Tuesday, December 13, 2022

The Allure of Wood-Fired Pottery with Brandon Stolicny - Bonsai Time Podcast Ep 11

            In the eleventh episode of the Bonsai Time Podcast, Connecticut ceramicist and bonsai artist Brandon Stolicny walked Kevin and me through what makes wood-fired pottery so special! Brandon also talked us through the unique challenges that come with wood-fired pots and how his personality influences his style preferences in ceramics and in his bonsai. We also touched on Brandon's experience as a native yamadori collector working with pitch pines in his area of the northeastern US. Enjoy!

Listen to the episode on Youtube.

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Examples of Brandon's Wood-Fired Pottery, Kiln, and Pitch Pine Yamadori

            Many more examples of Brandon's ceramics and bonsai work can be found on his instagram page or his website. As mentioned in the interview, rectangles are the most difficult shape in wood-fired pottery due to their angles which challenge the flow of the fire. Rounds and irregular rounds like nanbaan pots are better suited to wood-fired kilns as the fire flows freely around them. Also, all these pots are unglazed! The ash colors them beautifully. These pictures are also included throughout the Youtube version of the interview.

One of Brandon's more recent examples of a nanbaan or irregular round-shaped pots.

A pitch pine yamadori collected by Brandon from private land in CT, USA. In the Northeast US, most wild-bonsai collection is done with landowner permission on private land.

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