This will be the last photos from my visit to the “Trophy”. I didn’t take a photo of every tree displayed (which I am disappointed now) but in my opinion I did save one of the best for last. This is a Pinus mugo by Nik Rozman, a yamadori, a European native species and it was in a pot by a “local” potter.
I think this sums up the exhibition well in that there is definitively a move towards native species and the use of local pots. Nik is featured in the latest edition of Bonsai Focus magazine and appears to have a great future in the art of bonsai.
The two and a half days we spent at the “Trophy” were fantastic, the exhibition trees, the demonstrations, the traders stands and all the other activities that take place during the show made it a very enjoyable and fun experience. … Continue reading →
This is essentially part two of the “beer & bonsai” tour, but this is about the bonsai as opposed to the beer. I was very impressed by all aspects of the organisation in Belgium for the Trophy and I am … Continue reading →
Its been a while since I posted and I have a good reason, I’ve been on holidays. A quick trip to visit the “Best of” 20 years Trophy 2019 bonsai exhibition in Belgium was the highlight but there were many … Continue reading →
Very exciting time this week as a few more of my pots were revealed as they were unloaded out of the kiln. I am still under close supervision by my teacher but as time goes by I think I am getting progressively a little better. I still very much enjoy the process of “playing with clay” and am continually surprised with what you can achieve with it.
Anyway, enough chatting, on with the pots…….
I still have a lot to learn, especially in regard to glazes but its a work in progress. Hopefully in a few months I will have a couple more to show.
Yesterday was the monthly meeting of the local bonsai society and I took along a cotoneaster that was in desperate need of a trim. I had deliberately let this grow to allow the tree to gain some strength but the time had come.
An hour or so with the scissors and it was back to a more reasonable size. A few members and I also took the opportunity to discuss the tree for possible improvements (it really does need a lot of improvement) so we turned it around, put it at different angles and generally critiqued it. I have made a few decisions on the future for this tree and I will post the “new look” in six or eight months time.