... Exhibition trees and demonstrations
The U.K. National Bonsai show is a bi-annual event based in Bury near Manchester, England.
This year the demonstrations were some of the best I have seen, performed by leading artists from around the world, including Bjorn Bjornholm (USA), Rafael Torres (Spain), Anthony Smith (S Africa) and Hugo Luna Zamora (Mexico).
The Exhibition of trees was of a very high quality, with Bjorn even commenting that some could have made it into the Taiken-ten, and possibly even the Kokufu-ten in Japan!
One highlight was the well thought out and compelling 'Lord of the Rings' themed display by Steve Hale. A magnificent Trident maple on 'legs' in pot by Ian Baillie, sits on a dragon carved table by leading U.K. maker Doug Mudd, and with an accent Kusamono through which Bilbo Baggins and Frodo are wading. A additional small accent to the rear contains the ring. Such adventurous displays can be risky and are difficult to get right. Each element was ingeniously designed and beautifully balanced within the composition.
... U.K. National Pot Display, by the EBPC.
An exhibition of high quality bonsai ceramics from around Europe, displaying the increasing levels of talent in this part of the world.
... EBPC Trade Stand ... some real treasures!
The EBPC had some superb pots, EBPC stamped and freshly made for the event by EBPC potters including amongst others: Maria Jose Gonzales, Roman Husmann, Marc Berenbrinker, and Erin Pottery, which proved extremely popular with the buyers during the event.
I am constantly surprised how the standard of the exhibitions and quality of trees continues to improve, and the U.K. Nationals was a prime example of this. Thank you to Tony Tickle, his wife and team for a tremendous weekend. As always, thank you to our fantastic customers, without your support the EBPC would not be possible.
Articles are written by Alex Rudd unless otherwise stated.