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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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.

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Little Trees – Transformations with Life #4

I have all these little maple trees growing all over my yard. At first I wasn’t sure what to do with them. Now I have a few ideas. Always fascinated with Bonsais, I thought I could possibly do my own with a Canadian twist. Taking some of my electric-fired, Raku-styled tea bowls and using them as pots just seemed to make sense, especially since I’ve been getting so many ideas from Pinterest to do just this.

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A Creeping Donavan – Transformations of Life #3

This pitiful succulent was laying half out of its plastic pot when I found it in the hardware store garden centre. It needed some love. I wasn’t sure it would to survive being transplanted, much less be able to stand being formed and bent with wire. I gently added fresh earth around it and placed it in one of my more successful tea bowls. I watered it for a few days and watched it come back to life, before bending and shaping it into the bonsai form you see here. To my joy, it continued to get stronger.

The pot is slab built and tapped from an earthenware clay body. The glaze is a dark celadon dip that I brushed and in some places, splattered red iron oxide stain. The small bumps you see are scraps of porcelain I had laying around the studio before cleaning time. I rolled the soft pot in them before bisque firing.

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