Additional photographs of
all of the pots are available
upon request prior to
This nice shallow pot is a good example why most pots having a crackle
glaze should not be exposed to freezing conditions. The pot is visually
sound, but knocking it with a knuckle demonstrates that it has several
cracks. It does not ring true. There are several spots of visible spalling on
the inside and the bottom but the exterior looks fine.
Crackle pots are generally raku-fired. This is not hot enough to take
them to full densification. Thus, they will absorb water and in freezing
conditions in the presence of moisture, this can lead to cracking much like
terracotta pots left outdoors in the winter snow.
This medium large rectangular pot has Jim’s wonderful crackle glaze
and has developed a rich, warm patina. But note the comments to the
right. External measurements are 14.25 x 7 x 1.5” and the internal
measurements are 13 x 6 x 1”. No visible cracks on the outside but
several cracks inside. Note the chip missing from the back right corner,
almost certainly from freezing. Best if it finds a home in a collection rather
than active use.
Small oval Barrett pot, lightly
but definitely used. Outside:
5.75 x 4.25 x 1.5”. Inside: 5 x
3.5 x 1”
Jim regularly produced shallow suibans of all sizes, mostly in deep greens.
This one is smaller at 10” wide by 5” deep by 0.5” high outside with inside
at 9.5, 4.5, and 0.25”.
pot with an interesting
glaze. Used with some
water deposits but very
good condition. It is 3-
legged and not quite
dimension outside are 5x4.5” and ~2” tall with inside at 4.5x4” and about
See my comments above about crackle-glaze pots in freezing weather.
This one was obviously left out in the winter here in the mid-Atlantic. It
not only cracked, but broke. It has been repaired with glue but you can
see the substantial crack on the back-side of the pot in this picture. It
would have been a nice little pot if properly cared for. This pot has a 3”
outside diameter and is1.5” high. Inside dimensions are 2.5” and 1”
JB1-9683 $5 with the purchase of some other pot.
A very shallow, long oval
pot. The slight lime
deposits confirm that it
has been used. The
unusual dimensions of
8.25” wide, 3.75” deep
and 1” high outside
measurements of 7.75, 3,
and 0.75” respectively) make this pot unique.
Large, shallow pot, unglazed ,with an iron
oxide wash. Used but in good shape. Full
signature and chop. Made 12/11/82. Lip is
somewhat undercut, hence the significant
difference in the exterior and interior
dimensions: 20.25 x 12.25 x 1.25 exterior.
19 x 11 x 0.75 interior
2.25 2 1+
2 1.75 1-
2.25 2 1+ 2 1.75 1-
Another suiban, smaller than the one above.
External measurements are 5.5 “ wide, 3.5’ depth
and 0.5” high. (Internal: 5.25, 3.25, and 0.25”)
1 1 1
2 2.25 1.5 2
This is one of Jim’s cute little pots that he slip-cast. It is a
Lotus shape with external dimensions of 3” width, 2” depth
and 1+” height. Corresponding internal measurements are
2.5, 1.5, and 1-”.
3+ 2+ 1.25
3- 2- 1
3 x3 2.25 x 0.75
2.5 x 2 x 0.5
2.75 x 1.5
2.25 x 1.25
Small round pot. Lime deposits on
External: 3.25 x 3.25
Internal: 2.5 x 2.75
This Jim Barrett pot, seen at the National Arboretum,
measures 40" by 31" by 10" and required 230 pound
of clay and a fork-lift when it was made. For the
fascinating story of how Jim did it, see Bonsai Today,
54, March/April, 1998, "Anatomy of a Pot."
Sorry, but I cannot offer anything in that size range.
Very large Jim Barrett pot. Made
with a high-grog clay. Signed,
dated, and chopped. Used, with
some lime deposits on bottom.
Great for a forest.
Width: 20 18.5
Depth: 15 13.5
Height: 2 1.5