Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Post 138 A meeting with old friends

There is one part of being a potter that I'm still coming to grips with. When you sell a pot and hand it over to a happy customer it moves out of your world and into someone else's. It's not as if they are with me for long or that they take an inordinate effort to produce, but there is a connection none the less. Inanimate that they are, in crafting a pot from a lump of wet clay you are giving it a life that is very likely to see it pass through many hands and outlive many of those enthusiasts and certainly the potter. If that doesn't offer the story of a life I don't know what does. That said I've not yet gone through the separation anxiety of parting with a treasured tree and don't look forward to that at all.

You don't expect to reconnect with the pots you've created and sometimes when you do it can be quite a suprise and a pleasure. Like an old friendship you get to reconnect and catchup on what has happened in the intervening period.

I was looking at the record of the October 2013 exhibition of the Canberra Bonsai Society on their website and saw a pot that struck a chord, and then another. Good to see a couple of old friends supporting a couple of powerfully attractive trees.

This is a Coastal Tea Tree in Pot No 22, from Post 46.

This a Desert Ash in Pot No 34, from Post 59.

The pots were sold at the Canberra Arboretum in May during the 2013 national conference.


  1. Congratulations Steve, you can take pride in people selecting your pots not just to highlight their bonsai but selecting them to use in a show - well done!!!

  2. Thanks Mark and it is just as gratifying to have good supporters like yourself out there too.


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