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We like small pots.  Anyone who reads our blog will not be surprised by that of course. But how small is small.  How about under 5cm.  Is that small? Well yes it is and of course being that small makes them more of a collectors item than owning it for practical application.

Today we are going to look at three Ichiyo pots. We acquired them from two different people.  Without being told they are small, I doubt most of us would guess they are under 5cm each.

3Q6C0109-2Each of these delicate pots resemble pots much larger in size.  From the white & green glaze, to the darker blue there is an excellent patina on these pots indicating that they have served time in the garden being used for their intended purpose – holding a plant or very small tree. So let’s take a closer look at these three.

Ichiyo

Ichiyo

A very nice patina on this extremely thin walled pot.  One can tell this pot has been used for many years. Perhaps a small accent plant was growing within the borders of these walls.  We would have loved to have seen it in use.  For now, it sits in our collection with its two other siblings.

Ichiyo

Ichiyo

This one is perhaps our favorite.  A beautiful glaze with a hint of green. To obtain a better view just click the image.  Note how the white pot above is using a much lighter clay while this two-toned glazed pot used the more reddish clay indicating a higher iron content.

Ichiyo

Ichiyo

Lastly, this blue glazed pot shows years of usage. Notice the patina on the lip of the pot and along its bottom. The sure sign of having been in the garden for many years.

It takes talent to be able to create pots this small and delicate but yet able to withstand the rigors of summer heat and winter cold.  Only if we weathered things that well. It has been some time since we posted last principally because I (Sam) have been under the weather with a bad case of bronchitis.  But we are feeling better and so I hope a few more posts in the upcoming days including an announcement about a new Bay Area Suiseki Club.

Our best wishes for you and yours this year.

Sam and KJ

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