Holvila Bonsai Pots - Sweden. Thor Holvila.
After having practiced bonsai for some time, Thor Holvila learnt his craft as apprentice to a raku technique pioneer, prior to opening his own bonsai ceramics studio in 2009. He has since become one of Europe's leading up and coming bonsai ceramists and his pots are sought after across Europe and U.S.A. Like most great potters, Thor pots have his own very distinct style.
Thor uses simple tools on very soft, rough clay to create his unique style of pots, which beautifully reflect the landscape and environment of his Scandinavian surroundings, and the nordic tales and traditions. He is best known for his rugged pots, perfect for those aged masculine trees, and superb glazes, mixed from various oxides, ashes and slips of clay.
The design of this pot is inspired by the castle towers srrounding the city of Visby, Gotland. The feet are warriors storming the impregnable fortress. A good theme that houses and protects the tree from external threats.
The first of it's kind. The glaze is flowing in white-brown veils with elements of blue; like ice casing the walls on a December day. On the underside, two warriors are facing Grendel - a mythological monster that ravages the Viking Hall at night in the epic tale of Beowulf.