Just so you readers dont think I’m a one note collector, I’d like to take a post an showcase a few of my favorite pots in my collection by Western potters.
A Peter Krebs dragon pot, a relatively new and favorite addition to my collection…had for a song! The motif is classical Chinese, with dragons struggling over or rescuing a pearl. The craftsmanship in Krebs’ pots is first rate, and the level of detail to the carving on this piece is simply outstanding. One look at Mr. Krebs work in person is all it takes to conclude that he is the best western potter working today, on a par with some of the best contemporary Japanese and Chinese potters.
A couple of pots by Bonsai artist(and former Bonsai Potter) Michael Hagedorn. Really nice work, with well formed details. The large pot is extremely delicate, yet level with no warpage, a sign of a great potter. The Oxblood red glaze on the smaller piece is very nice as well.
A medium sized round drum pot with rivets from the late Don Gould. I have a few Gould pots, they were chance buys and I have doubts I’ll find them so cheap again. The craftsmanship in Gould’s pots is very nice, clean glazing, and soft lines.
A medium round crackle glaze from the late, great Max Braverman. I have a bunch of Max’s pots, but this one is my favorite. Very avant garde and expressionistic.
A couple of pots from great American yamadori collector, bonsai artist, and “crazy old hermit,” Nick Lenz. The flower shape and flecked glaze of the first piece are great, while the sandstone colored clay of the Bunjin style small pot is very nice.
A wonderful porcelain crackle glazed round. I have a couple of these, I believe they were made by Michelle Dougherty, but it could be Sara Rayner, the signature looks the same! Either way its a fantastic fine crackle!
A big wonky glazed pot with carved feet by Eldon A. Leis. Leis was a bonsai pioneer in Canada, so this wonky little piece carries a bit of Western bonsai history with it.
Mustard yellow round by Jim Jenigan. As I understand it, Mr. Jenigan no longer makes bonsai pots, which is a shame, because this is a very nice piece, the only one of his in my collection.
I have a bunch of Dimigs in my collection, but I really love the thick drippy glaze on this one, created for the 1996 BCI convention, if memory serves.
And we’ll finish up with that ubiquitous of American potters, Sara Rayner. Normally Im not a huge fan of Sara’s work, Its just not my taste, but I really like the rustic simplicity of this little mottled blue round.
I hope you enjoyed looking at a few pots from my collection of Western potters! Next post: Ogurayama!