Posted 10 August 2013 - 05:14 AM
Mr Casey my original intent with pottery was to learn how to make bonsai pots. I found the strict design rules not to my liking and am making other things. I'm sure I will eventually return to make them again, but for now am enjoying looser forms. I now have an even greater respect for a good pot. Many of the japanese pots you probably have seen eg tokaname, are made with sometimes complex slump molds... So the ultra smooth and crisp lines are easier to achieve. Also if you really take time to,study and handle a pot you'll find that there are imperfections, often many. Often as potters/artists we are to focused on perfection or idea of perfection that we miss out on the beauty of object being worked on. Also more often than not what the potter sees a s flaws will not be noticed with a 75 year old trident maple is in it. Albeit a very important role in bonsai, the pot ultimately is a supporting role, a frame for the tree. Well the point I'm trying to get at is don't beat your self up over the small details. 1000 pots later you will definitely see progress.
Technique wise. To get that pro finished look, the surface is still workable until fired. So, smoothing, patching, slipping, rubbing, are your friends in green stage. Those pesky edges are still workable until fired. Even a little sanding in bisque stage. Straight is difficult with human hands, when at all possible use aids to make and tune straight and square surface. So like wood working you can use jigs and squares and straight edges to improve your surfaces. if you have wood working skills you can make custom tools. Just a personal opinion but in that size pot I'd like to see more drainage holes. Along with lots small pairs of tie down hole. Its hard to tell but I'm looking at proportion of foot to pot. Primarily height of foot. If you can find an old John naka bonsai books there is some great info in there about design ratio and proportion
That's a respectable pot!!. If you ever been to bonsai shows its usually 90% or better round pots. Because its difficult to make square ones. Can't wait to see it fired.
Caution big brother is watching.
The beige is blinding!!!!!!
The middle of the road is boring
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