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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Friday, 16 December 2016

More Pots!

The Hits Just Keep Coming!

Wood firings in Taiwan come thick and heavy as we near the end of the year.  Potters around Taiwan fill their stock shelves, preparing for tourists or locals wanting to buy.  Me, I'm just taking the opportunity to ride the wave.  We have another firing on Christmas Day!

Below are some new pieces that emerged from a kiln north of Taipei.  
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A nice little tea cup.  I applied a white glaze and the wood ash did the rest.

The glaze that I use has a green tinge to it.


A nice pooling at the foot, near my seal.

The white glaze and wood ash combine to create a smoky colour.

A cup or small bowl.  Both will work.

These coffee mugs have an interesting story.  I used porcelain and then dipped them in a red clay slip.  I bought them to be bisque fired to a friend's kiln.  He made an error and fired that at glaze temperature.  Now I wasn't able to apply any glaze to these mugs, so I was a little annoyed as they were Christmas gifts for my parents.  I decided to take a risk and place them in a wood firing kiln just to see what would happen.  They ended up being really nice mugs with unusual colorings.  I got lucky.



I used a sharp knife to cut away some clay on the body of the mug.

This is the second one.




A very small bud vase.

I used just a dribble of glaze.

The other side.

Another small bud vase. 

Some interesting things happening here.


A squared off vase or bottle form.  I plan on buying a nice cork lid for this one.

A spoonful of glaze splashed around.


This was a Japanese white clay body.

A stormy tea cup.  This was the second time this cup was wood-fired.  The first time was about a year ago.  It came out of the kiln very bland and under fired.  I always liked the shape and weight of this cup so I kept it in the workshop on my dusty bench.  I decided to fire it again and see what would happen.  I was happy with this cup's new outfit.



Winter is coming.


A tea bowl with a mountain etching.


The base sunk a little which is a shame because I love the rest of this bowl. 

It still holds its own though.

Porcelain bottle with red clay slip applied mixed with wood ash.






I wiped my fingers over the red clay slip.
Vase or bottle?  Rough mountain etching.

Some bamboo etchings around the side.

Resting.

The vase was also squared off with a slab of wood during the drying process.

More bamboo!

Porcelain with a white glaze in parts. 

Can you see the lonesome goose?

A contrast.

A bit of everything here.

A mix of recycled Japanese white clay and Taiwanese brown clay.  A brush stroke of only Japanese white across the belly.


A few interesting speckles.

The white slip trailing.


My larger pot.  13 cm high and 17cm wide.

A etched quite a few bamboo shoots on this bad boy.

A sneaky look at the foot.

Well, holidays are here as of today.  Another year passes with lots of things happening in between.  Let's hope that there are many more to come.  Hope people are enjoying what they do out there.

Please visit my online shop at AllinoneCeramics for these and other pieces.


Merry Christmas everyone.