My name is Chuck Iker. I am a ceramic artist from Batavia, Ohio. I make and sell unique wheel thrown and hand built Bonsai Pots. Each pot I produce is individually made so that no two pieces are ever exactly alike. I take the time to year date and serial number each piece. An Iker Bonsai Pot is truly a one of a kind unique piece. I never mold, cast or jigger so annual production is limited to around 500 pieces per year.
My work is influenced by a 20 year background in functional and artistic pottery and a decades long appreciation for the art of bonsai. I handcraft each piece with a focus on how you might use it in your bonsai composition. I work to provide options from traditional to somewhat less traditional.
My glazes are high fire bonded to the pot which is made from my own custom blended stoneware clay that is vitrified and frost proof. Most of my glazes are my own formula developed to replicate organic and natural finishes and not overpower the bonsai composition. I enjoy fluid glazes that burn on the surface transitions revealing the beauty of the underlying clay body and pool with deep, rich organic tones. Completely lead-free glazes ensure safety for both handling and your trees.
I properly finish and trim my work so that every bonsai pot looks finished and functions as required. You will not find unfinished, untrimmed bottoms on any of my pots.
My ceramics are shipped with largely recycled materials. I collect post-consumer boxes and packing materials from several local businesses. I work to maintain a high degree of business ethics. I take as much pride in the way I do business as I do the bonsai pots I make.