|Thanks to Graham Eagle for the metal (all that remained of his original wheelbarrow). This was a fun project and it has come in handy for moving pots around the garden. Nice to have a wheelbarrow with a tire that never goes flat between uses.|
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
This Scots Pine has been worked on through part of the last two growing seasons and got a new pot last week. Still needs a few years to develop and refine yet.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
This is what a pot has to withstand at below freezing temperatures. Can you make out the crystals of frost in the soil? Pots must be made of a clay that fires densely enough to absorb no water, or else this is the result. This is a commercial pot from China. The shape is fine - the sloping walls directing the expanding ice upwards rather than outward. But the porosity of the clay is the weakness here. When choosing a clay I choose the lowest porosity stoneware I can. I fire it to the point where it becomes as hard as stone. None of my pots have suffered any damage from freezing.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Part of the next kiln load almost ready to go. I'll glaze some, stain others and leave some unglazed as well.