Hi there! I wanted to introduce myself and show you my latest piece. My name is Amanda, and this guy is based off the Tiki god Kanaloa.
Kanaloa is symbolized by the squid or by the octopus, and is considered to be the god of the Underworld and a teacher of magic. (source:wikipedia) He is often depicted as tall and pale skinned.
On my facebook page I ask people to challenge me to make something they want to see. I put the suggestions in a bowl and draw out a random suggestion each month. In February, the Tiki Mug was the winner.
The first step is the sketch:
Then the creation. It took me a few days to throw a satisfactory hourglass shape. I am still learning
After I trimmed the bottom, I put on the decorative base and the handle. These parts hopefully invoke the idea of a squid.
I had to put the mug away at this point and returned to it a few days later. The first feature to appear was the nose, followed by the eyes, mouth, headpiece and "chin". I ran out of time to finish the final details:
But then after about 4 days had gone by I found myself in the studio again, and Kanaloa received his teeth and the carving.
I chose not to take a picture of him in bisque form, but here he is (again) glazed. I brushed on copper carbonate, sponged off the excess, and dipped the mug in plain matte and then a thin glaze called floating blue. All my glazes are supplied by the studio where I am a student.