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Re: Surprise from my kiln

Post  peter krebs on Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:54 pm

Hello Rob, and Rob, Laughing Laughing

slab build is not heavier or lighter than a potter's wheel,
there may be a little more freedom.

A street sweeper who swept roads for 30 years goes to a virtuoso with a broom,
not otherwise related to the pottery, pottery after 30 years will be a virtuoso at the clay.

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Post  peter krebs on Fri Oct 09, 2009 12:44 pm

Mountain does not move
(Subjective autumn pictures and thoughts)

Recognising the three steps to bonsai



The mountain - resting in itself, no movement. Unlike the tree - bonsai, movement, completing the destination. Unlike man - wavering to and fro in his search like a willow branch, not knowing his destination. Holding on to short-lived things. The knowledge that my own life is ephemeral helps me recognise the three steps to bonsai. These steps are fluent and not always clearly to be seen or defined. Thousands of reasons, hopes, wishes and longing have led one or another bonsai enthusiast to his hobby. I want to address the person for whom bonsai has become more than a spare time hobby, and those who have experienced all ups and especially the downs (and still do). Those who have been infected by the bonsai virus.
First step: the first step to bonsai is big (not high), easy to climb for everybody. From this step one can jump off again at any time. If I should try to establish an order, a system at this point, I would succeed on this level.
Trying a definition: Getting to know bonsai, becoming active, self-taught learning of traditional bonsai knowledge (shaping, care and maintenance) from literature, workshops etc.

The transition to the next step is fluent. Without permanent effort it cannot be reached. It is hard to define, to make clear what this step is about.
Trying a definition: permanent further study, more intensive occupation with bonsai, with model trees, with nature. A flare-up, a first understanding of interrelations. Recognising that bonsai is more than decoration, presentation, prestigious possession etc. On this step you hear a muted humming, singsong, like the song of the earth. The highest point of this step will free the spirit, like the view from a mountain. I will be enabled to make the first step to independent acting. This step awakes the artistic spirit inside of us. For creating a bonsai this means not thinking and acting in a certain pattern, but recognising the spirit of a tree and completing it with virtuosity according to its nature.



The transition to the last step is fluent. Reaching this step is only granted to few people. It needs the effort of a whole life, without interruption. If the second step was hard to define, this one is beyond interpretation. Inevitably there will be misunderstanding, even rejection, if you tried it with words or letters.
Nevertheless I'll try to list a few words for this level according to their order and importance.
A try: letting go, bonsai creation without bonsai, inner creation, inner garden, going on, going further...???
A man, searching
A tree, destination
A mountain does not move





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Peter

Trees and pots from my collection in 1992
All the pots was without mould handmade,
fiered to 1220 ° C
Photo: Peter Krebs
Translation by Heike van Gunst


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Re: Surprise from my kiln

Post  Robert Wallace on Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:40 pm

Peter,
Your years and dedication to Art come through so well in your bonsai, your pottery, and your writting.
Thanks for you positive presence in this forum and the beautiful work you show, it is inspiring.
Robert

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Post  Rob Addonizio on Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:29 am

Peter,
Your words are very inspiring and your trees/pots wonderful!

I hope all of us notice here what a splendid harmony you have achieved in selecting pot colors with trees/leaves. (Cool green here, warm yet understated red/brown there, etc.) Being a potter, it is the first thing that I notice. It is like an underlying secret that comes out when you look for it. Takes me back to my days as an undergrad art student of Color Theory.

After that then I look at the tree placement, branches, movement, style, and balance.
Very, very nice!
Rob

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Post  Kev Bailey on Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:22 am

Thank you for your wonderful post Peter.

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Re: Surprise from my kiln

Post  peter krebs on Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:37 am

Hello Robert, Rob and Kev

Bonsai and pots are not really important in life,
but they are the icing on the cake of life.

It is the focus on the finer things in life.
We support all of us a piece of this journey,
and the forum is a peaceful place.

Here's something for the happy hours of the day.

There are many facets to the appreciation of a bonsai.
The place where the tree is situated, the pot in which it stands, the accent plant,
the stone or the scroll that finish the overall picture.
Here's an attempt to underline the dignity of a tree with words.



Like a crane's dance,
as if it was not rooted,
a noble pine bunjin.

Starting with the knowledge
that a life is not enough,
in designing a bunin
the master strives for the essential
by omitting the marginal.
Peter Krebs
BONSAI MASTERPIECE BY WALTER PALL
Mountain pine (Pinus mugo)
Collected by Wolfgang Käflein in Germany in 1985.
Over 100 years old, height 60 cm.
Pot: Peter Krebs
Photograph: Walter Pall


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Post  peter krebs on Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:40 am



True grandeur, space in the minuscule
past, present, future
trailing away in the branchlets.

Should I describe this tree
I would have to go a long way, talk about
the scent of spring
the colours of the summer
the cry of the wild goose in autumn
the taste of snowy air in the winter
the feeling of being
in a timeless time.

Peter Krebs


BONSAI MASTERPIECE BY WALTER PALL
Mountain pine (pinus mugo)
Height: 15 cm
Pot: Peter Krebs
Photograph: Walter Pall

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Re: Surprise from my kiln

Post  peter krebs on Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:27 am

Hello pot lovers

here are some new gadgets from my kiln.
They are small raisins in the cake of a potter.


