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Post  Steve McGrew on Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:37 pm

I have been making pots for bonsai for about a year. I am not a bonsai person but a potter.
I came across this web site a few months ago. I was very excited to see the open way that pots are discussed here.
Here are four of my pots. The first two were fired in reduction to cone 8 in a gas fired kiln. The last two were fired in an anagama with wood to cone 12-13. The atmosphere in the anagama cycles from oxidizing to reducing and back again. With the addition of fire wood, the kiln is flooded with ash which combines with the vitrified clay to form a glaze. The anagama is fired for three and a half days.

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Post  John Quinn on Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:21 pm

Nice start, Steve. Welcome to the IBC!

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Post  fiona on Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:25 pm

I like that last one best, Steve.


btw - nice pics Wink Very Happy

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Post  Orion on Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:33 pm

All look really nice.

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Post  Poink88 on Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:50 pm

fiona wrote:I like that last one best, Steve.
Me too!

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2+2=3?

Post  Steve McGrew on Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:39 pm

Thank you all for your kind remarks and for not stating the obvious, that two gas fired pots and two anagama fired pots should equal pics of four pots, not three. Here is the second anagama pot (I hope).

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Post  Jesse McMahon on Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:09 pm

And now I think I have to say it again...I like the last one best. Nice work.

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Post  JimLewis on Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:11 pm

The last is my fav, too, but I like #2 also. Good work.

I think most bonsaiests might feel that the legs on most of these are just a wee bit too long.

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Post  GriGri on Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:31 pm

yep, definitely 2 and 4 for me.
Any web site you might be selling your work on ?

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More thanks to more kind people

Post  Steve McGrew on Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:30 pm

I really appreciate your remarks. The 4th pot was my all time favorite but I sold it and now its gone. I agree that the legs are too long for some bonsaiests (neat word,Jim), but I have had some people looking for unusual configurations including long legs. I'm struggling with a web page where more of my pots can be seen. [url]bonsai-potter.com[/url]

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Post  cbobgo on Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:07 pm

very nice - keep making more! We need more good bonsai potters here in California.

- bob

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