I recently added a new bonsai pot to my collection, a Keizan (I think) – Tokoname ware that might be 60 years old (Akio Kondo’s estimate).
What do I look for when shopping for bonsai pots? The same characteristics that I look for in trees – age, character and beauty. I try to limit my shopping to pots that I can use for trees I already own, but as is the case for so many collectable pursuits, I often buy pots for which I don’t have a timely need.
Of course I hope to have the need at some point – I think the pot would be great for a strong, medium-sized juniper.
Keizan – 13.5″l x 10″w x 5.5″h
I’d forgotten whether Akio said “Keizan” or “Seizan” when I purchased the pot, but I was able to find the chop on Ryan Bell’s excellent “Chop, Seal and Signature” page at his Japanese Bonsai Pots Blog – my go-to resource for all things bonsai pot related. (Thanks Ryan!)