Saturday, June 18, 2011

National Bonsai and Penjing Exhibition

This past May at the National Arboretum in Washington D.C. was the PBA Regional Bonsai and Penjing exhibition and I am very humbled to have been able to make a pot for one of the participants in the show. The show was the creation of the Potomac Bonsai Association which represents a number of bonsai and related clubs of the greater Washington D.C. area.

Here are just a few of the photos from that event that showcased the talent of the exhibition.

From what I can tell here there was much thought given to the placement of each subject. In bonsai and penjing the negative space between each of the elements being presented is of great importance. I would have loved to have seen it in person...

This was a juried show done by the very esteemed American bonsai master Chase Rosade.
Here is the winner of the competition,a beautiful white pine.  I really love the tension that is created by the proportion and placement of that lower branch. Quite lovely!

I hope someday to see this exhibition in person. There were many great works in the exhibit and each of them warrant your viewing pleasure.

Here is a maple that I have a personal interest in...

A closer look...

I am quite thrilled when one of my pots is seen in a show with such caliber as this one. What is even more satisfying is knowing that this tree received an honorable mention. I am very humbled to have made the pot for this participant. 


  1. Besides pottery and woodworking my full time job is commercial roofing. Occasionally I find very nice sheets of moss growing on the loose debris on roofs. Is there any value to my finds? I will send photos next week of a large area of moss on a roof.

  2. Troy,
    Some types of moss are good for top cover for bonsai like the type pictured. Other types, like spagnum, are used for companion plantings and such. If you do find a lot perhaps you should take some to your nearest bonsai club. No doubt they could find a use for it.


  3. Hi Rob

    Its always worth it when you see a good Bonsai in what you make.

    Keep up the great work

    All the best



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