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Post  fiona on Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:36 am

A few months back several pictures were posted of the stunning "Beyond the Moonshadow" exhibit at Joy of Bonsai created by John Pitt. I made a comment at the time that many of us know John as a bonsai potter, but few realise just what a talented artist he is as well.

Today I had the priviledge of seeing just how much that is true when I visited his garden near Derby. I had arranged to call in to pick up a tree of mine that John was babysitting while he measured it up for a new pot, and what a splendid excuse that was to be very nosey round his fabulous trees. What was even more evident was that this is someone who does things -pots or trees - because he genuinely loves doing them and gets a buzz from it. It's nice (and reassuring) to see people doing things because they enjoy it rather than for ego or money.

A brilliant visit. here is but a taster of it:










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Post  irene_b on Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:39 am

wow!

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Post  fiona on Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:48 am

A few more







Beyond the Moonshadow "resting" in the garden



SIlver Birch started from a seedling some 40 years ago by John's Dad who, John says, takes a lot of the credit for kindling his passion for bonsai.

So there you are. Great trees, and a nice guy. I'm going to stop now in case he thinks I'm touting to become his PR manager.

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Post  Guest on Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:04 am

I have met John on a couple of occasions now and have found him very enthusiastic, entertaining and talented to boot!!.Should post more often though.

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Post  Dustin Mann on Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:38 am

Thanks Fiona for posting some tree/pot combination from someone who is not "Ego Driven" It is refreshing and a joy to be around people like that. I am sure the majority of bonsai folks are like that. The egomaniacs make it Always about themselves(start all their sentences with "I", easily offended, hold resentments,never were popular) Would like to meet many of you folks one day. Thanks again. Dustin Mann

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Post  john pitt on Tue Jun 01, 2010 11:59 am

What can I say Fiona, You can be my PR Manager anytime. Very Happy

We had a good time, and the sun even shone a little.

Always a pleasure to welcome fellow enthusiasts into my little world.

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Post  fiona on Tue Jun 01, 2010 1:32 pm

john pitt wrote:What can I say Fiona, You can be my PR Manager anytime. Very Happy
Excellent news!

There we go - I just charged you consultancy fees for this entire thread. Mad

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Post  eric sanders on Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:30 pm

i belong also to the lucky people tha have seen mr. pitts trees.
and i must say that i admire john for his ceramics and trees.
and above all he's a great guy. Very Happy Very Happy

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Post  Walter Pall on Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:44 pm

John is well known by now all over Europe as outstanding potter. Many have not realized though that he also is an outstanding bonsaiist. It is not the norm that one commands both art forms equally well.

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Post  Stone Monkey on Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:00 pm

John is a true gent of the Bonsai world Very Happy fantastic trees and fantastic pots Very Happy

Looks like you had a great time Fi

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Post  bonsaistud on Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:09 am

Wonderful bonsai and Pots John...and very nicely displayed.

Thank you Fiona for posting...

By the way Fiona...your thread title "...Pottering with Pitt the Potter...", reminds me of "...Mrs. Potts Who Didn't Have a Pitt to Hiss in...".

Pat…mounted on my trusty stead, riding off wildly in all directions…

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Post  john pitt on Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:20 am

]quote]john pitt wrote:
What can I say Fiona, You can be my PR Manager anytime. Excellent news!

There we go - I just charged you consultancy fees for this entire thread.quote]

I'm sorry Fiona, obviously didn't make myself clear, purely voluntary post.(It's in the small print) Laughing

Thanks everyone, pleased you enjoyed the trees.

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Post  fiona on Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:53 pm

john pitt wrote: I'm sorry Fiona, obviously didn't make myself clear, purely voluntary post.(It's in the small print)
I never can read the small print - my arms aren't long enough!

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Post  Rob Addonizio on Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:23 pm

Fiona,

We are blessed in the bonsai world to have potters like John Pitt. He is a great artist. It would be great to see more of him here on the IBC. Very Happy

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Post  Thinktreedanielsan on Thu Jun 10, 2010 12:48 am

I have been to John's a few times now, each visit an absolute joy. I have always found him to be generous, welcoming, down to earth and thankfully free of ego or BS.
My most recent visit was only last month, where we had a morning together ordering 3 pots for next years repotting season. Another good reason for going is to have a look round at his lovely trees, he does make it look easy.
Be in touch soon John about collecting my Scottie
G

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Post  john pitt on Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:58 pm

Rob and Will,
I never seem to have enough time for posting much,
Have to admit I prefer playing with clay and trees to sitting in front of a keyboard,
must try harder, as my school report used to say.

have been to John's a few times now, each visit an absolute joy. I have always found him to be generous, welcoming, down to earth and thankfully free of ego or BS.
My most recent visit was only last month, where we had a morning together ordering 3 pots for next years repotting season. Another good reason for going is to have a look round at his lovely trees, he does make it look easy.
Be in touch soon John about collecting my Scottie

Thanks G,
Scottie is doing very well , you are welcome anytime to check on progress,

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