Auction Raku pot for Macmillan Cancer Support
This weekend another successful bonsai weekend workshop was hosted by a friend & club member, Les & family - where over £1000 has been raised so far for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The EBPC is proud to donate the proceeds of this auction to the current total raised, so if you would like to bid, the auction can be found here.
The auction ends Thursday 6th September, 2018.
The pot is a Raku fired piece, made by one of Europe's leading bonsai potters, Andrew Pearson of Stone Monkey Ceramics. It has a wonderful crackle glaze in teal, and bears the EBPC stamp in addition to the Stone Monkey Ceramics stamp, and makes a wonderful addition to any pot collection. Please note Raku fired pots are not frost proof, yet with a little care are very useable bonsai pots. A care sheet will also be provided to the winner.
The bonsai workshop was busy again, and some great trees were worked on over the two days. A variety of games and raffles were also arranged, with many local businesses around Ashford kindly donating raffle prizes. In addition to raising money for a great cause, a fun weekend was had by all.
We are very proud & excited to welcome a wonderful new member to the EBPC - Guerao.
An superb European bonsai potter, passionate about classical Japanese design and form, and experienced & knowledgeable with trees too.
Read the EBPC 'Potter Profile' for this wonderful artist here.
.. A selection of his works are available to buy in the EBPC online store here.
Spain is a leading European country where bonsai is concerned - with some of Europe's finest nurseries, museums, artists and collectors of trees and bonsai ceramic. Spain also boasts some fantastic bonsai potters, such as Maria José González Rodríguez, Carles Vives & Jose Antonio Guerao Navarro!
The European Bonsai Potter Collective has therefore become a member of the ABE and are proud to support this great organisation, and to help spread the great Spanish bonsai pottery to bonsai enthusiasts around the world.
This event will be held on 3rd & 4th November 2018, for more information, please visit the ABE website at: http://www.abebonsai.es/
#MareaABE #CongresoABE #EBPC #EuropeanBonsaiPotterCollective
Stone Monkey Ceramics - Raku Edition
The EBPC is very excited to offer for sale the 'Raku Series' from Stone Monkey Ceramics.
Dual stamped with the EBPC stamp together with the Stone Monkey Ceramics mark, these superb pots come in a wonderful variety of forms and colours!
Raku is a Japanese technique of firing ceramics such as 'chawan' tea bowls. Rather than placing the ceramics in a cool kiln, raku ware goes straight into a hot kiln for a time, and then are cooled rapidly. Raku pots are cooked to around 1000 degrees centigrade, which is lower than stoneware, and as such they do not reach the heat required to 'vitrify' or make them 'frost proof'. They are however superb, useable bonsai or accent pots and the flames and extreme changes in temperature offer some quite stunning results. These were fired in a kiln belonging to a friend of Andrew, as his new studio and kilns are being built.
Please see the online store for the selection.
The EBPC continues to bring you the very best in bonsai ceramics...
Makisada! - A few incredible pieces in store now!
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!
Evolution in action
I would like to extend a huge thank you to Wirral Bonsai Society and all those that attended Wednesday evening's talk on the EBPC and the evolution of bonsai pottery. I was very honoured to present a talk to such a great club, one which I have always held in high esteem. After a six hour drive, I was very pleased to be met with a (soft) drink and many friendly welcoming club members.
There was a great turnout, with some having ventured from as far as Wales and Manchester. Members brought along some beautiful trees and suiseki for the display, and some pots for identification and to admire! The standard of members trees was most impressive and the club has a fantastic atmosphere. Below are just a few examples.
From representing; a status symbol to the Chinese literati, to a spiritual symbol to Zen Buddhists of Japan, to a new art-form in the West - the talk followed the evolution of ceramics used for miniature trees over hundreds of years, as a reflection to the changing trends in 'bonsai' practice.
The second part of the talk went on to discuss the EBPC, the incredible pots and potters and their place within this evolution.
Photographs and example pots were discussed, and many of the pots that were brought for sale were enthusiastically snapped up by the audience. Again, we thank you all sincerely for your support for the EBPC and the European potters.
Talks are available in a range of bonsai pottery related topics.
To discuss booking a talk by Alex Rudd of the EBPC, please contact me on Alex@EuropeanBonsaiPotterCollective.com.
Check the EBPC Shop 4pm (GMT) daily for great new pots this week!!!
Examples of the 100+ EBPC pots (20 EBPC potters!) being listed for sale over the next 5 days.
But NOW .. there are some fantastic new pots by Walsall Studio Ceramics in the shop, including some beautiful big ovals and some great shohin pots!
Pots by (in order of photos) ... Tomas Gramming, Ian Baillie, Maria José González Rodríguez, Tom Benda, Elsebeth Bruun Ludvigsen, Matjaž Raimondi, Thor Holvila, Stone Monkey Ceramics, Roman Husmann, Makisada Ceramics, Sabine Besnard, Marc Berenbrinker, lotus-bonsai.com, Marjan Mirt, Miroslav Znamenáček, Carina Jern, Erin Pottery / Bonsai, Englert Keramik, Sami Amdouni ...
The finest examples - mostly at potter's original prices!!
EBPC / B4me Online shop. www.EuropeanBonsaiPotterCollective.com
Fantastic Walsall Studio Ceramics pots are now for sale in the EBPC shop.
New pots will be listed daily this week! .. Enjoy :)
Happy Re-potting! Alex
We are very proud and excited to welcome a fantastic new member to the EBPC from Madrid, Spain. Maria Jose Gonzales is a highly acclaimed and very talented ceramic artist who produces high quality handmade bonsai pots and related ceramics, including; kusamono, shitakusa, ikebana and Suiban for suiseki stone appreciation.
Articles are written by Alex Rudd unless otherwise stated.