Monday, June 3, 2024

I'm not Hiding, You're Hiding! 6/4/24

 

Forgive me father, for it's been over a month since my last confession (blog post). Since then, I have potted up some of my fresh out of the kiln pieces and have been going out to the Pumpkin Patch. I'll start this post from there and work my way back around some pictures that I've already uploaded. Let's go.
First set of pictures are from this last weekend at the Pumpkin Patch. Almost every weekend has had drizzle or rain on Saturday. This last time I was ready for the shitty weather. I did not put out my tablecloths. I was ready to move out at a moment's notice.
This first picture has all temperate trees. Mostly crabapples, but with a mugo pine, a small trident and a Japanese maple. 


This next picture has some of my scheffleras along with a few small vine maples, a trident maple and derpy fish.


I bought this plant stand and I'm using it to add height and interest to my display. I didn't put out a log of my pottery. On the top are some assorted kusamonos.


The other display table with assorted small bonsai on top. I also displayed my dragon heads at the top. Filling out the rest of the display are some masks, raku ware, beholders, and assorted pieces. 

 
Final table. This one has small pottery. I'm featuring the small octopots with airplants on the main table. On top of the crate is a sea slug. On top of the other display stand are small pots, suitable for name pots. Definitely a market for small pots. 


So that's it for the Pumpkin Patch. I know I posted a few pictures of my stuff from the new studio, but I'm posting more pictures. 
Here's a pictures of a medium pot: broken egg shell with legs. It looks really nice. I haven't potted this up yet. It may end up going to my Etsy shop (eventually).


Here's another pot, same style. Haven't potted it, may go to Etsy. 

 
This next one I KNOW I didn't pot up. Last time I checked, it was sitting outside in my repotting tray. I was looking for a tree to marry it up with. Sometimes these things take time.

 
Group shot of some small juniper bonsai I have ready to go. Honestly, I'm not a big fan. But they have that typical Nike 'WOOSH' style that people seem to like. So okay.
 

This is more my thing. Small vine maple, wired up and potted into a broken egg with long legs pots. Really nice in person, take my word for it!

 
Finally I have a trident maple in broken egg with feet pot. I planted a broken concretion as a companion rock. I'm not really anxious to sell this baby. I will happily sit on this tree, as it's only going to get better with age. 


So that's it. I'm in talks with yet ANOTHER studio to see if they're willing to fire my brown clay body pieces. We'll see how that goes. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

End of Month Update 4/30/24

 Last update I talked about the new studio I was going to. Here are my thoughts: 

Wow! I forgot how fun it is to go to an active studio. This one's footprint is small, but they're always busy. Lots of students. Lots of studio members. They're constantly firing either bisque or glaze. If you miss a firing another will come up shortly. I mentioned they have a buff clay that I'm not a huge fan of. I also mentioned  I'm used to their glazes. 

All this means I had to put stuff out. Test the feel of the clay. See how the glaze would react with the glaze. See how the kiln itself would treat my work. The clay is a bit more plastic than I'm used to; likely because my clay has been sitting around for so long. I noticed that some of my thin pieces warped. I'll have to remember not to make them so thin. They have test tiles showing the expected outcome of combining glazes. The end results are sometimes unexpected. Overall, I'm happy with this new studio. It costs more than I'm used to. Time will tell if it's worth the extra cost. 

May 1 is opening day for the clay studio at Wilderbee. I'll drop off several strawberry boxes full of greenware this coming weekend. All of my winter's work. May 4 is the opening day for the Pumpkin Patch. My weekend is going to be busy. I have a bunch of new stuff, fresh out of the kiln. I have new bonsai. I've powered up my display tables. I've powered up my storage/transport capacity. My square card reader is online and operational. My business is online and operational.

*Checks weather report for the weekend* 

Huh. Looks like it's going to be shitty weather this weekend. Possibly rain all day Saturday. Well, if the weather's really bad, I'll just spend Saturday with the family. We'll see how it goes.     

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Midweek Update 4/9/24

 

I've been going to this new studio, keeping myself busy. As a change, I've been working on frogs. Caricatures of frogs. Frog bonsai pots. There's no point in simply describing the process, so let's start with the pictures. 
This first picture is the concept of a caricature frog. Just this round thing with protruding eye balls. More of a pac-man frog:


Same Concept with this next picture, only with a tongue that sticks out and slightly more defined feet. I'm not really grooving on the feet:


Next picture is a frog shape, but more in usable small pot size. The details are lacking. I guess you'll have to wait to see the finished product:



Ah ha! A frog bonsai pot:


Moving on to more finished products, here's a broken egg bonsai pot with claws and tentacles in Plum. Honestly, this is not my favorite glaze, but it definitely has it's place: 


Sea Urchin Pot in Plum Glaze:


Crescent pot in Plum Glaze. I think it would have looked a lot better in Oregon brown clay body:


Found Semi-Cascade Crab Apple in Broken Egg Bonsai Pot Featuring Claws and Tentacles in Plum:


One has to understand that this crab apple may one day bloom. It will be a while before it does, but when it does, the plum glaze will look fantastic with the pink/white flower blossoms and the green/red of the developing fruit. The pot has a lively, youthful energy to it. 

