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New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby Pierre » March 21st, 2018, 9:11 pm

Hello everyone,

Last week I went to Marie's place to pick up two pots I had commissioned....And came back home with 6...!! And believe i, i REALLY held back !! She is such an amazing artist, and so happy to share her knowledge. I have a Ficus to go in the large oval one, hopefully to be shown at our Bonsai club show next month. The two little glazed round ones will be perfect for a couple of slanting Grewia Occidendalis that Mel generously gifted me last year..
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Re: New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby Sandy001 » March 21st, 2018, 9:19 pm

Awesome Pots well done.
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Re: New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby boom64 » March 21st, 2018, 9:56 pm

Hi Pierre ,
Nice work ,very hard to resist good quality pots...The large oval is a winner.
Cheers John.
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Re: New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby melbrackstone » March 22nd, 2018, 8:02 am

Marie's pots are fantastic, congrats Pierre! I hope to see the ficus all potted up for the exhibition too!
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Re: New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby Pierre » March 22nd, 2018, 9:02 am

Planning on it Mel... and hoping to get the Lavender star ready-ish for next year too :)
See you in a few weeks :fc:
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Re: New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby MJL » March 22nd, 2018, 7:53 pm

boom64 wrote:Hi Pierre ,
Nice work ,very hard to resist good quality pots...The large oval is a winner.
Cheers John.


Yep, Lovely stuff. I am new around here. Thanks for posting Pierre, does Marie Hewarston have a website?
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Re: New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby treeman » March 23rd, 2018, 12:51 pm

The problem with aussie pots imo, are that most of them are still too light in colour. I haven't seen a whole lot mind.
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Re: New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby treeman » March 23rd, 2018, 1:04 pm

I have the perfect match for the last one!

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Re: New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby Pierre » March 23rd, 2018, 1:33 pm

Hi Mike,

Thanks for your valuable imput. I am interested in understanding the point you made regarding the lightness of the color (apologies, Australian isn't my first language, if you hadn't noticed already !). Not enough contrast with the foliage and/or trunk?
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Re: New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby Marie Hewartson » March 23rd, 2018, 2:14 pm

Hi Pierre,
Just noticed you posted the pots you bought from me last week. Thank you for showing my work on this forum, and thank you all, for the comments on my work.
I am also a little confused with the comments (too light) from Treeman, if he looks at past posts under my name, he will see most of my work is quite dark, either dark clay or oxide finishes to highligh the wonderful native species we have in Aus.
If Treeman is looking for the dark brown unglazed clay in Japanese pots, he will have to buy the imported ones, as this clay is unavailable in Australia, therefore you wont see any Australian Potters creating the same look.
Pierere, Looking forward to photos of the finished combinations.
Cheers
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Re: New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby Keep Calm and Ramify » March 23rd, 2018, 3:06 pm

I'm quite fond of a good ol' crackle glaze myself - like the green one pictured that Pierre now owns. But the shade of green, the finish, the shape & clay colour do not radiate "Aussie" to me. This is OK :yes: as I think if seeing this pot without knowing any prior history, or the potter, that it may be disguised as oriental origin?
I would be happy showing a Japanese tree (Japanese Maple perhaps) in this pot whilst still knowing I have supported an Australian artist, by buying a Australian made product.

Funnily enough, I'm not comfortable with Australian trees planted in Japanese import pots. :no:

If I were an Australian potter looking to sell pots - I would think it seems wise to create & experiment with MANY glazes & finishes for MANY species of trees & for MANY personal tastes. (not necessarily limited to making "Aussie" pots for "Aussie" trees exclusively?)
But sadly.....I'm not a potter....I'm just a poor boy from a poor family.
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Re: New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby Rory » March 24th, 2018, 7:29 am

treeman wrote:The problem with aussie pots imo, are that most of them are still too light in colour. I haven't seen a whole lot mind.


You just need to know where to look mike.

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Re: New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby MJL » March 24th, 2018, 7:44 am

Rory wrote:
treeman wrote:The problem with aussie pots imo, are that most of them are still too light in colour. I haven't seen a whole lot mind.


You just need to know where to look mike.

viewtopic.php?f=45&t=21515&hilit=Marie+Hewartson&start=15


Thanks Rory - this historical thread has some beautiful pots too. Well done Marie. Top stuff. I might make contact when I can rustle up some cash... I’ll start digging in the back of the couches for come loose change now .... [SMIRKING FACE]



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Re: New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby treeman » March 24th, 2018, 10:16 am

Marie Hewartson wrote:Hi Pierre,
Just noticed you posted the pots you bought from me last week. Thank you for showing my work on this forum, and thank you all, for the comments on my work.
I am also a little confused with the comments (too light) from Treeman, if he looks at past posts under my name, he will see most of my work is quite dark, either dark clay or oxide finishes to highligh the wonderful native species we have in Aus.
If Treeman is looking for the dark brown unglazed clay in Japanese pots, he will have to buy the imported ones, as this clay is unavailable in Australia, therefore you wont see any Australian Potters creating the same look.
Pierere, Looking forward to photos of the finished combinations.
Cheers
Marie


Thanks Marie,
That makes sense. It wasn't the glazes or the finish I was thinking about so much but more the clay itself. This explains it. Although I do remember using a very dark chocolate coloured clay in school so it must have been available at sometime.
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Re: New pots from Marie Hewarston

Postby GavinG » March 24th, 2018, 4:27 pm

There are plenty of dark clays available from Walker's or Feeneys, and Pat Kennedy for one uses them frequently. They tend to be a bit mottled, which can be quite nice for natives. The dark smooth fine clay that you see on unglazed Japanese pots doesn't seem occur here. I've been told that a frequent source for these clays is the mud from the rice paddies, but that might just be a bit of tourist-romanticizing.

There were quite a number of dark clay pots at Bonsai Week at the NBPCA this week in fact - hopefully someone will post some photos.

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