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)