Please join me in welcoming fantastic French potters: 'TERRE EN VADROUILLE' to the EBPC!
They traded last weekend at Arco in Italy, and this weekend will be at Expo de bonsai region sud - Donzac!
Read all about them in their EBPC potter profile and examples of their work here.
The EBPC will be releasing some of their pots for sale TOMORROW (Thursday 10th May) - around 4pm GMT!! And there are some superb mame and shohin stunners in there, including some beautiful painted pieces.
A great new high level show just outside London!
Sunday 8th April saw the much anticipated first Expo Bonsai U.K. exhibition, located just outside West London. This show is set to be the largest show in the South of England, and in time may well grow into one of Europe's great shows.
The European Bonsai Potter Collective is proud to support this great new event, and in addition to trading and displaying a tree, the EBPC are also proud sponsors for the trophy for 'best pot and tree combination'. I would like to express a warm thank you to all of the EBPC / B4Me team for your hard work and great company on the day! I can confidently say we all had a very enjoyable day. From left to right: Maarten, Mark, Tom, Alex, Harry, Sean & John.
The tree I entered, is an Arakawa maple in a pot by Peter Krebs. The table is by Doug Mudd, and the pyracantha accent is in an Ino Shukuho pot.
A few trees I was very impressed by ...
ExpoBonsai - the results!
Huge congratulations to all of the winners who are listed below .. including Simon Temblett who won the EBPC sponsored trophy for best tree and pot combination with this stunning Hawthorne in a nanban style pot by Dan Barton. The rustic design of the nanban with the 'kink' to the rim, compliments the ragged deadwood of the trunk wonderfully!
Here are the final results of the show.
BEST IN SHOW, SUPPORTED BY SARUYAMA BONSAI: JOHN PITT, BLACKTHORN.
BEST LARGE DECIDUOUS DISPLAY SUPPORTED BY GREENWOOD BONSAI STUDIO: MARK & RITTA COOPER, TRIDENT MAPLE.
Runner up: Steve McKee.
BEST LARGE CONIFER DISPLAY SUPPORTED BY KAIZEN BONSAI: MO FAGAN, CHAMAECYPARIS.
Runner up: Dean Morgan.
BEST MAME/SHOHIN DISPLAY SUPPORTED BY WINDYBANK BONSAI: JOHN ARMITAGE.
Runner up: Mark & Ritta Cooper.
BEST ACCENT PLANTING SUPPORTED BY LEE VERHOREVOORT BONSAI: JOHN PITT.
Runner up: Andy Jordan.
BEST TREE/POT COMBINATION SUPPORTED BY THE EUROPEAN BONSAI POTTERS COLLECTIVE: SIMON TEMBLETT.
Runner up: Ian Cuppleditch.
We would like to thank the organisers, Steve, Mark, Brian, Ming and Tony as well as all of those who helped out in the organisation and running of the event. A superb job was done by all in putting on an extremely enjoyable and great quality bonsai exhibition. We will be back for future events!
We are very excited to welcome a wonderful potter from France; Sabine Besnard!
Sabine creates a diverse range of stunning ceramics for bonsai, shitakusa and Ikeabana.
If you are not aware of her work -
Check out Sabine's 'potter profile' here - and her pots in the EBPC webstore !
Introducing Second Generation Holvila. 熊谷
As many have been following through his fascinating blog, EBPC potters Thor Holvila and Carina Jern have just spent a month in Japan working alongside one of Japan’s most famous and well respected bonsai potters; ‘Shuhu’ - Hidemi Kataoka of Tokoname, amongst others. This article is an announcement and celebration of the ‘second generation’ of Thor Holvila’s works. Don’t miss this article (available soon...) on the experiences of Carina Jern on this momentous journey.
The invitation came as quite a surprise, as this has not really been done between the west and Japan since the great friendship between Bernard Leech and Shoji Hamada in the early part of the 20th century. Thor and Carina hastily accepted this great honour and started packing for a journey into the unknown.
Having been a dedicated fan of Holvila’s work for 3 years now, it has been enthralling watching his artwork evolve and getting to know the fascinating man behind the pots. Thor’s passion for nature and art are quite inspiring, as is his humble nature and work ethic. Perhaps it was these qualities as well as his talent in pottery that appealed to the Japanese psyche.
Holvila pots reflect the rugged, yet extremely beautiful surroundings around Sweden’s valleys and mountains. Works are influenced by the sense of immense power and peace felt gazing at a glacier, or the serenity of a waterfall scene.
Thor’s work is now very popular in America and Australia, in addition to here in Europe, and twice this year Holvila pots have been recognised and praised in Japanese bonsai magazines; ‘Bonsai Shunju’ and ‘Bonsai World’. Which in itself, is quite an accolade!
Thor and Kataoka san shared knowledge and techniques, which the enthusiastic Thor soaked up like a sponge. Needless to say, friendships were born and some wonderful pots were made in the process.
