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Topic: Tiki Mug - Kanaloa (February Challenge the Potter)  (Read 2853 times)
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« on: March 19, 2013 07:03:30 PM »

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  Smiley.



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.

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2013 07:42:29 PM »

wow, that looks great!
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2013 07:49:15 PM »

I love this. my best friend is totally into the whole hawaiian gods, so I know more than I need to about random ones. lol. I like this presentation. you did beautifully. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2013 08:25:42 PM »

Nice! It looks great!
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2013 09:27:33 PM »

This is great - I really like the concept.  The color accents the detail in a really nice way, too.
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« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2013 01:00:53 AM »

You did an amazing job!
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« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2013 08:57:23 AM »

It's wonderful! I just featured this project on Craftster's Facebook page. Thanks for sharing. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2013 09:24:30 AM »

Oh wow thanks! I hopped on Facebook right away to see! Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2013 12:41:31 PM »

How did I miss this? LOVE IT! I collect tiki mugs and this is collection worthy!
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« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2013 05:58:21 PM »

That is so gorgeous! I love tikis - and you have mad pottery skills!
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