About this project
The Big Sea Serpent by CrazyAL EVANS
3 piece, lidded ceramic vessel set Head - 16 oz , 7.75” X 4.5” X 5”-tall Body - 16 oz , 8.25” X 2.75” X 6”-tall Tail – 4 oz , 2.75” X 2.25” X 7.2”-tall
The Big Sea Serpent was conceived by the design duo of Eric Rindal and Jon Ritt, two lifelong friends and Tiki-hut roomies throughout their Art Center College of Design studies. Both enamored with the Life Aquatic, they grew up taking on the waves of the Pacific on Long Boards. Today they take on the wild surf of world design and corporate advertising. CrazyAL Evans was asked by the both of them to develop and create a ‘tiki-mug’ evoking the majestic and legendary Sea Serpent. Why? CrazyAL not only was a frequent visitor to the Rindal/Ritt Tiki Hut 25 years ago, he caught their bug and has created a worldwide wild & crazy name for himself in Tiki Art over the last 25 years. CrazyAL also has created over 25 successful high-end ceramic design editions in the last 10 years. He has produced designs and runs for world famous celebrities, taverns, and rum companies. The collaboration that followed produced The Big Sea Serpent!
The fierce menace depicted on maps of pioneering mariners.
Ever the 'Endeavor' venturing into the Big Sea of Creativity, CrazyAL approached the adventure with three separate vessels. Two lidded, 16 ounce containers and a 4 ounce imbibing horn make up the creature from the depths of voyaging imaginations.
Meet the Artist: Gorilla Serpent Footage....! Serpents in the Wild.
CrazyAL Evans has been glazing his own ceramic designs for over ten years. As a graduate of Art Center College of Design 25 years ago, this education has brought plenty to the complexity of CrazyAL's work in fired glazes. The majority of his pieces could be considered 'paintings' ... on top of his sculpture.
The whole object of this campaign is to bring cost down by being able to order 100 or more Serpents! An affordable open edition can be started after limited editions have been cast. A beautiful 'Deep Sea Green' Glaze will come after the editions of 'Mariner's Blue' and 'Aquamarine' Glazes.
CrazyAL has designed a glaze treatment he calls Mariner's Blue. It compliments his incredible sculpture perfectly, yet will be relatively easy to duplicate in a production of 50 Blue Serpents.
For those who need more! Careful consideration also went into designing a multicolored serpent depicting the imaginative map makers' interpretations. 10 years of experience and the special layering of glazes is what gets you this fantastic limited Aquamarine Glaze. All this must have paid off.. This Edition of 25 where spoken for in 5 days!
- ** New Edition of 25 **
“The Dark Serpent in Deep Sea Blue” Edition of 25. A Cobalt Blue body with possible Amethyst accents....
CrazyAL's Deep Sea Blue Artist’s Proof 20 is shown here: featuring the Amethyst accents on fins.
The new AP may be an improvement or perhaps not. AP20 looks pretty amazing the amethyst accents came out awesome!
CrazyAL not only sculpted this scaly serpentine sea creature, he glazed 18 artist proofs in search of the elusive monster. Each of these proofs is one-of-a-kind; no two are alike. But what of brave explorers who wish to create adventures of their very own? CrazyAL is offering a truly unique experience: collaborate with him to conjure up a unique leviathan from their own dark fathoms. A truly personalized art piece!
The Beast, not without its woes, creates its challenges for the artist and ceramicist. The first challenge is for the artist to be compensated for the amount of time taken to sculpt detail into three separate pieces, five counting the lids.
Second, each ceramic lid is given as much attention as the vessel. It also takes up the same footprint in the kiln as a regular size mug. This makes for an expensive duo adding up all the time and energy to create both pieces. Each lid is also paired with its vessel as they are glazed and fired together to keep the particular color variations consistent. Boxing and shipping five fragile items across vast distances has been given its due as a major concern and cost. All said, keeping the tremendous creature affordable as an art piece has to be the greatest challenge. CrazyAL Evans only works with the most skilled and professional ceramicist and his shop is not a discount house. However, ordering 100 sets will bring a lower price point. Contributors only to this Kickstarter will be offered the opportunity to just receive the head portion of the set as a reward. Only 50 heads will be made in the Mariner's Blue Glaze and up to 25 in the Aquamarine Glaze. More substantial contributors can expect to be rewarded with an entire set. Entire sets will be available only until the limit of serpent heads have been awarded in the edition.
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Risks and challenges
Ceramics are an uncertain art as far as outcome. Every glaze application and firing of the kiln can result in slight variations of the glaze. These pieces are 'low fired', this adds the the bright and beautiful colors and lower cost of production. The lower temperature of the kiln does not harden the ceramic material as much as a 'High Firing'. So, 'Low Fire' also adds to the fragile nature of this art piece.
Although very well packed, shipping a fragile object will have very uncertain out comes as each package is 'handled' differently. In my ten years of shipping ceramics a rare casualty has occurred, even when all shipments were packed the same.
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