Every year I supplied an annual award for the Tree of the Month Annual award for the club member who has won the most points over the course of the year having a winning tree each month, voted for by the members. Les suggested that I make a trophy that can be used each year for each winner to have their name on the trophy and they hold it for their winning year before it passes on to the next winner.

So after Les worked some of his magic on getting hold of a nice piece of timber from John Brocklehurst, he of table and Trev fame, he passed it onto me to add my two penneth on. I did a rough design on paper to the size that I wanted it then sculpted the tree from clay straight onto the design

IMG_0587After building up the clay the image looked like this on the wood

IMG_0598The tree was then glazed with slips and velvet underglazes which is essentially like painting a model as it will come out the colour you paint it. Being that it is on a terracotta body, as that is the colour that I wanted the pot to be, the underglaze colours will come out a little darker that they are shown here

IMG_0673After the final firing to 1180 degrees centigrade and the addition of the engraved brass plaque the finished item looked like this hung on my wall, like I am gonna win it (NOT).

IMG_0847The large space on the right has been left intentionally for the small individual plaques for the winner of each year, so plenty of room for you Les. I really enjoyed doing this and using the velvet underglazes and slips and it has given me food for thought for a few other Bonsai related ceramics.

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