News and Happenings

February | Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Mammoth Auction & Sale

If you find yourself at the Annual Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Mammoth Auction & Sale this year, please stop by Bob Shimon’s ( Mendocino Coast Bonsai) and check out his selection of my bonsai pots.  Bob picked up a new batch recently so you’ll have a some new work to view. DATE: Sunday, 19, 2017 LOCATION: Lakeside Garden Center in Oakland, CA. Event... read more

March 23 – 25 | Pacific Bonsai Museum Kusamono Workshop with Young Choe

Young Choe will be holding a kusamono workshop at the Pacific Bonsai Museum, March 23-25.  If you are intrigued by the art of kusamono Young is the foremost expert in this art form. I’ll be delivering the containers for this workshop to the museum in early March. DATES: March 23 – 25 LOCATION: Pacific Bonsai Museum – Federal Way, WA Click here for a complete listing of Young’s 2017... read more

April 8 – Oct. 8 | Natives at the Pacific Bonsai Museum

  If you are in the Seattle area this summer please be sure and stop by the Pacific Bonsai Museum for their upcoming show Natives which celebrates the diversity of North American trees and the unique terrains that shape them. I have the honor of providing the 14 kusamono/accent containers for Young Choe, for use in creating the accent pieces for this exhibition. Fourteen American landscapes, painted by contemporary artist Iuna Tinta, will serve as the artistic representation of a bonsai’s indigenous ecosystem. Trees from bonsai artists, David De Groot, Scott Elser, Michael Hagedorn, Randy Knight, Ryan Neil, & Dan Robinson, all who champion the use of native plants will be showcased alongside the Museum’s own native bonsai to create the largest public exhibition of native American bonsai. Exhibit information from the Pacific Bonsai... read more

Kusamono now online at

You can now order my kusamono pots online through Kusamono Gardens.  A new online store that specializes in rare and unusual plants, often found in the art of Kusamono.  A new shipment is on it’s way so check the website in early Dec. for a new batch of pots including kusamono, accent and mame containers, and kokedama trays.  ... read more

Bonsai Tonight Article

A short blog post by Jonas Dupuich of Bonsai Tonight about our visit at the NW Regional Bonsai Exhibition. Many thanks to Jonas for taking the time and interest to critique the containers shapes and glazes. Blog... read more

Chamberlain bonsai pots now at Bonsai Northwest

Just returned home from the 2016 PNBCA Bonsai Convention in Olympia.  The highlight for me was meeting so many people, and the wonderful conversations that ensued.  Sharing a deep respect for the living art of bonsai with so many others was beyond rewarding. I learned so much. Especially enjoyed the one workshop I abandoned my booth for – Josef Addis’ lecture on antique Chinese and Japanese pots. I have to thank Josef Addis and Jonas Dupuich for taking the time to critique my pots. They both offered invaluable advice and I am honored they even took an interest. I look forward to incorporating their advice in my future work. Also met John Muth of Bonsai Northwest – one of the largest public bonsai nurseries in the northwest.  At the end of the show John took a selection of my pots to sell at his incredible nursery. So you can now find my pots in the Seattle area at Bonsai Northwest.  My hope in the future is to trade John pots for some nice pre-bonsai stock! I have come home renewed and ready to experiment with new shapes and finishes in our new Olsen kiln. I’ll be concentrating on pots for conifers and experimenting with engobes, oxides, and unglazed finishes.... read more

Jan. 28-29 | Bay Island Bonsai Exhibit

The Bay Island Bonsai Exhibit is one of Northern California’s best club shows. Well worth the drive to the bay area.  If you are looking for pots please stop by Bob Shimon’s booth (Mendocino Coast Bonsai). He has a selection of my newest work. DATES: January 28 – 29 HOURS:  10 a.m.-4 p.m. LOCATION: Lakeside Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland CA Auction on Saturday, preview at noon and auction at 1 PM Guided tours of the exhibit both Saturday and Sunday. Vendor and club sales both days. Event... read more

Latest containers!

Just finished a series of containers for Bob Shimon, of Mendocino Coast Bonsai. Bob was passing by on I-5 on his way up to two redwood workshops he will be leading in Seattle and Portland.  Bob will also be presenting at the Puget Sound and Portland monthly club meetings while he is touring the northwest. People taking his workshops and attending the club meetings will be able view the new work first hand at Bob’s vendor table. Those living in California will also be able to view my work at the August 20 – 21, Redwood Empire Bonsai Society (REBS) Show in Santa Rosa.   View the newest... read more

Oct. 26-30 | GSBF Convention

Please stop by Mendocino Coast Bonsai in the vendor area of the 39th Annual Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention in Sacramento to view my work. Dates: October 26 – 30, 2016 Location: The Double Tree Hotel by Hilton, Sacramento Convention details... read more

Oct. 1| BSOP Fall Show

Hope to see you at the Oct. Bonsai Society of Portland 3rd Annual Bonsia Exhibit. This is a great annual event where all members have the opportunity to show their favorite bonsai and purchase from each others collections. I enjoy this event because I get to spend the day with BSOP members.   This event is open to the public so it’s a great time to see some of the best of the best from local club member’s collections. I’ll have a table there, hope you stop by! Location: Milwaukie Center 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive Milwaukie OR Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Here is a glimpse of some of the wares you’ll be seeing at my booth: See more larger images here. See more larger images... read more

New work

Tour my latest work: new clays, glazes and shapes.

Bonsai container gallery

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Kusamono gallery

A selection of Kusamono containers for all seasons.

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