My first bonsai pots were purchased at supermarkets and various bonsai shops. However the quality was not sufficient. It was around 2004 when I decided to try to produce them myself due to the shortage of the products for my own need. I've been always fascinated by the art of making ceramic articles and finally I got the chance to create something on my own. Gradually my work had been improving and I could do even larger objects which is much more difficult than doing the smaller stuff.
In terms of the appearance I prefer the so-called ''European'' style (i.e. pots made by D. Barton). Although I don't mind some of the proven ''Eastern'' shapes. I like natural design which can be toned for example by oxides. When using glazing I prefer temperate matt stoneware features. I'm not really keen on shiny coloured glaze, which is more suitable for other types of plants. I try to create different structures and textures especially for dramatic bonsai trees such as 'yamadori'. I've got wood-fired kiln, which is great for what I do, but it is also very laborious. The results from each firing are different, simply because the final appearance depends not only on my work, the quality of the clay and glazing but also on the kiln, type of wood, temperature and the actual placing in the kiln. So before I open it there is a moment of tense because I never know how it turns out. As I mentioned before, each of the pot is an original which is what make them so special. However it also means that I'm not capable to create the same piece twice.
Hugo Studeník
All my pots are hand-made, which enables me to give each of them individual shape and surface. Thanks to that and the firing process a unique product is created. I only use high quality clay and the temperature for the final firing reaches about 1250 C. A slight deformation may occur during the drying and firing, particularly with big pieces, which is why I grind the feet of the pot underneath beforehand so it won't dangle on flat surface.