One of the things I've found that really helps people visualize what they can do with these little kusamono planters, particularly at shows, is to use a kokedama (or moss ball planting) and set it in the different pots. These are nothing special, really, but they're very effective. The first planting is a small planting, the ball is about the size of a tennis ball and it fits a lot of the small kusamono pots. The other three are larger, about the size of a softball and they work with the larger kusamonos and most of the bonsai pots. The tricky part is having them in good shape for the show! The sea thrift was just starting to pop at the end of the show, and a tiny English Daisy that I dug out of the driveway is a few days from blooming and just not looking as good as it could.
Had a great day at the studio today, so I decided its time to try something new! Nothing too exciting, this has sort of been percolating for a while, but I finally got up the guts to start a blog and gallery site. Obviously its still under construction, when does THAT ever stop? But here it is!
Anyway, got 3 new orchid pots built today, all of them new variations on the pieced work I've been doing. I'm happy with them! Also used a bunch of scraps and made some cute little bowls that might turn into something for the store, and a few little pendant bobs that might lead to some more button type stuff for the store... beads or components, I guess! :) I was also thinking the little bowls would make a great upsell item for the orchid pots... trays to put candles in to make them into luminaries!
OH! I also loaded the kiln with a bisque load, so in a week or so I should be able to finish off the luminary I built a few weeks ago! Might have to sneak back to the art center for another chance to play in the clay tomorrow :)
Clay has always fascinated me, its many colors and textures, the shapes you can create using it, even the feel of it squishing in my hand. Even after years of playing in the mud I find myself exploring new ideas and I hope my work shows this.