The pots shown are quite obviously Holvila pots, but with a definite and complimentary Japanese influence. The first has smooth lines, a beautiful shiro glaze and superb Holvila ‘skull feet’. The second is an evolution of the ‘Gotham’ design (a pot EBPC spotted and released in the EBPC webstore!), in a deep ruri glaze.
In addition to working alongside Kataoka san, Thor also spent time with other legendary potters, such as: the great Koyo (Aiba Koichiro), his son Juko (Kuniaki Aiba), Ikkou (Kazuhiro Watanabi), Bigei (Hirata Atsumi) and Eimie, (Hideaki Shimizu) son of Youzan.
Towards the end of the month’s visit, as a further mark of respect, Thor was honoured by the gift of a new potter’s stamp and name. As he stands between the mountains of east and west, he has been given the name ‘熊谷 （くまたに）, or in English - kuma tani – Bear of the valley.
Dalbjörnen in Swedish :)
This new hanko / mark will be used for all future Valley Bear (Thor Holvila) pots and represents a new era of works, distinct from the ‘pre-Japan’ era. In Japan, ‘generation’ can also mean ‘era’ in this way and some Japanese potters will call themselves second generation as their work evolves markedly in this manner.
Bear retires to the valley ...
The effect of these four weeks in Valley Bear’s work will be exciting to witness. Now back home however, and before even attempting to catch up on sleep, Thor has already been busy creating more inspired pieces! ... The EBPC are very proud to welcome ‘Valley Bear’; second generation Holvila.
Thor Holvila pots are available from the EBPC web store at www.bonsai4me.com/shop
Having seen his work, we really are very excited to be able to offer you pots from one of Europe's promising new bonsai potters, Mira! His work will be available for sale in the EBPC shop (link above) from Thursday 6th September.
You can read his 'Potter Profile' and see some of his work here.
New 'EBPC stamp' for finer works
Look out in the future for pots which bear 2 stamps - The potter's, and the European Bonsai Potter Collective's.
These two stamps together will act as a further sign of quality, and the EBPC stamp will only be used for finer works produced specifically for the EBPC. The idea, born from some of the potters in the Collective is one of many the Collective will realise to ensure the best pots are brought to you for the best value.
Collector pieces of the future!
Easily recognisable stamp!
The EBPC stamp and logo represents the bottom of a round bonsai pot, complete with drainage and wire holes. This logo has been replicated and simplified for the EBPC potter's stamp.
More incredible potters join the EBPC
All of the above potters produce very well made pieces of distinction with passion. The EBPC is proud to welcome these superb potters into the Collective, and we look forward to bringing you more of their work in the future.
Launched - Boxing day 2016!
The best European and Japanese bonsai pots; lots of choice, all in one place!!
As a bonsai enthusiast, it can be hard to find good quality bonsai pots for trees. There is limited information on the various European potters. It seems you must first know of them, then visit each potter’s website independently. They often however have few if any pots available. So, if that fails, the options are; travel around Europe to all the shows (which is great fun!), or ask a potter (who’s style you like and will suit your tree) to build a pot by commission.
This can take many months, if not more, and is great for that showpiece tree that will be ready in 2 years, but what if you need a pot now? It is incredible that there is not one platform, where top European potters can all showcase and sell their pottery from – well there is now!
After a few years of being fascinated by, and collecting bonsai trees and high quality handmade pots, from Europe and Japan; Alex Rudd had amassed over a thousand Japanese and hundreds of European pots in his private collection. This passion drove him to create what many feel is a huge gap in the market:
- The European Bonsai Potter Collective. Hosted on Bonsai4Me.com/shop
BONSAI EMPIRE PROMOTED - with giveaway hand carved Japanese bonsai pot.
Launched on December 26th (Boxing day) at 5pm, on the globally popular website ‘Bonsai4me.com’, some of Europe’s finest potters will be showcasing; their works, their profile, and some of their pots for sale. Potters will regularly supply the platform with some of their finer works, which will be available for no more than if purchased from the potter directly and include artists such as;
Holvila pots – Sweden (Thor Holvila)
Stone Monkey Ceramics (Andrew Pearson)
Gramming pots (Tomas Gramming)
Erin pottery (Vic Harris)
China Mist (Steve Kitchman)
Walsall Ceramic Studios (David & Mark Jones & Esther Griffiths)
Pots by Ian Baillie (Ian Baillie )
Sami Amdouni Pots (Sami Amdouni)
Atelier Bonsai element (Erik Krizovensky)
MB Bonsaischalen (Marc Berenbrinker)
Each potter has developed their own unique style, and with each of these styles, their pots will often suit a certain; species, style or feel of bonsai. That’s why it was so important to learn about the potters and their differing styles. Some potters create rugged, masculine pots, which may reflect their local environment (such as Thor Holvila from Sweden), whilst others may be more refined and classical in their design (such as Andrew Pearson of Stone Monkey Ceramics).
The idea of the website is to promote European bonsai pottery, and to educate the public in the beautiful art of bonsai ceramics, and help them find their perfect pot. Finally, bonsai pot shopping made simple!
Articles are written by Alex Rudd unless otherwise stated.