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Chinese Water Pots 1

Chinese Water Pots

In times when everything is meticulously planned, daily routines are standardized, even creativity becomes stressful, it is very important to search places or rooms where we can find peace, recreation and harmony or find some inner peace.

A garden for example can match the needs of modern people suprisingly well. It can be a peaceful place, a source of new energy for body and soul. To create such a refuge, a precise analysis and preparation is necessary. It must be clear what should be achieved with the garden.

In our culture it is new although it is known to men for thousands of years – the meditation garden. Many people think that this kind of garden is mysteriously exotic, only at home in Asia and afflicted with tradition and religion. If you occupy yourself more intensively with the meditation or Japanese garden, you will be surprised how familiar the architecture, composition and contents, the elements stone, sand, moss, trees and water seem in combination. All these are elements which are not typically Chinese or Japanese. Contemplating these gardens, you inevitably find rest of body and mind. This is the key to the spiritual gateway of these gardens. Their aesthetics are universal.

The Japanese garden is also experiencing nature in a minimum space. Even on two square metres it is possible to create such an oasis of calm. Inner courtyards are predestined for gardens of this kind. But beware of just copying a Japanese example. Too easily it can become a foreign object in one's own house, which causes more rejection than admiration.

The element water ought to be integrated into most of those gardens. It need not in any case be a pond or lake.

The element can develop its mind-calming power even in a minimum space. A fountain or a water basin can be sufficient.

I want to show you two water pots which are perfectly suited for such a purpose.

Pot (1) with motifs of the eight Immortals (from the collection of Jutta Reeh)

Measurements:  approximately 60 cm diameter x 40 cm height - about 60-80 years old.

Pot (2) with motifs of the eight Immortals (from the collection of Jutta Reeh)

Measurements:  approximately 60 cm diameter x 48 cm height - about 60-80 years old.



These beautiful Chinese water pots are more than 100 years old and they are from the collection of

Paul Lesniewicz.


These pots can be used in different ways. As simple water pots in a bonsai garden, for example. The pot is filled with water and two bamboo sticks are put on top of it, on which a long Asian watering can can rest.

The pot can also be filled with water and a pump can be inserted to produce a fountain. Another possibility is to install a water pump outside the pot in a water container hidden beneath the soil. Water can endlessly flow into the pot then. For the water inlet strong bamboo is best for aesthetic reasons.

Water pots can also be used for plants. Not plants planted in soil, but a mini water garden.

There are several possibilities. Most simple is the cultivation of duckweed on the surface. A strong horsetail (Equisetum) can also look very attractive.

Most perfect would be a lotos plant growing in a water pot like this.

To emphasize this statement, there is an excellent and extensive article of the Bonsai-Art magazine, issue 108.

This article was kindly provided by BONSAI  ART .

Photographs and text: Peter Krebs

Translation: Heike van Gunst