Man I love the feel of carving porcelain. I made this bowl last night and carved and trimmed it this morning.
So I’m in the middle of doing the third iteration of my Kusamono / Shitakusa vessels and they are coming along nicely. I love love love this clay. Its very porous and I think that it would be good for the plantings in such a small place to be able to get enough oxygen to the roots. This is the advantage of terracotta, not only is it cheaply produced and low fired but it is porous as well. We’ll have to keep in mind that the plants that are paired with these pots may need to be watered more than something that is in a plastic or fully vitrified pot. I’ll have to prove this out but it seems that if the roots can get more oxygen then they will flourish for longer.
I have been getting heavily into Kusamono since I learned the term from my friend Chuck. This is something that I’ve never seen before. Mushroom cultivation for Kusamono! It seems to be a high investment in effort and time for a small payoff but for originality I give it two thumbs up. If you care to dive into the way other mushrooms are grown the success rate is a bit higher and the technique should translate very well to the more decorative mushrooms such as the beautiful Amanita Muscaria which reminds me of Christmas.
There is an excellent article dealing with creating Mushroom Kusamono that I found – http://ofbonsai.org/species-specific/accent-plantings/simplified-cultivation-of-mushrooms-for-accents-and-kusamono – Just beautiful!
Everyone loves foot rings! This photo from e-yakimono shows just how varied the Kodai or foot ring can be.
Some of the most interesting and dynamic foot rings that I have seen are by Cory Lum. Very friendly guy and one heck of a potter. This hand carved foot is beautiful!
Even more fantastic examples can be found at Flyeschool. There is even a PDF guide to the classic vessel shapes and foot ring types – http://flyeschool.com/content/japanese-tea-bowl-feet