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Earth and Fire – Miscellaneous Pots

Older than the art of bonsai is the art of modelling and firing clay. At the beginning of human history the first pot must have been made, not as an art work but as a tool for surviving. The prototype of a pot is the shape of a cupped hand, to scoop water or to store food. This prototype is still found today in the shape of our cups, plates and bowls.

The symbol of the cupped hand, opening, keeping, protecting, corresponds with the purpose of the bonsai pot. It must protect the root ball from falling apart and the soil from drying out.

Measurements of the pot: diameter 33,5 cm x 7,1 cm high


Measurements of the pot: 23 cm x 13,5 cm x 6 cm


Measurements of the pot: 46 cm x 33 cm x 5 cm, a high quality pot


and its chop.


Measurements of the pot: 38 cm x 25 cm x 8,5 cm

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All these pots are from the collection of Paul Lesniewicz.

Text and photographs: Peter Krebs

Translation: Heike van Gunst 


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