The Reaching Pot – Transformations with Life #9

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to repurpose this small tea bowl. It was very nicely done, comfortable in the hand, and with a beautiful blue crackle glaze. This early pot got very close to some of the early Korean pots I was inspired by. When I added this little indoor hanging plant, I wasn’t sure how it would react, much less how it would grow. I thought it would hang down over the sides and cover the pot. Well, I was off the mark on that one. Wishing an hour of being transplanted, the plant raised its arms and seemed to grow before my eyes. It’s been happy there ever since.

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The Forest Floor – Transformations with Life #8

After planting the four maple seedlings I added some garden moss to keep the soil moist and then I put it in the sun. A few days later other plants started to grow. It looks very much like the floor of the forest with the trees high about and tons of life struggling fort a little sun under the canopy.

The pot is equally alive with textures imitating the magic that occurs in an Anagama kiln, but done in an electric kiln. Old shards of porcelain are fused into the sides and patches of iron oxide emulate natures hand when the flames and smoke paint the pots in a wood fired kiln. I’m very happy with this one.

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The Barber’s Story – Transformations with Life #7

One of only a few remaining of my long face vessels, this one was originally meant to be a prototype for s beer stein. At that time, I had yet discovered the versatility of porcelain, so this earthenware is thick and weighty. Still, it fits nicely in the hand and could have been used as a beer stein. It was quickly grabbed by my Dad and he used it like a gargoyle in his garden. I recently got it back and I’m gained what it might look like with living hair. Here, I’m using lavender. It felt like something one would see in a hip barber shop. As will all of these repurposed pots, I also used moss from my property, which often grows a small forest of odd weeds and grasses from it.

Please take note that there are two different pots shown here. I planted a flower from my garden that returns every year. I’ve always known them as snapdragons. The become a bright orange-pink and look like a cross between a crocus and bird of paradise. The goblets they are now living in were from a series I made a few years ago, after leaving school and starting an apprenticeship in a private ceramics studio. The master, Marie Côté, guided me, but let me explore different clay bodies. I had seen some amazing combinations that they told me in school just couldn’t be done. I knew it could when I saw Keon De Winter’s porcelain and stoneware combinations. I chose to try a variety of different combinations, from porcelain to terracotta, and all in between, then add my raku-style touches to the finish. You see here a could of the end results. The first two used heavy-grog earthenware around black porcelain. The last two used a raku-stoneware body around a red terracotta. As you can see with these last two, a chemical change caused the red clay to become brown in the high-firing temperatures.

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For more of my repurposing projects, visit Found – The Repurposed Design Company: http://www.found-designs.com

Summer Flowers – Transformations with Life #6

Please take note that there are two different pots shown here. I planted a flower from my garden that returns every year. I’ve always known them as snapdragons. The become a bright orange-pink and look like a cross between a crocus and bird of paradise. The goblets they are now living in were from a series I made a few years ago, after leaving school and starting an apprenticeship in a private ceramics studio. The master, Marie Côté, guided me, but let me explore different clay bodies. I had seen some amazing combinations that they told me in school just couldn’t be done. I knew it could when I saw Keon De Winter’s porcelain and stoneware combinations. I chose to try a variety of different combinations, from porcelain to terracotta, and all in between, then add my raku-style touches to the finish. You see here a could of the end results. The first two used heavy-grog earthenware around black porcelain. The last two used a raku-stoneware body around a red terracotta. As you can see with these last two, a chemical change caused the red clay to become brown in the high-firing temperatures.

For more of my ceramics, visit Arts M.Perron: www.1-mario-perron.pixels.com

For more of my repurposing projects, visit Found – The Repurposed Design Company: www.found-designs.com

Purely Canadian Bonsai – Transformations with Life #5

Elevating my electric-fired, Raku-style tea bowls has been and continues to be loads of fun. Part of it is the fun of finding suitable small trees that could possibly become bonsais. In this case, I found a small maple tree, about 30cm high and with massive leaves. I made the choice to think outside the possibility f having a small leaved plant for this Bonsai. It may be a more traditional choice, but the large leaves gave me pause and gave it a more Canadian feel. Our maple are large and proud, and so is this little tree.

For more of my ceramics, visit Arts M.Perron: http://www.1-mario-perron.pixels.com

For more of my repurposing projects, visit Found – The Repurposed Design Company: http://www.found-designs.com