Simon Haddon tell us about his influences and encourages everyone to make pots, you can visit his website here
Everyone knows of my love a craft potters in the UK from the potters showcases that I have done over the last 12 months. My first Potter showcase was Stone Monkey, I have watch Andy Pearson hone his skill over the years to become a truly creative artisan with clay. Andy has created many ‘collector’s edition’ pots but his latest shown here takes them to a whole new level.
The pot has an unglazed cracked, fissured and distressed look and is adorned by a Chinese Dragon called Tianlong who was a Celestial Dragon prominent in Chinese Mythology. The pot comes in a handmade box of English Oak with a solid silver Stone Monkey Ceramics Stamp sunk into the top of the box. The piece is fully fired to 1260 degrees centigrade making it functional and frost proof. This pot will be a welcomed addition to any ceramic collector and bonsai aficionado alike.
A signed certificate of authentication also accompanies the piece. If you want to take a closer look at this take a look HERE
I met Bryan at the first Ginkgo Award in Belgium way back in 1997 and I have many of my exhibition trees in his pots. Bryan has the uncanny ability to create ultra simple understated pots that bring out the best in ones trees.
A bonsai artist in his own right Bryan and is the winner of the Noelanders Trophy VI, his understanding of matching the correct pot to the tree is an asset to any artist.
In this video Bryan talks about how he creates is iconic Nanban pots, and the influences old Japanese pottery has on his work.
The majority of Bryan’s work is by commission he does hold stock and it is available from his extensive website.
Walsall Studio Ceramics was formed by David Jones in 1986 with the aide of the Princes Youth Business Trust, after a short period he was joined by Ian Smith and this partnership lasted for 12 years in which time they built a good reputation for their work throughout the bonsai world not just in Britain but Europe and the rest of the World.
David’s dad was a potter and David grew up around clay. Never happy with his work, Walsall are always striving for perfection, in this video we get a real insight into what excites David. I have quite a few pots from Walsall Ceramics, visit their website.