Auction Raku pot for Macmillan Cancer Support
This weekend another successful bonsai weekend workshop was hosted by a friend & club member, Les & family - where over £1000 has been raised so far for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The EBPC is proud to donate the proceeds of this auction to the current total raised, so if you would like to bid, the auction can be found here.
The auction ends Thursday 6th September, 2018.
The pot is a Raku fired piece, made by one of Europe's leading bonsai potters, Andrew Pearson of Stone Monkey Ceramics. It has a wonderful crackle glaze in teal, and bears the EBPC stamp in addition to the Stone Monkey Ceramics stamp, and makes a wonderful addition to any pot collection. Please note Raku fired pots are not frost proof, yet with a little care are very useable bonsai pots. A care sheet will also be provided to the winner.
The bonsai workshop was busy again, and some great trees were worked on over the two days. A variety of games and raffles were also arranged, with many local businesses around Ashford kindly donating raffle prizes. In addition to raising money for a great cause, a fun weekend was had by all.
Stone Monkey Ceramics - Raku Edition
The EBPC is very excited to offer for sale the 'Raku Series' from Stone Monkey Ceramics.
Dual stamped with the EBPC stamp together with the Stone Monkey Ceramics mark, these superb pots come in a wonderful variety of forms and colours!
Raku is a Japanese technique of firing ceramics such as 'chawan' tea bowls. Rather than placing the ceramics in a cool kiln, raku ware goes straight into a hot kiln for a time, and then are cooled rapidly. Raku pots are cooked to around 1000 degrees centigrade, which is lower than stoneware, and as such they do not reach the heat required to 'vitrify' or make them 'frost proof'. They are however superb, useable bonsai or accent pots and the flames and extreme changes in temperature offer some quite stunning results. These were fired in a kiln belonging to a friend of Andrew, as his new studio and kilns are being built.
Please see the online store for the selection.
Once every year Tom Benda, Andrew Pearson and Thor Holvila meet up to make an edition of just 6 pots together which will be named and stamped after the country they choose to work in. In 2017 it was hosted by Thor in Sweden and the collection was named after the nordic rune Skräckhjälmen that symbolises the highest protection of all runes.
They are all made individually but glazed by the host. This edition of totally unique and collectible pots are all stamped with each potters chop, the Triskele stamp and the rune Skräckhjälmen.
All pots will be released and available for sale at the EBPC. Please message up here for further information and to register your interest.
A little about the pots and the potter's inspirations for them...
Thor Holvila - 'Temple'.
... After a few days we journeyed up into the mountains and the log cabin. The inspiration for this pot with its primitive carvings is inspired by the old buildings standing on the slopes of the Älvdalen valley.
Tom Benda - 'Gul'
The atmosphere in Thor's studio in Goteborg was full of inspiration from the very beginning. My muse made me remember that I've made a few simple pots from one single piece of clay, but still having everything that a bonsai pot needs - walls, bottom with drainage/and wire holes and feet. This time I just had to aim a bit higher again 😉
"One piece of clay" was a redline bounding most of the pots I made during the wonderful Triskele meeting vol.1 - Sweden 😀
Andrew Pearson - 'Waterfall'.
... This trip with my two good friends was such a brilliant time and I was out of my comfort zone on more than one occasion. Being away from all my usual tools like pottery wheel and slab roller meant that I had to make pots not in my usual way. This pot was one of those ways as this pot was carved from one single block of clay, something that I have never done before but very much enjoyed the process. Working with Thor and Tom opened up to learning new techniques which perhaps I would never have normally chosen resulting in a unique set of pots from three clay mad brothers
Thor Holvila - 'Källa'.
When we sat down and asked ourselves where to start we came up with the idea to have a waterfall as a theme. This was one of the pots that sprung out of this idea.
Tom Benda - 'Purple Bridge'
This time I began with the idea of a bridge pot, or let's say "hill forest" pot, although it's a shohin or kifu size for that forest.
While working on the body, being focused and relaxed in the same time, a possibility of making the whole thing just from the single starting piece of clay slab whispered in to my ears 😀
I love the glaze Thor applied on this prototype pot. I'm looking forward to seeing this elegant but cheeky 😁pot in use, in near future, I hope...
Andrew Pearson - 'Skräckhjälmen'
This was the first pot I made on my pilgrimage to Sweden. On the first Saturday Thor, Tom, Carina and I all sat round the table in a Saturday afternoon to make pots. I was at a total loss of what to make and with only a handful of tools I brought with me I set to work. Those of you that know my work know that I make a lot of slab built and thrown pots. So for the first one I decided to slab build and stick to what I knew. Whilst we were round the table we discussed that we should stamp each pot we make with a common mark that united the Swedish Edition and eventually with Thor’s expert guidance and knowledge of his Nordic history and his deep love of his ancient ancestry the Skräckjälmen rune was chosen. There was a theme of water waterfall that appears on some of the pots made. This derived from a simple map that Thor had drawn to show Tom and I the local area when he collected us from the airport. Thus at the table on that Saturday afternoon it was decided that we should incorporate the waterfall theme somehow in a pot we made. On this particular pot, not that you can see in the posted picture, on the rear side is my interpretation of a waterfall cascading out of the pot. The wonderful memories of this amazing trip will be around for as long as I am alive and will continue in these pots long after I am gone from this earth.
These unique pieces are for sale, please contact EBPC
The launch of the sale will be at Bonsai Europa on 7th October, however they will also be available online on that day also. If you are interested in purchasing one of these unique pieces of history, please email Alex at the EBPC to be added to the list. We will contact you again before the pots are sold.
To read about the first set produced last year, please click here.
Articles are written by Alex Rudd unless otherwise stated.