From the 6th – 11th November I was privileged to take part in the Natural Flux Exhibition that was held at the Brick Lane Gallery Annexe in East London. This was arranged and orchestrated by Peter Warren of Shunka-en and Saruyama fame. This was the first time, that I am aware of, bonsai being displayed in a contemporary art gallery setting, it was subtle but very moving and very well receieved.
A while ago Peter asked me if I wanted to take part, what fool would turn it down, and I had to produce some Bonsai ceramics but think outside of the box. For those of you that know me I have been making Bonsai ceramics for about 10 years now and for me to step away from the classical shapes and styles and to think outside of the box was a little hard for me. So I had to look at my life and surroundings to gain some inspiration.
My day job is working on the London Underground railway network and I used the inspiration of the mechanical environment and the industrial side of thing to influence my pots. I also decided to “Reconstruct” my pots and then rejoin them with screws and rivets to give it a more industrial feel and look. I also obtained a porcelain pot that is used to hold and insulate the live rail that the trains run on and use it as an alternative stand for the pot and tree.
I really enjoyed the show and am really pleased I was invited to show my slightly alternative take on the humble bonsai pot. Here a few pictures of my humble offering and some of the show pictures
The following pots were made by a good friend of mine, Clare Wakefield. Clare has never made Bonsai Ceramics before and after a quick retweet of her work Peter saw Clare’s work and fell in love. Clare is world reknown for her sea inspired sculptured ceramics and it translated superbly into this exhibition. More of Clare’s work can be found here