Another artist for Bonsai Europa 2015
I recently got a new app for my iPad, Sketch Book pro, and sat to have a play with it on my daily commute to and from the day job. I thought I would have a go at drawing / painting one of my old trees that is now in the collection of David Jackson
There are some new and interesting talents lined up for this major UK show
Bartosz Warwas, 23 from Katowice, Poland.
My first contact with Bonsai was in 2000 in regular Plants Book. I was very fascinated so I read a lot of books about Bonsai. In 2006 I attended to first Bonsai workshop with Włodzimierz Pietraszko. Since this time I have attended to many workshop with Wlodzimierz and Robert Błądek, two times with Kevin Willson and one with Taiga Urishibata. I also have had a possibility to assist many times Wlodzimierz during Bonsai Demo’s.
In May 2011 I won Polish New Talent Contest that allowed…
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For those of you who are not aware the Leach family is synonymous and responsible for the Studio Ceramics movement that formed in the UK in early 1900’s. It was Simon’s grandfather Bernard Leach and his friend Shoji Hamada who brought the ethics and attitude of the studio potter from Japan to St Ives in Cornwall, the rest they say is history.
Simon, Bernard’s grandson, has continued the family tradition and has practised in the UK, Spain and currently USA. Simon puts some fantastic videos on You Tube for Potters of all abilities and I have been a subscriber and watcher for a few years now.
So if your into ceramics or want to get into ceramics, throwing in particular, then here is an excellent place to start. Check out some of Simon’s early videos for how to’s, they are full of invaluable information.
More information on Bonsai Europa 2015
Milan Karpíšek from Czech Republic artist and Demonstrator
- In 1999 I had first experiments with bonsai trees.
- In 2005-2006 – a meeting with the President of the Czech Bonsai Association Václav Novák. Since that time my attitude to bonsai trees has dramatically changed.
- In 2008 I took part in the competition for new talents in Uherské Hradiště town, Czech Republic , where I won the first post.
- In 2009 I participated in the Spanish Congress EBA in Lorca, where I took the second post in the European competition for new talents.
- In 2010 I was invited as a demonstrator…
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A chance to get your hands on some of Will’s trees, have a look there is some great future bonsai trees here
It’s always a challenge when someone asks you to make a pot for their tree. Firstly there is choosing the right type an style of pot and then there is choosing to glaze or to remain unglazed. By and large glazed pots are used for deciduous trees and unglazed used for coniferous, there is always some slight deviation but this is pretty much the rule of thumb. Regarding the size of the pot, the depth should be approx the same width as the base of the tree (nebari) with the width of the pot just being smaller than the overall canopy size of the tree. However this all goes out of the window when the tree is semi or full cascade!
The next hurdle to navigate through, once all the above has been negotiated, is the customers tastes. The customer will have in mind what they want and the potter will then have to guide the customer through a selection process do they both agree on what the customer likes and what the potter can, and is willing to, make. When this had been established then the customer will have an image in their head of what the finished pot will look like and the potter will have his image. Now whenever you engage an artist into making a bespoke piece if art there is a certain element of artistic licence that is involved and sometimes this is employed and sometime not. So taking into account all of the above a pot is usually produced and then there comes the matching of the pot to the tree. If the potter has got it right and has interpreted the image in the tree owners head then all well and good but this is usually a tricky area as the potter usually hears one of the following…
” It’s a little to small/big”
“The glaze is slightly the wrong shade of ****”
“It not quite what I had in mind”
…or various versions of the above.
So you can see making a pot for a tree is not an easy path to tread and fraught with several hurdles and obstacles to navigate and negotiate. I know some potters who make what they make and do not do any commissions at all as this negotiating and discussion period with the customer is as frustrating as it is fun. So if you do ever commission a potter to make a pot for your tree try and think of the path this task will take and if the potter and the tree owner are in tune they can be successful and create the perfect image. After all the pot is 50% of the image and the Bon for the Sai each without the other will not work so like a good marriage, understanding, patience and harmony are the order of the day. Sometimes you are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and stumble across the right pot for your tree and it’s instant perfection incarnate
This Olive belongs to a club member from Maidstone Bonsai Society who asked me to come up with a pot suggestion. I always do a virtual potting first to see what the image can look like. Not only may you stumble across a style or pot you have never considered it gives you the benefit of potting the tree without getting your hands dirty. Here are my suggestions, what if any do you like, I have my favourite but I am not letting on. The Virtual’s are a mix of Japanese pots and my pots.
I stumbled across this potter a while back and now subscribe to his videos on You Tube. If you are into ceramics then he really is worth watching. Check it out
Nik Rozman: Slovenia
Born in 1991. At the age of ten Nik got his first bonsai as a gift. A couple years later Nik joined the Slovenian bonsai club – SBK and made great progress. Nik attended many workshops and demonstrations with many well-known bonsai masters. Learning from Adriano Bonini, Horst Krekeler, Vaclav Novak, Enrico Savini and many others. In 2008 Nik represented Slovenia in the EBA’s New Talent Contest that was held in Vienna. In 2009 He won first prize and awarded the best tree at an Austrian exhibition. Nik was proud to be declared by SBK as one of only seven bonsai instructors in Slovenia.
Nik has worked with Bonsai for over 12 years and enjoys all that the bonsai world has to offer and has no intention of leaving it. Nik attends many bonsai events throughout Europe and received numerous of prizes and awards for exhibiting his…
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