Transformations with Life #20 (Mother Nature’s Love of Art)

Originally designed as champagne flutes for a Brazilian-Canadian fusion restaurant here in Montreal. The restaurant never got off the ground, but the dozen different prototypes sold like hotcakes. I kept one in storage and only recently discovered it while looking for perfect vessels in my transformation series. The addition of the plant seems to remove … Continue reading Transformations with Life #20 (Mother Nature’s Love of Art)

Transformations with Life #19 (Loving Embrace)

This little bud vase has been left unattended and unloved for far too long. All its brothers and sisters were sold many years ago and I heard her cry for attention. Perfect timing for the transformation series. A small creeping vine circles the vase in its loving embrace. Keeping it safe and warm. Hopefully, in … Continue reading Transformations with Life #19 (Loving Embrace)

Transformations with Life #18 (Don’t Panic, We’re In The Together)

Leave pieces out long enough and Mother Nature starts to add her own touches everything you make. I was inspired by some pieces I made for my dad's garden, that slowly started to crack, get covered with mosses, and become homes for all sorts of plants and wildlife. These never went into the garden, much … Continue reading Transformations with Life #18 (Don’t Panic, We’re In The Together)

Transformations with Life #18 (Don’t Panic, We’re in this Together)

Leave pieces out long enough and Mother Nature starts to add her own touches everything you make. I was inspired by some pieces I made for my dad's garden, that slowly started to crack, get covered with mosses, and become homes for all sorts of plants and wildlife. These never went into the garden, much … Continue reading Transformations with Life #18 (Don’t Panic, We’re in this Together)

Transformations with Life #16 (Raku and Living Eucalyptus)

I made this abstract vessel many years ago and I've never published a picture of, I think. I was in a dark place when I made it and didn't really like it at first. It has moved around with me and gradually has found itself in more visible places. I recently had it in a … Continue reading Transformations with Life #16 (Raku and Living Eucalyptus)

Transformations With Life #14 – Reaching for Nirvana

Another example of the persistence of life. Like many of my plants, I find them on walk, this time deep in a vast filed of wild growth. This amazing plant was growing out of a dry mud patch. The earth was so dry and hard packed, that I broke the small shovel I was using … Continue reading Transformations With Life #14 – Reaching for Nirvana

Transformations With Life #13 – Bonsai Island on a Coral Reef

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. … Continue reading Transformations With Life #13 – Bonsai Island on a Coral Reef

Transformations With Life #5 – Purely Canadian Bonsai

Elevating my electric-fired, Raku-style tea bowls has been and continues to be loads of fun. Part of it is the fun of finding suitable small trees that could possibly become bonsais. In this case, I found a small maple tree, about 30cm high and with massive leaves. I made the choice to think outside the … Continue reading Transformations With Life #5 – Purely Canadian Bonsai

Transformations With Life #4 – Little Trees

I have all these little maple trees growing all over my yard. At first I wasn't sure what to do with them. Now I have a few ideas. Always fascinated with Bonsais, I thought I could possibly do my own with a Canadian twist. Taking some of my electric-fired, Raku-styled tea bowls and using them … Continue reading Transformations With Life #4 – Little Trees