Thursday, May 20, 2010
Since I've lived in both Cuba and Hawaii, and now Florida, I'm naturally inspired by tropical art, but lately tiki culture is invading my life. So, of course, I was inspired to make a tiki out of clay.
So far, I've only made one tiki shown in the first photo, since I've still been busy glazing. But I've made a couple of sketches for other tikis I plan to build. This first tiki is made from cassius basaltic clay, which fires ebony black. It's about 12 x 5 inches and is in the drying cabinet now. Perhaps there will be a few tiki mugs in the future too. Remember my tornado prawns recipe that fits the theme of tiki cuisine for sure.
I found a local artist who makes wood tikis and thought they'd be perfect to enhance the tropical feel of our Florida home. The wood tiki in the middle is about two and half feet tall and weighs about 80 pounds. Gary had to put it on a dolly to move it inside.
Remember the tropical tattoos of the mermaid and octopus which inspired me? Well the same guy also had a couple of tiki tattoos, which originally inspired me to make a ceramic tiki. It seems everywhere I look there is tropical inspiration.
Gary and I want to find a real tiki bar and go there to have a mai tai, a popular tiki culture drink, developed by Trader Vic's restaurant. Years ago I went to Trader Vic's in San Francisco, but I see that location is now closed. But I noticed there are other Trader Vic restaurants throughout the world. I had no idea. Have you been to a Trader Vic's restaurant or a tiki bar? There must be an authentic tiki bar here in Florida.
For years when I doodled in school, a palm tree on an island was the main focus of my drawings. Is it any wonder I've gravitated towards tiki art? Stay tuned for more tiki and tropical inspired ceramics. Hopefully I'll have some fired pieces back by next week to show you. Comments and suggestions are welcome.