Courtesy of bonsaieejit thanks for the pictures Ian
Here are some photos from Enfield Bonsai Group Autumn Bonsai Show held at Capel Manor last weekend courtesy of Dan from the group, thanks mate..
Best Display – John Armitage
And a gallery of the rest including club entries and even a few demo pics.
After making the Tsubo style pot in my last batch of pots has put me on a little bit of a different path and I decided to have a go at some larger tsubo pot / jar like vessels. Being that my throwing ability is restricted I will have to make them in more than one part and then join them together. I think with more practise I will be able to throw fewer and larger so as to have fewer pieces to join together. The clay I use is very heavily grogged as it can be used for all manner of firings, including Raku. The clay throws well but is not very elastic and a little on the short side but that aside I love working with it as it lends itself to so many different aspects of pottery.
I took a few shots of the pots during the making process:
In the UK we are very lucky to have so many master potters to aspire to. Lisa Hammond is one that I find very inspiring and her work is beautiful and influenced by Japanese Ceramics.
This video is worth a watch, and for me very influencial
Here are a few of the pots that came out of the kiln firing at the weekend
Well I went to the gallery on Saturday, that’s my good ladies gallery Singing Soul Gallery run by Marie Prett in Cranbrook, to glaze about 30ish pots this Saturday just gone. 6 1/2 hours later and all were done and ready for the kiln to be loaded
and the firing was started at 0900hrs yesterday and finished at 1700hrs. My fingers are itching to open up the kiln and I am praying through the cooling period, which I call the long wait, to the kiln gods that they did not require too many sacrifices. I will post pictures when I have opened the kiln, hopefully Tuesday, when it will be like Christmas Day 😃
I was privileged to be asked by Peter Warren to take part in the Natural Flux Exhibition that he is organising and which is to held at the Brick Lane Gallery in East London, more information can be found here
I was then also asked if I could take part in an exhibition that to be held for London Underground Staff that do art in their spare time. This is also to be held in East London, Leytonstone to be precise.
Its like the old saying “You wait for a bus and then two turn up together” Well, I for one, am privileged to be asked to get on both of these buses but unfortunately can only be at one of the private viewings as they are both on at the same time. I will be at the opening of Natural Flux with my work and my work will be at the London Underground Staff Exhibition.
Thanks for the invites to both exhibitions I am really looking forward to them both and if you can get along to either I am sure you will enjoy
I had one final Bonsai Pot commission to make for a good friend of mine who has made the wooden boxes for my collectors pots over the years. So in good true tradesmen style we invariably swap product for product, a box for a pot. Well not any old box, this one was a work of art and for those of you that saw it at the Noelanders Trophy in January this year would agree. For those of you that did not see it… Anyway, where was I? Ah yes, so in return for this work of art I was asked to make a pot for a Silver Birch Bonsai. This was to be the biggest Bonsai Pot that I had made to date and took just over 12kg of clay to make it. As many of you may know clay shrinks during the drying and firing stages so the pot has to be made a bit bigger depending on the shrinkage rate of the clay. The clay I use shrinks 10% so after my calculations I had to make a pot in the wet state 23″ x 16.5″ x 4″ deep.
The pot is currently in the drying out phase, should take about 4 weeks, give or take the odd week here and there. Here are a few photos of the pot making process, slab built and coiled by hand.
- World’s bonsai experts to meet in Japan in 2017 (tokyotimes.com)
Some of you may know I work for London underground and they have an Art department who promote art on the Underground network. Their latest project was called 15 for 150 and this is what it was about
“To commemorate 150 years of London Underground, Art on the Underground has commissioned 15 artists to create a special signed and numbered limited edition artwork. These limited edition prints are a unique opportunity to buy and own art by some of the world’s leading international contemporary artists”
So whilst out and about I saw this piece of art for the project
For Art on The Underground Runa Islam has made a group of limited editions. Pocket Tube Map depicts an image of the bonsai tree humorously miniaturising the tree in relation to a pocket map (the pocket map having been an indispensable part of underground travel for so long). Tube Map 1 and Tube Map 2 consider London Underground to be a network that has taken root and spread under the city like the roots of a mature tree. The photo of the tree roots hand tinted with Tube line colours reconsider the mapping of the routes. These images can be regarded as alternative pocket maps.
About the artist
Runa Islam (born in 1970 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. lives and works in London)
Runa Islam’s work challenges and explores the structures, materiality and histories of representation and visuality, often in relation to cinematographic and architectural concerns. Adopting diverse methods and approaches in the presentation of her work, she disrupts, alters and enhances visual and architectural space, shifting perception and drawing attention to the act of seeing.
It’s funny how things that your interested I’m encroach on your day job.
- 17 London Underground Maps You Never Knew You Needed (buzzfeed.com)
… not a single step but a bit of clay. After my departure of managing and running the blog and website for Maidstone Bonsai Club I have found myself starting my own blog for Stone Monkey Ceramics.
I have been through somewhat of a “pottery career hiatus” over the past few months with me questioning my self imprisonement within Bonsai ceramics. Don’t get me wrong I have, and still continue to love, this ceramic form and area. My only question that I continually ask, and so do many other people, “Why are you just making bonsai pots?” I have a huge desire to play with clay in other fields and this is the start of that journey and one which I hope to document and lay my soul to bear, well almost, on this new blog, website, whatever you want to label it as.
So let the journey commence and I hope you will join me for the ride
- Autumn Bonsai Show at Capel Manor (sussexbonsaigroup.wordpress.com)