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 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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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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The Potted Pixie – Transformations With Life #2

This simple succulent is elevated and transformed, as is the small tea bowl, now reborn as a planter. The pot now lives into a second life with purpose as the home of this baby plant. Something about how she stands in the pot, full of mischief and reaching to get out and conquer the world, reminded me of images of pixies playing in a child’s bedroom as it slept.

The pot is hand built from a raku stoneware clay body, with a base tapped to a rustic taper. The glaze is achieved by alienating layers of  a Pinel Green, with a high gloss clear, and a surface brushing of a slip mad of the same clay body, mat white glaze, and iron dust.  The inside is coated in a red engobe covered in a clear glaze.

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Transformed With Life #1

I recently opened a box full of ceramics bowls I made a few years ago, because someone asked me for one they saw on Arts M.Perron. They wanted to use it for something entirely different than I originally planned for it. I conceived it as a tea bowl. Their alternative usage inspired me to look at all of them differently.

Transformed with Life 1b

Thanks to the work I’m doing with my furniture refurbishing business, Found – The Repurposed Design Company, I’ve become very aware of new ways of seeing some of my old artworks. Along with the extra studies I’m doing for my Art Ed degree, I’ve been attracting more and more muses that seem to love Wabi-Sabi aesthetics as much as I do. The most common images coming in to me are of bonsais. So, I decided to see how they looked as planters. I love the way they looked and I am slowly recycling these old pieces into unique decoration ideas. In essence, I’ve repurposed them into something more attractive to the market I have seen around me lately.

There will be more of these coming soon. For now, this one has two different succulents in it. I have some with small maple trees, cactus, and I’m currently hunting for the perfect conifers to change them up. Please stay tuned here and at Found – The Repurposed Design Company for more to come.

You can also see many of the bowls in their original state at Living with Visions @ Arts M.Perron: http://www.1-mario-perron.pixels.com