All Change Please, All Change…


Due to me being really busy and trying to juggle WordPress, Facebook, Twitter etc etc I have just decided to keep the Stone Monkey Ceramics Face Book page going. So all new posts on all things Stone Monkey will be HERE

I will try and find a way that when I post on Face Book it automatically posts on here. i have worked it out for Twitter so perhaps it can be done on Word Press. If anyone know how then please let me know.

So remember all future posts will be HERE

Thanks for you patience

Kind regards



Getting Ready for Bonsai World in Crawley

Over the past few weeks I have been supporting my better half at her ceramics shows, now its time for me to knuckle down and get some pots ready for my next show, Bonsai World at the K2 Centre in Crawley, Surrey over the weekend of the 8th & 9th August. I have been busy in the work shop and here is a little taster of the production line at present. 

All pots have now been bisque firied and its all hands to the pump to get the glazing done and one, perhaps two firings done for the next show. There is one exception in the last picture which is the tall cascade pot with plum blossom on which will be my award at Bonsai Europa in October this year, more to follow on this later…

Koito Taizan

Japanese Bonsai Pots Blog

Koito Taizan was born Nagakura Saburo in 1911 and died in 1997. The Koito-yaki kiln was one of old kilns in Japan, and first opened in the Edo period, Kanei era(1624-1643). Before the war, Koito Taizan returned to his hometown after an apprenticeship in Seto, in order to establish himself as a potter, and reconstruct the kiln of his forefathers.

He asked Kyuzo Murata of Kyuka En in Omiya Village, his cousin, for assistance and guidance in reconstructing the Koito kiln, and completed the task in 1946. If you’re not familiar with the name, Murata was a famous bonsai artist, and Koito Taizan began making small bonsai containers commissioned by Kyukaen. In 1949 the first stage firing of 200 small bonsai pots was completed. The containers fascinated enthusiasts from the start with their whimsy and charming decorations. Shortly after winning the coveted Fine Arts Exhibition prize, Koito Taizan was forced…

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Back to the grind

After doing a couple of Ceramics Fairs with my better half selling here work I am finally able to get back in the groove and make some more Bonsai Ceramics. The past two weekends I was at Earth & Fire at Rufford Abbey in Nottingham and the past weekend, Art in Clay at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. Marie, my wife, had been busier than ever getting pieces made for the shows. This was a particular favourite of mine, entitled “The Road to Arles” it’s a one of piece celebrating the 125th year since the passing of Vincent Van Gogh. Inspired by his drawing called “Old White Nag” one of his self portraits and the memorable “The Sunflowers” Marie even captured the brush stroke Van Gogh used in the sculpture

Shame he did not sell but I don’t see him being about for too long.


Busy Busy Busy

Apologies at not putting any posts on the Blog for sometime as I have been busy with life, the universe and everything clay. I have had a commission list as long as my arm with work going out to the USA, Europe and even as far as Down Under. Today sees me glazing a plethora of pots mainly mine but some some that students have made. 

Anyway onwards and upwards and I am sure by the end of the day I will end up like this little fellow


Pots for Sale

I have spent the last few days uploading stock on my website and pots can be found for sale here 

Thanks for a good start to 2015 with three fab shows. My next two shows this year will be Bonsai World and Bonsai Europa. See the events page for more details and locations of these two shows for 2015

The Last Show(hin) for a While

Pardon the pun but I could not resist. Yesterday was the very excellent and superb show that was Shohin UK2 held at Failand in Bristol. I had a fantastic day and thank you to all of you who brought my wares. It was great to meet up with old friends and chat over this obsessive hobby of ours. 

I was honoured to have my Gafu Ten pot display out in pride of place and a huge thanks to Mark and Ritta for supplying the wonderful stands for me to grace with my work 

A huge congratulations to Steve for his best tree and pot combo award of which Steve won the three pots I sent out to Japan for Gafu Ten, but were not selected for display. These 3 pots were the award for this prize shown in the picture next to Steve’s beautiful composition

All remaining pots that I have in stock will be put on my website over the course of this week. I need to unpack everything first then get busy getting all internetual. I now have a break in bonsai shows until Bonsai World in Crawley in August and Bonsai Europa in October. I will be making more pots for these shows including a special award pot for Europa.  

Thanks again and I will be back on here soon with more ramblings from the Stone Monkey’s den


Sorry its been a while…

Sorry I have not posted on here for a while I have been a rather busy Monkey over the past few weeks. The Noelanders trophy has been and gone, this year was a fantastic year for me with record sales over any other show I have done to date. Marie and I were very bust wrapping pots like crazy on the Saturday so many many thanks to all those of you who made a purchase at my stand.

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A week later was the Swindon show and again that was a fantastic show with records sales of pots sold in a single day over any other show, again a huge thanks to those of you that purchased from my stand

Stone-Monkey_1On Sunday 15th March is the Shohin UK2 Show at Failand in Bristol. Really looking forward to this show and meeting up with friends old and new, see you there if your coming along for what promises to be another great show in the 2015 Bonsai Calendar