burlwood brushpots

brushpot bitong

Pair of Burl Bitong (bǐtǒng, 筆筒).

Burr encrusted brush-pots, the wood is from a dead trunk of ivy strangled privet. They are holding my own making of brushes made of cock hackles, chicken fluff feathers, one of peacock feather and a couple with long flags of deer and goat hair. These brushes are hard to control but introduce an element of spontaneous mark making and special effects into ink painting not unlike the ethos of abstract expressionism.