October 31st, 2018
A new top level exhibition in Madrid!
Spain is one of the leading European countries in the field of bonsai. This November 2018 marks the 1st ABE National show in Madrid, Spain and the EBPC are proud to be ABE member and have been invited to attend and support European Bonsai & its Pottery in Spain.
The show will host some of the best bonsai trees from Spain and around Europe. There will also be a large display of bonsai pots in the main arena courtesy of one of Europe's leading collectors, Javi Campos Juan. This display will include antique pots from China and Japan, together with more modern examples.
In addition there will be demonstrations, workshops and talks by leading artists such as; Koji Hiramatsu, Marco Invernizzi, Jan Culek, Rafa Torres and EBPC member Jose Antonio Guerao.
EBPC Info Stand
The EBPC will have an Information / trading space at the exhibition and will be running various games with pots as prizes!
EBPC members Maria Jose Gonzales and Guerao bonsai pots are also both involved in the exhibition, and we look forward to seeing them and more superb from these great artists.
EBPC Sponsor Trophy
We are very proud to have been asked to judge for the category of 'Best Chumono Conifer'. The winner will be awarded with this beautiful trophy made by EBPC member Maria Jose Gonzales.
If you are attending this great event, please come and say hi! We look forward to seeing you there! If not, we will get as many photos as possible!
More information can be found on the ABE website here.
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Heathrow Bonsai Show, U.K.
9th Heathrow Bonsai Show 2018
Heathrow Show started as a club level show, catering for local bonsai clubs. Over the past 9 years, it has grown into the U.K.'s largest and most popular show with around 35 bonsai clubs from around the U.K. taking part and displaying trees.
EBPC Trading & tree display for Maidstone B.S.
The EBPC has supported this show since we formed in 2016, and with over 200 pots and 28ft of trading space, we were sure to arrive early as setting up takes quite some time. Heathrow show has a large main room for the exhibition and tree sales, and another room for traders of pots and dry goods.
As always the EBPC pots proved extremely popular and some superb pieces were snapped up by customers old and new. Some great new pots were also collected from some of the potters, which will be available in the EBPC shop soon.
I was also display trees with Maidstone Bonsai Society. Below are a few of my trees in our display, including my Olive which took joint 1st place in the exhibitor's vote. (The other joint 1st went to another Maidstone club member, Dean, with his beautiful Kokonoe Pine that can be seen behind.)
Below are the final results. For more photos, please visit Swindon Bonsai Club's blog here.
Bonsai San, Saulieu 2018
Bonsai San, one of Europe's largest & most enjoyable shows has once again surpassed itself!
This is certainly one of the highlights of the year for me. This picturesque and historic town of Saulieu, is in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, south-east of Paris and was built on the crossing of two Roman roads, and the surrounding countryside is a pleasure to behold. The venue is superb! Everything (except demonstrators) is in one very large room (an ex cattle market!) which makes for a wonderful atmosphere, and this show to me, is the most 'friendly' I have been to. Natural light floods in from the roof windows providing the perfect setting for the display of trees and pots!
The EBSS Trophy for; Best European pot and tree combination'
The award was won by Jean-Paul Polmans with this wonderful Carpinus Coreana, in a superbly matched pot by Bryan Albright. We felt that the pot complimented the tree perfectly without overpowering it. The masculine trunk with delicate well ramified tips go superbly with the soft incised corners of an otherwise more masculine shaped pot. The harvest glaze also brings harmony to the light tones of the tree.
As he couldn't make it to the show, the trophy was awarded by Alex Rudd of the EBPC to Danny Use on Jean-Paul's behalf.
Danny was also awarded a trophy himself for his enormous contribution to the show, including displaying a few trees from his incredible private collection, such as this approx. 2 meter wide Seigen Maple in the largest (Derek Aspinall) pot you have ever seen!
EBPC Trade Stand
The EBPC was also trading at our usual great spot - and had over 200 pots for sale by 30 of Europe's most accomplished bonsai potters.
We were accompanied at the stand by EBPC potters; Tom Benda, Sami Amdouni and Pierre Rousseau, all of whom brought many incredible new pieces for EBPC customers! As well as these guys, I must extend a big thank you to everyone else that helped out as well, including amongst others; Mark & Ming, and Richard & Marilyn, and to our many customers for their ongoing support of the EBPC and European Bonsai Pottery.
Some fantastic new pots were also selected for the EBPC shop and there are many that will be added very soon!
Below for example are a few of the pots Sami Amdouni brought with him. Sami's work is constantly improving and his attention to detail and mastery of glazes is very impressive.
... Whilst we improve the shop, and add all the fantastic new pots, the EBPC online shop is now closed but will be open again very soon!
Some of the trees in European pots we liked
Thank you to all those that made it possible
A huge thank you goes out to the organisers Fred and Stephanie, and their fantastic team for all the hard work and passion involved in creating such a wonderful event for European bonsai enthusiasts. It is shows like this, that show off European bonsai at its best, which keep the art alive and booming. If you haven't yet been, then a visit next year is strongly advised, and we look forward to seeing you then!