THE TILE BASE

The tile base is what makes each Original Lawn Penguin unique. As of September2020 there are six different tile bases.


TYPE 1 FACE VALUE EXPLORER

High fired earthenware (1150-1160 c) with the symbols standing out from the surface and hand stamped with individual stamps. These were made in the original workshop with stamps used to make the tiles on the large Kaiaua Bird Sculpture. These stamps were destroyed in workshop fire along with all pottery and concrete equipment.



TYPE 2 FACE VALUE EXPLORER

General purpose hand building clay fired to 1000c by Botpots. These were produced from a handmade master stamp with the tile number individually stamped. The symbols on these tiles are the opposite to type 1 being indented into the clay rather than standing above the surface. These were generally heavily painted.

TYPE 3 SPECIAL NEW ZEALAND MODEL (W)

Low fired earthenware (1000 c) fired by Botpots. Produced from a hand made master stamp basically the same as Type 2 but with SNZM replacing FVE. These tiles are circular but the central hole is markedly offset. The clay is notably softer than types 1&2.




TYPE 4 SPECIAL NEW ZEALAND MODEL

Similar to Type 3 but with a more uniform central hole and generally with heavier paint.

TYPE 5 OLPCO XX

These tiles are made with red earthenware fired quite low and heavily painted to match the body finish. These penguins were a special model made specifically for N.Z. Sculpture on the Shore 2016.

TYPE 6  OLPCO HARBINGER

The first of the tiles to use a computer generated mould which gave a nice regular finish. The general appearance of the tile is a buff colour usually finished by antiquing with black paint.

TYPE 7 FACE VALUE EXPLORER

Glazed tiles with recessed hand stamped letters and centralised hole fired in the new kiln.

TYPE 8 OLCO XX (Second edition)

These tiles were made from a computer generated stamp similar to the Harbinger model. The tiles were fitted to the range of Penguins made specifically for N.Z. Sculpture on the Shore 2018 in 2 batches. The first batch was extremely high fired and reduced, but he second batch was much more mellow. Both batches were used. The tiles were finished in black similar to the Type 6 Harbinger.