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New(er) Japanese Bonsai Potter
« on: December 17, 2011, 04:24 PM »
When Owen came last weekend he brought with him a case full of shohin and mame pots from a Japanese potter with whom I was not familiar. 

I've forgotten the gentleman's name, so hopefully Owen will chime in here and give us the details.
 

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Re: New(er) Japanese Bonsai Potter
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2011, 04:26 PM »
This first pot really caught my eye.  The color of the glaze is really great.  The shape is very pleasing. 

Owen reports that the potter carves each pot individually by hand from a single block of clay.  The shaping is done by eye.  Because of this no two pots will be exactly the same.
 

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Re: New(er) Japanese Bonsai Potter
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2011, 04:27 PM »
The feet on this one I thought were really neat.  The "W", I'm told, signifies it was wood fired.
 

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Re: New(er) Japanese Bonsai Potter
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2011, 04:28 PM »
This is the potter's only unglazed pot.  From the looks of this one it was done on a wheel, not carved like the others.
 

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Re: New(er) Japanese Bonsai Potter
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2011, 05:08 PM »
Really like that last one.
 

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Re: New(er) Japanese Bonsai Potter
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2011, 06:06 PM »
Really like that last one.

Me too, a beautifully made pot. I'd be interested to hear the potters name.
 

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Re: New(er) Japanese Bonsai Potter
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2011, 11:28 PM »
The potter's name is Yokoyama-san but the pots are called "Misho" pots.  Yokoyama-san signs the bottom of each pot with a seedling image as he feels it's crucial to always keep a "beginner's mind" for his art.  He is from Kyoto and has been making pots for 6 years now.  He uses wood, gas, and electric firing depending on the desired glaze effect.  Also, different clays are blended together to make the final color of the glaze deeper, softer, etc. 

He is a great guy and doesn't make a ton of pots a year.  I have about 30 of the 75 pots I started with left : ).  Anyone interested  can email me although I'm still on the road teaching.  I can send photos direct as they are selling fast.

 

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Re: New(er) Japanese Bonsai Potter
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2011, 11:33 PM »
Oh, and he has been in the Encyclopedia of Bonsai Potters of Japan and had displays at the Sakufu and Gafu-ten for the last few years.
 

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Re: New(er) Japanese Bonsai Potter
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2011, 07:51 PM »
Look like very nice pots thanks for sharing!