UPDATE July 3, 2017
We had sold out, but — there are now more mugs available! The mug has gotten such a great response that a second batch of the Lava glaze will be made. These will not be numbered like the original limited edition batch, and they will ship a couple of months after the first batch is complete. I realized I had under-priced these mugs for the amount of work these will take, so the price has gone up — but they're available!
I'm Mark Boszko — you may know me as @bobtiki on Twitter, Facebook, and Tiki Central. And I want to make THIS tiki mug:
I'm making the first official tiki mug for my tiki bar, Kilauea Cove. Kilauea being the home of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes, the mug features Pele emerging from the surface of a volcano, with large cracks where lava will show through.
The Pele tiki mug being funded by this Kickstarter campaign will come in two variants:
The “Lava” Small Batch Numbered Edition (up to 50 mugs) will be roughly 7.5 inches tall, will hold roughly 15 ounces, and will come in a complex red-orange-yellow glaze and cracked black overglaze (Amaco Arroya Black SP), all non-toxic. The inside and lip will be glazed in red and orange that is completely food and alcohol safe.
The “Wood” Super Limited Numbered Edition (up to 5 mugs) will have the same dimensions, but with each mug individually hand-carved with additional wood cracks and finished in a wood-tone glaze, also food and alcohol safe.
Each mug will be numbered, ordered by your backer number. x/50 for the “Lava” edition, and x/5 for the “Wood” edition.
Update: Due to strong demand, a second batch of the Lava glaze will be made! These will not be numbered like the original limited edition batch, and they will ship a couple of months after the first batch is complete.
I have sculpted the mug, and I am currently making molds, and performing glaze tests. I will mold, cast, and glaze the mugs by hand. Tim Wood has agreed to bisque fire and glost fire the mugs.
If you pledge for a mug, and can get yourself to Seattle on August 26th, you can pick up your mug in person at my annual tiki party! Details for the party will be conveyed to backers who elect to pick up their mugs on-site. Backers who elect to have their mugs shipped should receive their mugs in September 2017, depending on shipping distance.
All artist’s fees for the mug will first be put toward the costs of throwing my annual tiki party, and if there are excess funds, they will be put toward future creations made at Vixen Labs, which may include new tiki mugs.
I have based this budget around the Kickstarter goal of $1000. If more mugs are backed, these ratios will change slightly.
As may be obvious from my @bobtiki handle, I really really love tiki. I've been into it since somewhere around 2005 when I fell into a rathole, researching the history of it, and finding a community that was as passionate about it as I was starting to be. I swore one day I would have a tiki bar in my basement, with its own tiki mug.
Flash forward twelve years, and I've finally started making the things I've always wanted to make. Last year I built Kilauea Cove — a small tiki bar in my basement, with an active volcano, carved trim, and custom shelves. You may have seen the volcano eruption video, if you read Critiki:
I've also been learning to sculpt — making Vulcan ears and Borg implants for my friends’ cosplay.
With the encouragement and advice of Jen Essex, Humuhumu Trott, Wendy Cevola, and Tim Wood, I've been learning learning the steps to make my own tiki mugs. Practicing the techniques needed to make a tiki mug, I sculpted and cast a unique set of sea turtle medallions.
Now I'm ready to make the first official tiki mug for Kilauea Cove. With your help, I can bring this mug to life!
Risks and challenges
I have tried to research this as thoroughly as I can, but there may be unforeseen complications, and my time estimates may be off. I have never cast this many clay items before, nor have I used this glaze combination before. The glazes may not come out exactly as envisioned in the artist’s concepts.
To counter this I have tested smaller scale slip-casting projects, from which I learned a lot. I am making glaze tests on individual mug casts before I go into production. I have skilled ceramicists I can call on for advice should anything go wrong. If the schedule slips, mugs intended for party attendees will be completed first, but mugs will remain numbered according to your backer number.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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