Friday, August 28, 2009
A little reflection play, an easy setup as long as you have a piece of glass and black fabric
and a macro shot showing flower detail
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Made this pot last night, it has a 13" outside diameter and after firing will have a an inside diameter of about 11" and 3" deep, once it dries some I'll get started on the base and feet. Looking pretty good so far.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Purchased this plant online at the beginning of 2007, when it arrive it had thick large roots so it had to go into a 12" container to get re-established.
April of "09 I wanted to attempt bonsai treatment so I chopped the taproot off and majority of thick roots to get it to fit in a shallow 8" pot.
The pot was definitely too wide for the plant so in June I moved it to a 4" diameter pot, but before doing so I had to removed roots again to get it to fit in.
One tough plant to be able to go through two major root prunings and still survive.
Foliage fully open
Close up of the base
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Fouquieria fasciculata-1st place-outstanding specimen
Petopentia natalensis-1st place-outstanding specimen
Cissus tuberosa-1st place
Fockea edulis-2nd place
Pachypodium baronii v. baronii-1st place
Cyphostemma segmentatum-2nd place
Ipomoea arboresense-1st place
Pachypodium lamerei-2nd place
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The sales area is always a treat, one thing about SoCal vendors they provide material that you can not get anywhere else and I brought home quite a bit of them. At last count I had 40 plants and have of those were from Tim Harvey’s table, he had Cyphostemma humile, humile dolichipus, a beautiful sp. Cf. simulans and bainesii x juttae. I was able to get them all, although I did give Gregg one of the bainesii after he could not find any that I may have missed (those puppy dog eyes got me ;o). Some of the other plants I got were Dorstenia gypsophylla and gigas, Stathmostelma praetermissum, Moringa boriziana, Pelargonium bowkerii, Othonna furcata, Pachypodium ambongense, Dendrosicyos and a large Boophane. If that was not enough I also went to a couple of private collectors and brought home more, those plants are Adenia ballyi and pechuelli, C, uter, D, gigas, Aloe pillansii, Peniocereus greggi, Digi caput-medusa and a Euphorbia that I can’t remember.
The following are specimens I picked up from private collectors and banquet auction
I've been searching a decent sized reasonably priced Aloe pillansii for years...and now I have one! It measures 30" from soil level to the tallest leaf, trunk diameter is 3.5"
I could not pass on this Dorstenia gigas, 40" tall with a 7" base
Normally I would not even think of getting a cacti, but this Penoicereus greggi is perfect and big! It has an 8.5" diameter!
Another plant I could not leave. Sure it's been grown with too much TLC but I'll fix that ;o) This Cyphostemma uter is difficult to find in any condition, it is 40" tall. I'll be taking cuttings over the weekend.
Here's one you rarely if ever see available, Adenia pechuellii is a jewel! It had a 4" diameter and needs a good trim.
I won this at theauction put on the Inter-City clubs after the banquet, it's newly introduced Jatropha species. Has an 18" spread and ready to bonsai!
This one is labeled Euphorbia hopetownensis, can't find out much other that it's found north of hopetown, it has some potential. It stands 12" above the pot.
I've only seen this at one place for sale and it was too small and too expensive. This is a fat rooted cutting of Adenia ballyi I purchased from a friend collection.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Will be posting photos by mobile phone if I can figure it out, if not I'll post them on Monday when I return.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
This was a technique I read about called "dry throwing", using no water at all. Interesting look but don't think I'll do it very often.
This one was going good till it started to twist off just above the base, was able to salvage it and will be go for a trailing plant to drape over the side.
Cracked this one with sodium silicate
Builders sand was used to add texture here
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
2.5" tall flattened coil
1.5" tall cracked slab pot
4" tall cracked pinch pot
6" round crackpot, this technique was inspired by a Mark Smalley vase which he kindly shared with me. The base sagged a bit under the weight of the walls during firing, should have made the base thicker than a 1/4". Next time...
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
This one did nothing, maybe I need to go hotter at a faster speed? I do like the base ash glaze though.
This was right next to the above and there is some eruptions happening here.
This ash and silicon carb was applied too thin for any kind of bubbling, but I do like the way it came out.
Monday, August 10, 2009
3" spiked bowl
8" oval, did not get a good bonding, shows some separation
6.5" tall cascade, my favorite of the bunch