Shohin pots

Shohin pots
Shohin pots

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fresh Pots

Pots fresh from the wheel are drying slowly as cool autumn weather begins.  When they're dry I'll be glazing some of them, staining others and then firing them all.  No bisque firing, just once up to around 2250 degrees F.(cone 6).

Bonsai bench for a client

A slab of cedar makes a fine bench for a friend's bonsai collection. 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010


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I found a video on Youtube of a slab roller - here's my version of it - it works really well for making an even thickness slab quickly!

Here's the link from New Earth Clay Pottery:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Into the fire

Just turned on the kiln for a firing. Here's a last look before I closed the lid.
I'll open it at noon tomorrow and see what happens in the fire. The bottom
one isn't a bonsai pot.  It lacks the drain hole and wire holes you
need for a bonsai. If I remember to take a picture as I unload the kiln I'll post it.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

This is my back garden studio- pretty tiny! I built it a few summers ago. Working in it requires the same kind of discipline as living in a small boat; returning tools to their proper places after each use, no accumulations of possibly useful stuff lying around on work surfaces. Really I could use a barn.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Getting Started

The purpose of this blog is to share my interest in bonsai pots and bonsai.  Over the past couple of years I've been learning about pottery, teaching myself to throw pots on a wheel, glazing, how to fire a kiln and how this all applies to bonsai pots.  I haven't found a lot of sources that apply specifically to bonsai pots, but some good advice from experienced potters has been a great help. I'm going to be posting pictures of my pots over the next while as soon as I sort out the issues involved in making presentable photographs!