Bat pot size:22 cm x 18,5 cm x 7 cm


Bat pot size:22 cm x 18,5 cm x 7 cm


Size: 23 cm x 17 cm x 4,5 cm


Small Ornament size: 23 cm x 18,5 cm x7 cm


Leo feet pot size: 11,5 cm x 10 cm x 3,4 cm


Leo feet size: 2cm hight

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Post  kitoi on Sun Oct 25, 2009 4:38 am

Wow! Those are great! My favorite is the last one!

I still can not get over that your pots are hand built, amazing talent!!

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Post  John Quinn on Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:16 pm

Yes, the Lion foot pot is great!

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Re: Surprise from my kiln

Post  Rob Addonizio on Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:26 am

Most beautiful work Peter thumbs up

You have a lot of practice with your technique and it shows. I really love your patina on your red oxide pots.

We should be paying just to SEE these ! Laughing

Thanks for sharing-
Rob

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Re: Surprise from my kiln

Post  peter krebs on Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:23 am

Hi Kitoi,

thanks for the nice compliment.

The pottery is not art but a craft process. The longer working in the craft is, the easier it will be the handles.
After long years, we think of pottery does not last for more on the technology.
The head is free and can enjoy the playful use of the clay.

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Re: Surprise from my kiln

Post  peter krebs on Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:24 am

Hi John,

Thank you also for the assessment.

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Post  peter krebs on Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:29 am

Hi Rob,
Thanks for the great compliment.

Unglazed pots are my great passion, my heart and my soul. This clay is like a diva, very sensitive, and he does not forgive mistakes. For me personally, this is the highest and most difficult kind of my pottery. It will probably take a long time until I achieved the perfection which I aspire.
Here are a few rectangular pots with this surface:


size: 18,5 x 15 x 6,5 cm


18,5 x 18,5 x 10,5 cm


32,5 x 25 x 8,5 cm


25,5 x 16 x 6 cm


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Post  peter krebs on Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:36 am


47 x 32 x 17 cm


32,5 x 18 x 10 cm


42 x 33,5 x 10,5 cm


30 x 18 x 6,5 repaired with gold.

regards
Peter


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Post  Kev Bailey on Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:37 am

Once again Peter, absolutely gorgeous pots. The patina effect is superb.

Gold restoration! Shocked I'd love to be able to do that on a pot of mine but I'm afraid I'd have to sell the house with gold at its current price.

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Post  Guest on Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:47 pm

Peter. What fantastic pots, truly stunning. In a recent thread, the discusion centred on, inspiration from our own cultures. How about Wolves, Bears and Badgers and Wild Boar for instance? You may well have thought of this already.

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Re: Surprise from my kiln

Post  peter krebs on Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:00 am

Hi Kev,

Many thanks for the nice compliment.

For me, the question was to repair teeth or the pot, You look for what I've decided. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  peter krebs on Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:01 am

Hi Will,

also thank you for the nice compliment.

Of course you can do that, everything is allowed, there is no limit.

Rob Kempinski once asked whether one can paint the skyline of New York on pots, of course you can do that
I have in my photo collection "pot motifs" representations of Rococo, erotic, and political scenes.

Even with the pot feet that is so, everything is permitted.
I have in preparation an article about pot-feet.
Here are just a small example:


http://www.bonsaipots.net/index.php?page=cephalopod

regards
Peter


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Post  peter krebs on Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:06 am

And here is something to laugh for the weekend.


Hello Freaks,

some people paint during a call any pattern or stick figure on a paper.

This is at a different potters. Because it's hands full of clay has stuck, he is the handset between the head and shoulder, and kneads clay pickings small moon faces (to the delight and amusement of his little grandchildren) Laughing Laughing Laughing
Size of the heads around 6-7 cm







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Post  kitoi on Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:56 am


Those faces are great Peter!! Love the expressions on them.

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Post  peter krebs on Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:44 am

Hello pot lovers.

Unglazed pots are my great passion, my heart and my soul. This clay is like a diva, very sensitive, and he does not forgive mistakes. For me personally, this is the highest and most difficult kind of my pottery. It will probably take a long time until I achieved the perfection which I aspire.
Here are a few oval pots with this surface:


Size: 37 x 28 x 10 cm


Size: 48 x 41 x 8 cm


Size: 73 x 36 x 7,5 cm


Size: 39 x 31 x 10 cm


Size: 29 x 22 x 5,5 cm


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Post  peter krebs on Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:47 am


Size: 26 x 20 x 5 cm


Size: 23 x 19 x 5 cm


Size: 23 x 25 x 6,5 cm


Size: 33 x 28 x 8 cm


Size: 40 x 32 x 10 cm

All pots are hand made without mould and potter wheel
fired to ca. 1220°C

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Peter
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Post  Rob Addonizio on Wed Nov 11, 2009 11:37 am

Wow Peter, such grace and style.....

Love your rivet pots especially. Some of the best I have ever seen Shocked

Your work is truly inspirational... cheers

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Time to read the very long post

Post  Tony on Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:16 pm

Hi Peter, I have just taken some quality time to read through this wonderful post (almost an hour). I have known your work for many years and admired and purchased from you.

A pot is suppost to be the bridesmaid to the Bride (tree) for me.. I would always be happy to be the bridesmaid if she were this beautiful.

Your work here is truly inspirational and a credit to the art of ceramics. I am sure that the other exponents of bonsai pot creation agree with me that you sure push the boundaries and make works of art in their own right, and they like me welcome your active involvement on IBC.

I am looking forward to sharing a beer with you at Noelanders... Andy (Stone Monkey) says he is paying Surprised

Regards

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