Andy Pearson at Stone Monkey Ceramics, is the first potter to be featured in my ‘Bonsai Potter Showcase”. I will featured a new potter once a month here on my blog, other potters that have been ‘interviewed’ to date are: Dan Barton and David Jones of Walsall Ceramics.
I have known Andy since his early days working in ceramics and I am fortunate to have some of his early work… including his first foray into Raku. Over the years Andy has developed a keen eye for detail, his work being very much in demand by the Shohin specialist. A great artist and I advise you to buy now as The Monkeys work will be collectable pieces in the future, as has been demonstrated with Andy’s annual ‘Collector’s Edition’ pots. Limited Edition or ‘one off’ pots that have shaken up the bonsai world with their finesse and beauty.
The Swindon Winter Image Bonsai Show 2012 has fast become a high point in the UK bonsai calendar. 2012 will go down as a milestone in UK bonsai excellence as the quality of display, excellence of trees and enthusiasm of the host club was truly superb. AND it was busy, I do not know the actually numbers through the door but there were a LOT of people at the show… it was also a great meet up of may of ‘the guys’ (and girls) from the UK Bonsai Scene… definitely THE place to be.
I had a speaking slot where I described the evolution of my Large Escallonia, John Armitage did a Shohin critique workshop and Ritta Cooper waxed lyrical about creating Kusamono and Shitakusa.
I was particularly pleased to have a compliment from Nobu Kaiwara about my cascade Prunus Spinosa, he considered it his favourite tree in the show, in particular its ‘natural’ styling and aged character… nice 🙂
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Over 100 trees were display in all their winter glory and 11 prizes handed out at the end of the event.
- Best Shohin display was by Mark & Ritta Cooper
- Best Mame display was by Bob Bailey
- Best Conifer was the Chinese Juniper that was owned by Martin Shepherd
- Best Deciduous tree was the Trident Maple by Mark Cooper
- Best Chuhin was the Elm of Will Baddeley
- Best Visiting Society was the Artistic Bonsai Circle
- Best Accent sponsored by John Trott was by Ian Warhurst from Wirral Bonsai Society
- Best in Show was the Trident Maple of Mark Cooper
- Best Tree/Pot combination was the Pyracantha by Mark Cooper
- Best individual Shohin award from the British Shohin Association went to Paul Hunt of Swindon & District Bonsai Society
- Special Merit award was given to Wirral Bonsai Society
For a photo record of the winners take a look at Swindon & District Bonsai Blog