One may say, wait, what flowers? What fruit? This is just a poor little sapling with wires. 
Where's the flowers?
Where's the fruit?
If you cannot see the fruit, you cannot see the flowers. Therefore you cannot see the little sapling. You can't even see the pot. And that's a shame as it really compliments the strange little crab apple. 
In it's own way. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

3/27/24 Midweek update

 I found another local pottery studio that I've signed on with. It's a bit expensive, but closer to home. Plus they have better firing schedules. They use buff white clay, which I'm not exactly a fan of. But hey, it's their studio, their rules. I'm grateful for the opportunity. It's called Fairview Lake Studio. They want all my pottery to be marked. Alright. I think I have my signature stamp somewhere. I'll use that until I create a new chop mark. 

My flea market supplies came in. Got my green apron and my spandex table covers. I think I've mentioned that I've received my airplants already.

I potted up at least one of my Fuji cherries. And at least one of my crabapples. I'll be potting up some more stuff shortly. But while looking for stuff to pot up, I 'found' a couple of crabapples! I wired them up and now we wait. 

Nothing else to note at the moment.

Monday, March 18, 2024

3/18/24 Weekend Update

It's Monday. The weekend was sunny and warm. Glorious! We're feeling a bit under the weather, so I was not able to do most of what I wanted to do. I did mow the lawn - first mow of the season! Somehow got into a mowing contest with my neighbor. I was able to work on the vine maples and some stuff for the flea market. So let's talk about that. 

Vine Maples. They finally arrived last week. I worked on half over during the week and the other half on Sunday. The roots were long, so I trimmed back the roots. I also applied some wire to give them some interesting curves. They're kind of small, so perfect time to start the wiring, I think. Even at their size, the wood is already pretty stiff. I don't think these were seedlings, per se. To me they looked more like root cuttings. I gathered all the roots I trimmed and planted them together in some dirt. Just one big mess. Probably a mistake, but I just didn't have it in me to individually pot up each root. I took the same approach to the Kojo no Mai Fuji Cherry Roots I had - I just potted them all up together. No reason why this shouldn't work. 

Stuff for the flea market - I got the 30 airplants I ordered. Dunked them in water and put them in the craft room. I ordered a green apron to wear at the flea market. And I got those spandex table covers. I'm going all in! I should also consider potting up some of my Kojo No Mai as well as the money trees I've been growing out. Come to think of it, there's a whole bunch of stuff I could be doing to get ready for the flea market.

 

Monday, March 11, 2024

3/11/24 Weekend Update

Just a quick write up to say nothing's new. I'm waiting on the vine maples I ordered last month. Winter is almost over and my trees are starting wake up. I'm still doing pottery, but not as much as I should. 

Pumpkin patch should open up next month. I should start getting ready for that. 

All for now. 

Saturday, February 10, 2024

2/10/24 Weekend Update

I mentioned before that it's been a warm winter. I think we're going to have an early spring. My Kojo-No-Mai Mt Fuji Cherries have been on my mind. Specifically, I wanted to re-pot them before they wake up for spring. I noticed the buds are starting to swell, so they're already starting to wake up. Perfect!

I have two cherries in 5-gallon pots; I decided to tackle the nicer one today because 

  1. It looks nicer and 

  2. There were lots of root suckers. 

I started early this morning, about 8am. The soil did not get a chance to warm up. Digging in the soil with my fingers was no fun! Regardless, I root-pruned and re-potted the tree. Here's what it looked like:

There's still a lot of work to do. It needs to be hard-pruned.  Wiring still needs to be done. All in time. The roots have been pruned back, the suckers have been removed and it's on its way to becoming a really nice tree.
I don't have practical experience with Mt Fuji Cherry trees. I don't know if hardwood cuttings will take and I don't know if root cuttings will take. I don't really know how suckers will do. Seems to me that suckers are just doing their best to be their own trees already, so I would think they would be a great propagation candidate. I've got nothing to lose by trying, so with that mind I started.
Like I've done with the Chinese elms in the past, I took some of the roots I trimmed off and planted them up with the top part exposed. The idea being that with luck, the exposed part will sprout. Here's a picture of some of the root cuttings: 
Not too impressive, I know. But I want to document the progress. I did four root cuttings today. I have more root cuttings I can do, but the soil was too cold. I buried the other root cuttings for later. 
Let's move on to the suckers! I'm including a picture of four or five suckers I dug up:
 
 

These had the best root development. They have a strong chance of survival. I decided to place these on the top shelf.  I have another 5 suckers that didn't have as much root development. They should be fine regardless, but they're still a lower-quality propagation source.

OH! While I noticed some of the trident maple seeds are starting to sprout! Go figure.

That's all I have for now. 

I'm not Hiding, You're Hiding! 6/4/24

  Forgive me father, for it's been over a month since my last confession (blog post). Since then, I have potted up some of my fresh out ...