follow my work on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/junglemodern