Friday, January 20, 2012

Pots for a gentleman...


As a bonsai potter, making commissioned pieces for customers can be a challenging, yet rewarding way to stay afloat between shows. I thought I would share a few lines here in the blogosphere of my experience with this last custom order of pots...

The client chose a couple of designs from my web page and added unique dimensions to fit his trees. The first pot is an oval of medium width with rope feet and trim. The second is a hard edged design with  similar width and depth in its interior.

Here are some shots of me working on some of the different stages of construction...

wedging the clay to prepare for throwing


centering and opening up to form the walls on the oval

cutting slabs for the rectangle



Well, here is how the pots turned out. I was quite pleased with the subtle character of each piece.  By now they are enjoying their new digs up in the northeast, probably awaiting a bit of spring fever!




The hard edged rectangle was styled from one of the pieces still on my website. It was constructed entirely from slabs.



Both pots have the same glaze; one that features a lot of visual interest when fired in a reduced atmosphere in my kiln.





The client told me he was very pleased with his latest shipment and I am glad my pots have found a happy home!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Waves of Expression?


I absolutely LOVE learning and developing new techniques. This last month I have been doing some experimenting on a new method that I find rather addicting.  It creates lines and patterns and gives great highlight to form and provides areas for holding glaze.  I tried it on several pots, simple accents, kusamono and some bonsai containers in glazed and unglazed pieces.

Here is another example in a smallish round, well suited for kusamono....

I would like to developing this style a bit more, especially for kusamono forms. For a bonsai pot, I tried some unglazed forms, like this one best suited for a rugged pine.


Time will tell if the bonsai crowd enjoys this particular surface treatment, but in the meantime, at least I can have some fun, keepin' it fresh! 

Cheers!



Check out this technique!