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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.
Below, are some progress pics as I carved the original out of Black Mountain clay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drying on the rack, is how they look after clean-up.
They need to be sanded.
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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