Maybe not a perfect quote, but that was the gist of a comment during a recent ceramics workshop with some bonsai society members, “Now I know why pots are so expensive!”
Some of the content below is modified from a write up on that meeting that will be shared with the membership. I am going to take a risk and hope that if a couple of you readers are members, you won’t be offended that I share it here first.
The sunny, mild afternoon of December 3rd and Gary’s back yard provided the perfect setting for the second-ever NVBS Ceramics meeting. A small group met in Gary’s heated shed to continue developing basic ceramic hand-building skills. The focus of this meeting was a slab construction process which involves rolling out slabs of clay, designing and creating a paper template, then using the template to cut and assemble the slabs to create rectangular and oval pots.
The pots will be allowed to dry slowly and then loaded into the kiln and fired along with the pinch pots made during the first meeting. The next time we meet, we will be able to glaze and finish the pots that have been constructed.
Thanks to all who have expressed interest in getting involved. The instructors and host are working to develop a practical approach to extend this opportunity to additional members who want to learn this rewarding craft.
To close if like to share another quote from Gary who was talking about this work, “What is Bonsai after all? A tree in a POT!” We spend significant energy focusing on the tree. Why not also learn to build the pot?