Welcome to All in One Bonsai

Bitten by the Bug


Welcome to All in One Bonsai...a blog that aims to remind me of what I have forgotten. Over the years I have been finding out as much as I can about the art of bonsai. I hope the information in this blog will shed some light to the beginning bonsai enthusiast out there.


I saw some bonsai trees at a corner market one night in Taipei and asked the guy if he was willing to teach me how to create these miniature trees. He directed me to a night school where all the instruction was in Chinese. My Chinese ability is very ordinary at the least so although I was learning bits and pieces, I really wasn't getting all I wanted from the course. The best parts were when the teacher would start pruning a beautiful tree or when he showed us how to repot a bonsai. The mystery was still out there but my interest wasn't waning, if anything it fueled my motivation to find out more. And so I did.


Let the adventure begin...


Recently I have discovered the joy of pottery. Bonsai and pottery are close friends so it was only a matter of time before I was introduced to her. Welcome to All in One Bonsai...and pottery.


Feel free to visit my site where you can purchase some of my handmade pottery. Quite a few pieces have been wood fired as it is the prefered method here in Taiwan:

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Pottery

Blue Haze
 
Two months ago I bought some blue/grey glaze from a Melbourne pottery outlet.  It was my first glaze I bought so I was excited to try it out.  Armed with a paint brush and a quiet pottery studio I began painting the inside of a coiled bowl that took me a day to make. 
 
 
Using the coiling technique was time consuming but I still found it reasonably relaxing. 
 
 
I like the contrast of a smooth texture against a rough texture.  I tried to use this effect on my bowl.  Not sure if it worked.  Although the more I look at the blue/grey glaze the more I convince myself that it looks good.
 
Hope you enjoy.
A free shape.

It is interesting what the end result serves up.

The rim was smooth and easy to touch. It was a mix of the blue/grey glaze and the more earthy glaze.

The parts in the bowl that are not smooth means that I didn't join those coils up as closely as I should have.  There is room for improvement. 

The more earthy outside glaze.

A medium sized tomato helps with scale.

A bonsai pot.  11 cm in height.

A close up.  I plan on putting a pine tree that cascades down in this pot.

The feet took me the longest time to make.

These lines are the result of the glaze of another piece in the same kiln that kind of splashed on my pot. 

Two drainage holes.

Two teacups.

Wood fired.

I was pleased with the ash pattern.


I could make teacups all day long.

This cup had a nice finish that the other one didn't.