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Magic Ceramics

Just uploading few photos of 3 pots, that i started making. They still need feet to be added just waiting for clay to stiffen a bit. More photos to follow.

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In case you haven’t noticed my friend Maciej Targosinski makes accent pots as well as an expanding bonsai pot portfolio. I believe in supporting local talent, yes, I count anyone based in Ireland as local! I have been helping Maciej get off the ground by selling some of his beautiful pots and now we have created a blogsite for him to share his ceramics journey with you.

Please pop over to and give it a look and follow his exploits. There is also an email sign up option in the sidebar for you to receive notification of any new posts.  Just click on the image below to visit his site. Feel free to comment when there and show your encouragement.

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Magic Ceramics are now on Facebook, click on the image below to visit his page and give him a like.

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Experience Japan in Dublin

Had a great day with friends in Dublin on Sunday at the ‘Experience Japan’ Event.

Together with members from 3 bonsai clubs in Ireland we displayed a few bonsai and had a catch up. The trees were from a wide range of people all with different levels of experience. It was great to catch up with a few old faces as well.

For more photos CLICK HERE and visit the Bonsai Ireland site.

Big Difference Between ‘Decandling’ and ‘Breaking’ Pine Shoots…

Michael Hagedorn

There’s a storm of confusion around these two techniques…and it’s one of those things we don’t want to get wrong. Pines take a couple years to get back on track, once off track, and so they make us look at our mistakes for a long time.

I’ll try to make this short and sweet. For starters, how do we distinguish decandling from breaking/pinching?

Breaking/Pinching means taking part of the shoot off, usually with fingers, as the shoot is extending in early to mid-spring. This is before the needles have come out.

DSC_0605 Scots pine candles, before pinching.

DSC_0606 With the fleshy part of the fingers, pinch the candle according to its strength, taking more off for stronger ones, less for weaker, none for weakest.

DSC_0607 Right candle pinched approximately in half.

DSC_0608 Left candle pinched.

Decandling means cutting off the entire pine candle off in late spring. Often the new needles have come out already.

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