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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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

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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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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