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Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:35 pm

Bonsai pots exist in many shapes and sizes but the vast majority of them adhere to traditional classic designs started in China. Heck even many of the designs attributed to Japan came from China and are known as "Old Crossing pots." So the question is what modern designs have the current potters devised out there to be creative and innovative. Let's see your avant guard bonsai pots. For purposes of this let's exclude accent plant pots as there are many new shapes in those small pots. I'd like to see pots that have new shapes intended for trees.

I'll start by posting one I made a few years ago.



Ok, post dated, here is a photo of it holding a very funky cedar elm. Believe it or not when a fellow club member gave me this tree 5 or so years ago he was trying to grow this tree as a formal upright. The funkiness of the tree matches the pot. It doesn't have a true front, doesn't fit any of the bonsai rules, and is happy growing where it is. Is a Kokufuten exhibition quality bonsai? is it even a bonsai? It is a tree in a pot.



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Re: Avant Garde Bonsai Pots

Post  AlainK on Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:05 pm

Hey, it seems breaking the rules is becoming the new trend.

Maybe a semi-cascading maze would be nicely shod in this one Very Happy

Joking apart, it is a nice pot per se, but choosing the right pot for a tree is already very difficult sometimes. Here, it will be a real challenge to find a tree that echoes the characteristics of the pot.

What's more, when it is too original, the bonsai becomes an accessory, the pot steals the show. We already often have this kind of discussion with less innovative shapes and colours.

I don't mean to say it's impossible, on the contrary, I'd love to see more innovative containers with trees that make the whole combination beautiful to look at.

This page is not specifically bonsai related, but there are ideas to pick up I'm sure :

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Re: Avant Garde Bonsai Pots

Post  Will Heath on Sat Apr 25, 2009 4:13 am

Good topic idea Rob!

May I suggest that pots are shown with a tree, if possible, I think this would be interesting.




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Re: Avant Garde Bonsai Pots

Post  John Quinn on Sat Apr 25, 2009 1:33 pm

Interesting pot Rob! I have made just a couple of pots some years ago while taking a pottery course...certainly othing avant garde!
I did recall seeing some different designs on this Tokoname site. This might be suitable for a small tree, but, as you say, most of the innovative shapes are much smaller and more likely to accomodate an accent.

http://www.tokoname.or.jp/bonsai/gallery/38y09.htm

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Re: Avant Garde Bonsai Pots

Post  JimLewis on Sat Apr 25, 2009 3:04 pm

A hexagonal pot. Made by a lady potter in Boon, NC. My son gave it to me maybe 10 years ago now. I no longer have her name, but she and her sister have a shop in Boon. She did one or two "bonsai" pots a year.


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Re: Avant Garde Bonsai Pots

Post  Dale Cochoy on Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:47 pm

OK




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Post  Dale Cochoy on Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:11 pm

Last but not least....
Made for a bonsai friend...
Scoop land & water...

"Uncle Scoopy"




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Re: Avant Garde Bonsai Pots

Post  Rob Kempinski on Sun Apr 26, 2009 2:30 am

Dale Cochoy wrote:


That's avant guard - NICE!

Were you on special medication when you made that one lol!

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Re: Avant Garde Bonsai Pots

Post  Morea on Sun Apr 26, 2009 7:54 am

Oke
Enjoy












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