I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some clay for ages so very pleased to have visited @loamceramics to meet Jack to discuss potting opportunities. I thought I’d try my hand at tile making so will having a go myself under their expert eye and then seeing how the professionals do it at their tile making course on 15th Feb. It’s a new business and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes out of their studio. #onetowatch#livingthedream#lovepots
Yesterday I visited the Explore Making exhibition in Stockbridge, on today from 10am (swipe left for details). Highly recommend it if you’re local to #Hampshire . We bought a gorgeous cylindrical vase by @emilymyersceramics and I hankered after the beautiful tiles by @piccolpassotiles Stockbridge is a lovely place to wander through as well - the River Test, a chalk stream full of brown trout, meanders through the town. We enjoyed lunch at #threecupsinn
The sunflowers were so nice today that the HAD to be in the pic! So its bringing a bit of Van Gogh into bonsai actually. I haven't seen any 'Van Gogh'-ey pots yet, but certainly would love to! There is a whole lot from the rest of the art world, especislly painting, that could (and should) be inspiration to bonsai (pottery) artists.
And Maria Jose Gonzalez from Spain has done a such a good job being artistic with this shino oval! One of the key features is obviously the relief, which looks like landscape to me today. In all the time it's been on the shelf here never have looked two days the same, nor do I have found out what it really is supposed to be. .
One lf the other things I really like about this pot is its feet. The flower shape is nice, and the dot in the middle really touches it up. Plus they are a little bigger than usual! They would be oversized but they aren't because of the depth of the pot and the heavy visual attraction point on the wall. Actually, that makes the feet being still important in the feel of the pot you get when you glance over it. Feet really are an integral part of pot design and they really make and break designs!
The turtle in the second photo by the way is MJG's artist seal of high end quality, just like Koyo and his ginkgo stamp for example. She puts those underneath every single one of her best pots, just out of sight. I have seen a lot of different artist marks for indicating top quality, but this turtle sculpture is the first! The turtle and of course the front relief show Maria got some insane sculpting skill and I'd love to see a pot with those turtles all over the place! .
As usual, this pot ain't going anywhere, but theres more where it came from! In this case that's Alex of the @europeanbonsaipottercollective again, as Maria is an EBPC member. And no he's not paying me for any of this, the EBPC just consists of top class bonsai potters and I definitely do love me some top class bonsai potters! .
Daisy (right) and Samantha (left) are now residents in our bathroom. Both of them are ceramic face pots with aloe succulents for hair. You'll meet them if you visit our house and need the loo.
They are cheery folk but don't mind them as they watch you poop or shower. Cause they have other things on their minds (each other 💖). ___________________________________________