A few new pot pairings, Part 1

About the big box from Matthew Ouwinga…

It’s been a while since I went shopping for pots with specific trees in mind, but I have been refining a pine with Bjorn that is ready for a decent pot. We had discussed softer rectangles, bigger lip, and I had really thought a windowpane pot would be nice. The current pot is a heavy, blocky Chinese production pot, 16x13x4.5″. It’s deep enough to accommodate the roots…which I have been reducing from a 15-gallon can over the last several repottings.

This Gyouzan is by the kiln founder’s son-in-law, Yuji. It is slightly wider across the top, due to the lip, and gently turns inward at the bottom. The edge along the bottom suggests a windowpane, and the size was right so I pulled the trigger. 17.5×11.3×4.3″:

I’m eager to work the tree into this pot in the spring. Isn’t it funny how the new pot is wider, but looks smaller all around?

Here is a rough virt:

Next up is a tricky one. It took a while to find one I believe will fit this sumo Shohin trident maple. It’s been growing in a nice Ino Shukuho for the last couple years, which is an outstanding pot, but at 11.8″ wide, far too big to work in a Shohin display rack. This Ikkou (Tokoname) is 7 3/8″ wide, and should just work. I’ll be sure to post some shots of the shoehorn-style repotting in the spring.

Next week, we’ll finish unpacking the box…

Rectangle Tofukuji

Here is a recent pickup. A small, baby-blue glazed formal rectangle pot. It’s just about 4.5″ wide and just over 1″ high. It will be difficult to use; very small for a Shohin, on the formal side for an accent plant. But, fits easily on the shelf.

A chojubai quince, with its tiny leaves and bright orange flowers could work…

Or, maybe this Bonsai kit will produce something memorable and worthy of the pot. What do you think?😜

A new old Tofukuji Pot

Here is a recent pickup from Matthew Ouwinga, a hand-formed round, or terebineri by legendary Heian Tofukuji. 3.5″ in diameter, with a glassy blue glaze over his warm graham-cracker color clay.

An area of glazed-over pitting and a bit of grog peeking through adds some interest:

Another area showing characteristic rippling texture of his hand-formed pots.

Here is another Tofukuji pot showing the rippling texture, lifted from Ryan’s website:

And a few more examples of Tofukuji’s terebineri pots from his book:

The chop and foot attachment: