Stone monkey build a bonsai pot day.

7 Feb

Today we had Andrew Pearson’s bonsai pot making workshop at the singing soul gallery. The aim of the day was to build one main slab built pot and a couple of pinch pots.
For those who don’t know Andrew Pearson bonsai pot maker who trades as stone monkey ceramics entered this years Gafuten pot class for unglazed and glazed pots where he won the gold award in the unglazed class. So we new we were in very good hands. See his site

Thank you to Marie for a wonderful lunch spread and keeping our tea and coffee levels up.

We started with a couple of pinch pots with very cold clay.



We started with a slab of clay to the right thickness already prepared by Andrew.


Once smooth we decided what we were making and cut out the 4 walls.



Time to start building, we fixed two wall together so we had two sections fixed.



We then got the 4 walls all fixed together.


This made it a bit more handleable, so we got the base put on oversized to begin with.


Having got this well fixed to the base and some coils in to strengthen the seams we put in the drainage holes. I had a Ginko leaf cutter which I have used before for this job.




Trim of the excess, know now looking a bit more pot like.


At this point I felt the pot was a little to harsh on the corners for me and what I have in mind for it. So I set about changing the corners.


With the image softened our attention turned to feet this can be a real make or break feature. I decided to make this a bit more tricky with a stepped foot. I set them back a bit to stop it looking anymore chunky. The height was also reduced which leaves a nice straight finish.



After a whole load of smoothing, final job was to pop in the wire holes.


Flip it back over check it over and there you have it best part of 4 1/2 hr work. Now it will be wrapped in plastic and left to dry for about 6 weeks before having its biscuit firing.




Then we have to choose the glaze, I am sure you all have your own ideas so go on let me know what you would go for. This is the tree that will go in the pot. (It’s a test to see if you got this far)


Will do an update when and hopefully the kiln gods are kind to me.

Below is Andrew at work on the cascade pot he made to show us each stage as we went along.


















See andrews work at

Good grief you still with me.


Update 1/3/15

The pot has dried and here it is after the bisque firing. Another firing to go with the glaze and to make it frost proof.

9 Responses to “Stone monkey build a bonsai pot day.”

  1. stonemonkey1968 February 8, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    Hope you enjoyed it mate

    • andysshohin February 8, 2015 at 9:06 am #

      It was a great day, love to do it again sometime. Thanks for all your patience and good teaching.

      • stonemonkey1968 February 8, 2015 at 9:07 am #

        A pleasure mate. I am tidying up pots this morning 😉

  2. andysshohin February 8, 2015 at 9:14 am #

    One picture I dident get was my pot straight on, if you got time can you do me one please.

  3. stonemonkey1968 February 8, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    Will do I will send it via FB messenger mate

    • andysshohin February 10, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi mate mad couple of days. Thanks for the pictures see you Friday

      • stonemonkey1968 February 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm #

        No worry mate. I will have to do the mould after Noelanders if that’s ok

      • andysshohin February 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

        No hurry at all just when you like I know it’s a bust time for you

      • stonemonkey1968 February 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

        Thanks matey. See you Friday

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