Thanks to all who attended this past weekend’s Bay Island Bonsai exhibit. It was a fun event and I’ll have plenty to share about starting this Friday. Today I wanted to revisit last week’s pot selection exercise. I really appreciate all of the suggestions and wanted to respond before getting to the rest of the exhibit.
First of all, here’s the tree with the selected pot as displayed at the exhibit.
Japanese black pine as displayed at the 2016 Bay Island Bonsai exhibit
The pot – #4b from the last post – is by Reiho. I don’t think it was a perfect fit, and there were several other options that could have worked as well.
Not, however, the first one. I think the style is close but that the size, and particularly the depth, is too large.
Pot 1 – scalloped sides
Pot 2 may have been a good option – I really like the age it conveyed – but I would have needed to remove more roots than I wanted as the pot is fairly narrow at the base.
Pot 2 – Chinese antique
The third pot is an OK fit style-wise but was a bit shallow and a bit wide.
Pot 3 – nanban style
I selected the Reiho for the show but decided against using the side with the spot. Were the tree and pot older I might have used this side.
Pot 4a – Reiho
The pot was a bit on the shallow side, and I didn’t like that the rootball was as raised up as high as it was. Ideally the rootbase would be shallower making it a better fit for the tree. In time I expect I’ll be able to reduce the rootball, but that will take some time.
Pot 4b – same pot from the other side
The drum pot was too big. The style may be a bit strong for the tree, but I’d think it would be fun to see the tree in a similar pot that’s the right size.
Pot 5 – drum pot
The size was fairly close on the shallow dish. If I had made a large mound to accommodate the rootball it may have worked well. On the aesthetic side, I wanted to go with a slightly more substantial pot. The thin pot walls and tapered sides made for a more delicate look. I’d like to try this pot again in the future.
Pot 6 – shallow dish
Pot #7 was a good match but is a bit small for the tree.
Pot 7 – nanban
Pot #8 was the crowd favorite. I too thought it was a good fit, and it was my second choice. It was, however, a bit wide and a little prettier than I was looking for. Depending on how the branches look when the tree is further along in its development, it could be a good fit.
Pot 8 – flower-shaped pot
I found the square pot to be too large and a bit on the plain side. A smaller and slightly shallower version might work better.
Pot 9 – square pot
I included the Bunzan pot for fun. It’s a bit small and not exactly what people expect for black pines.
Pot 10 – Bunzan
The last pot might have worked were it a lot smaller. I really like the pot but not necessarily for this tree.
Pot 11 – square pot
I’ll keep looking for alternatives throughout the year and will be sure to share good examples I find along the way. Thanks again for the suggestions!
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