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Post  crazybonsaiguy on Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:10 pm

I am just getting started with bonsai pottery (I've had four "batches" come out of the kiln) and wanted to share what I've done so far. I am an artist (oil painter) by training, but fell in love with bonsai about seven years ago now, and have just taken up ceramics over the past year. I rarely have any time for it, plus I'm slow at it- thus only four batches. I would appreciate any comments or criticism any of you are willing to share with me.

Thanks,

Steve


This is my first porcelain one. I carved it from a block. It has some flaws in the glaze, so I am showing you the good side.


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A small shohin pot.


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Second porcelain pot- featuring my attempt at a foo dog.




Going into the kiln, I assumed this one would come out a total piece of junk, but the fire did a trick and I have actually grown fond of it.






Trying out some decorative rivets.









Couldn't get the camera to capture this one. It is a dragon in the water. I put the clear celadon glaze on too thick and it caused a kind of frosty version of the under painting.

Thanks for taking a look!


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Post  Russell Coker on Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:51 pm

I think they're really nice, especially the first and last. That first pot, how bad is the bad side? I want it - er, um, I mean how big is it?

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Post  ogie on Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:58 pm

You got great skill there,keep them coming,they are all great

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Post  crazybonsaiguy on Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:07 pm

Thanks for the kind replies! I'm not ready to begin selling because I am still too new to it all, and these represent my first attempts. I think if I parted with them, I would miss them later in life. This, plus I had my firstborn recently, and from the looks of things, I may only be able to make a handful a year for the next decade or so.

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Post  Kev Bailey on Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:39 pm

Astonishingly good "first attempts"! If that is how you are starting out, you are well on the path to a career in bonsai pottery. Keep watching and sharing with the other potters on this forum please.

Happy to see you posting here.

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Post  peter krebs on Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:33 am

Hi Steve,
these are absolutely beautiful pots



Best wishes
Peter


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Post  DreadyKGB on Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:39 am

Steve,
That last porcelain pot is amazing. I can't stop looking at it. Keep up the great work.

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Post  Gwyther on Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:57 pm

Hi Steve

Really cool work,you're off to a great start, epecially the porcelain pots !!!!!!!!!!! Smile

Cheers

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Post  Bugeye on Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:47 pm

Yah really bad stuff Steve! We all wish we could start that good. The photos dont do these justice.
You even got Peter's attention. You missed a good meeting.
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Post  newzealandteatree on Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:22 pm

Steve, nice artistic pots. Keep up the good works.

Cheers.

CJ
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Post  crazybonsaiguy on Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:59 pm

Thanks for the encouraging comments everyone. I will try to post whenever I get anything good out of the kiln.

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Post  Tom Benda on Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:02 pm

I love Your porcelain pots!

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Post  Bob Bailey on Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:45 pm


You have a wonderful talent,the porcelain pots are truely beautiful, thankyou for sharung with us
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Post  Harleyrider on Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:06 pm

Seriously nice pots Steve!

Having been (in the past) closely involved in the tattoo world, and being heavily influenced by the Japanese style, I find your painted pots especially attractive. The Foo dog with Cherry blossom is beautiful, and the dragon bowl is to die for! If you're not happy with it, I can offer it a very good home. Seriously.

Take care and keep 'em coming!

Steve

PS Explore the Cherry/Plum/Apricot blossom motif more.

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Post  bumblebee on Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:30 am

Your dragon pot is absolutely amazing! I love it.

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Post  Chris Cochrane on Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:01 am

These are nicely artistic, Steve. The strongly recessed location of some pots' feet reduces stability but contributes to perceived lightness & elevation.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:28 am

Steve, your pots are beautiful. I looked at your first pot photo and thought "no, he couldn't have done this one, this must be the wrong picture of a collector's pot ..." But then I realized that it was your pot. I like the way your nail heads look. The dragon pot is looks good in the "celadon mist". You were certainly born to make pots!
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Post  Neil Jaeger on Sat Apr 02, 2011 5:10 am

I agree with everyone these are great. I really hope you find some more time for these i think you are on to somthing these would sell like hot cakes.

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Post  Rob Addonizio on Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:32 am

Very nice pots indeed! I think you have done a great job with the painted blue pots especially. This technique requires a lot of time, but the results are definitely worth it, IMHO.

So what are the temp/cone and atmosphere you are firing to?

Thanks for sharing!

Rob

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Post  crazybonsaiguy on Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:12 am

Thanks for the kind words and encouragement, everyone. I really appreciate the feedback.



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Post  crazybonsaiguy on Thu Apr 07, 2011 12:18 am

Thanks, Rob. I should have included that in the original post- all the pot are fired at cone 10 in a reduction atmosphere.

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