The 3rd National Juried Bonsai Pot Exhibition presenting in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the US National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. has accepted 7 of my bonsai pots to be in the exhibition and sale. The exhibition will be in conjunction the American Bonsai Society Annual Learning Seminars, the theme is "Capitol Collections: Collecting in the 21st Century". I am honored to have my pots in this premier national show.
Years ago I lived in Miami where I grew all kinds of wonderful plants. I grew lychees, longans, carambolas and many mango trees, lots of pineapples and of course strange succulent plants like pachypodiums and adeniums.
I also was a member of the Miami Bonsai Society. I am now a member of the Atlanta Bonsai Society and my hometown Tennessee Valley Bonsai Society. I have been making plant containers for years and now I am concentrating on bonsai and kusamono containers. I have been firing my wood kiln and also my cone 10 reduction kiln to achieve the desired results in bonsai pottery.
I am mixing my own clay using Lizella, fireclay and ball clay to make a dark clay perfect for bonsai containers, in some batches I add interesting materials like chicken grit and metal filings that melt at 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit marking the pots with inclusions.
I also am growing different types of bonsai trees using conifers like Virginia pines and Parsley hawthorns that I have collected on my property. The privets I have collected on my property are developing into good bonsai trees. I have a greenhouse full of cactus and succulents that I have propagated.
I make a wide range of work in stoneware for use in the home. I am always exploring the application of simple ash glazes to enhance the ever evolving forms of my pottery. My work is available at my studio on Lookout Mountain in Georgia.