This little plant was hard to catch. It was hiding in a dry patch of a massive field of wild flowers. I’m not certain, but it might be a baby smoke bush. There are some bigger trees with similar leaves nearby, or maybe they are overgrown bushes. Anyway, they are growing wild in this field. Late in the fall they tend to grow very dark purple (almost black) berries that start off green with reddish bruises on them, and slowly blacken and desiccate throughout the winter.

The closeup of the small tree sitting in the moss always reminds me of islands. The small clay pot was custom glazed with a deep turquoise/ sea-green glaze that looks like ocean water in the sun.

The pot itself, is a pinch-pot construction of stoneware clay, taped at the base to make a more sturdy foot, and when still wet, rolled in bits of broken & un-fired porcelain clay. After bisque firing, I used a paintbrush to splotch on some porcelain engobe with iron oxide in it for colour. I’m not sure how this will grow, so I haven’t yet added the usual wire to guide the shape of the branches. I will do that when it shows what it want to do, in a few months or a year.

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Bonsai Island on a Coral Reef 1
Bonsai Island on a Coral Reef 2
Bonsai Island on a Coral Reef 3
Bonsai Island on a Coral Reef 4

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