Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I want to help the earthquake victims

As I was getting ready to go to work today I heard more news about Haiti and the disaster relief going on there. Total destruction and choas, upwards of 200,000 feared missing or dead.

Now I want to do my part. It may be a small part, but I want to begin a pot auction to assist the RED CROSS in their relief efforts. Kev Bailey, the moderator of the Internet Bonsai Club, has agreed to help me out with this and I am hoping that other potters will follow. The IBC will donate ALL PROCEEDS from the sale to the red cross on my behalf, and I will pay ALL SHIPPING.

For the auction, go to the post link here: IBC earthquake relief , and I will be following up more information on the site about the pot and auction specifics....

Thanks for your help,
Rob Addonizio

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I dig this glaze...

I really like the color and optics in this glaze!

See you guys on Friday...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

HAN KENGAI "Personality without ego."

The japanese term for half cascade is Han Kengai.

I seem to appreciate this form more and more. Some of the best compositions that I have seen in this style seem to have the best  balance. The graceful sloping branches take their time as they decend around to encompass the base of a great pot, all the while complimenting itself to the top, or apex. Artists and enthusiasts who work in this style have to work to keep the balance alive. The tree wants to grow upwards and must be trained down. The artist has to keep the bottom vigorous and keep the top short yet healthy.

To keep this visual interest below the rim of the pot I sometimes like to put some added features. A few rivets or a rustic chop help to achieve this small goal. It gives flavor and character to the tree and compliments it. Hopefully.

The trick is to add personality without the ego. That's the hard part!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Interesting glaze combo

We potters can never quite seem to have enough time to experiment with glazes. Well, at least that's how I feel. When I was a painter, any color that I wanted could easily be mixed up. If I wanted a different shade, or  a lighter hue, or even a darker value, it was easily accomplished within minutes. Sometimes the color that I wanted didn't work in a composition and I would have to keep searching, but the search was never a long one, at least compared to what happens in pottery.
Its a time issue. It takes at least a month's time to turn out test tiles of different color glazes, and then there is retesting to compensate for differences: firing temp, atmosphere, claybody, underglaze and stain, so on and so on.
So I have learned to be patient, or at least more pragmatic. I know that to get a good result in any glaze test requires planning and taking good notes. I still have a few commercial stand by colors on my shelves, but they are disappearing and I am moving more into the unknown. But I like the unexpected so I will follow these new directions and hopefully build on my positives.
Now, if I could only find my notebook......

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Carol's accents

Well, today is Sunday and we have 6 days to go for Joy of Bonsai, 2010. I am very much 'in the weeds' trying to get my inventory logged in and up to date. Its really quite a lot of work taking and logging photos. I photograph them, log them, edit them, upload, download, curse, upload, download, curse, etc...you get the picture. Okay, no pun intended.

I was asked to do some leaf like accents by Carol from KAWA. I have a total of 5 five in the set and I am sharing this couplet here. It features a yellow satin glaze over manganese speckled clay. I would like to do some more of these in my new kiln this year with some other combo combinations...

Stay warm guys!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Countdown to Joy of Bonsai 2010!

Well, some of you guys have may been wondering where my new pots are. I have been very busy glazing my last set of pots. I never realized how much time it would take to get all 34 + done, but I am finally finished! Now I am gearing up for a great time at Joy of Bonsai, 2010. We will have lots of vendors selling pots, trees, accessories and all things bonsai.

Rather than put out photos of all my pots here and on my photo server Picasa, I have decided to share a few details from a few here this week. I have been doing some experimenting and some regular stand-by techniques in this round, and I hope if you get to see them in person you will be pleased or at least interested by what you see.

So if you like rss or subscribe or check back daily for a sample of what's to come. I will be sharing some samples and agenda items about the show this year. In the meantime, try to find a way to come to this great mini-convention. You won't want to miss it!

Check out this technique!