Bonsai pots, DIY

This week I got the pots finally baked in Keramiikkakeskus and the result is OK. Most of the pots are bigger than what I did last year and they are around 20-30 cm (longer side). Those in smaller photos are 15-20 cm. Some of them succeeded very well (like the first one), some of them not so well (like the last 2).
I did the pots out of 2 different clays and baked it on 2 different temperatures so I got 4 different colours. All were baked on 1180 and 1240 degrees C which makes them stoneware and resistant to freezing and usage outside during the winter.

Why do I do it? Is it easier to buy ready pots?

Well, perhaps it is.
The price I get these for comes around 7€ per piece which is very cheap compared to commercially available bonsai pots being stoneware. On the other hand, they do not get as good as the bought ones. Most of them are not perfectly straight, partly due to my amateurism, partly due to baking procedure.
On the other hand, during the winter, when there is not so much to do around trees (at least those remaining outside) making pots for the next year is actually fun 🙂 I learn new things on the way and if I get several very good I am happy.

Another thing is that when bonsai’s are in question you soon realize you need pots in different colours, sizes and shapes in order to find the “right” one. Having amateur making “the right” pot is not really making perfect results but at least I have an option when potting a tree. If I get a tree which deserves a good pot then I might even buy it. Until then, its all in my fingers 🙂

One thing which I tend to do is plan to make way too many of them. After making 5 the brain gets bored with shapes and struggles and I start making different shapes which don’t end very well for this use. But, what the heck, its all part of learning. Next winter, perhaps, I manage to control myself and buy only one package of clay and make 4-5 of them with better focus and no saturation and perhaps, only perhaps, I get a better result 😀

Below are all of this winter “urakka” (arduous work in Finish) and they look better in nature than in the photo, same like with the trees.

Pot 1

This pot to me went out to be the best out of all in the list. The sides are actually perpendicular, my photo shows they are under angle but are not.

Pot 2

Pot 3

Pot 4

Pot 5

Pot 6

Pot 7

Pot 8

Pot 9

Pot 10

Pot 11

Pot 12

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  1. Jani

    Nice pots! And so many of them already.

    • tato

      Thanks! 🙂 Biggest ones already in use. Many small ones on “waiting” 😀

  2. Anonymous

    I find that especially the large frost resistant pots are absurdly priced. You know, the ones that are wider than 50cm. The price starts from around 100eur so could just do them by yourself. I am looking at a large stump that would need at least 50cm x 70cm pot. And that is when the roots have been diminished over the years.

    I need to start drawing plans how I am going to do the pot. I advise you to do the same as at some point a very large bonsai material will come your way!

    • tato

      True! I already have one Syringa/Syreeni waiting to be potted into quite a large pot if it survives my mistreatment 🙂

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