The pots holding the bonsai at Shinji Suzuki’s garden were often as interesting as the trees. We learned the story of a few of these containers – others we appreciated on our own.
One glazed pot looked like it had been around awhile. There were chips, cracks, mineral deposits and other signs of wear. There was also patina.
Not everyone appreciates pots that show their age, but I like to see signs that a pot has had a life of its own.
Antique glazed pot
Annual Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Mammoth Sale
In other news, this weekend is one of Northern California’s best opportunity to shop for bonsai-related items – the Annual Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt Mammoth Sale.
Saturday features an auction – preview at noon, auction at 1:00 p.m. You can find the catalog online here.
Sunday features plant sales, vendor sales, a demo by Kathy Shaner from 12 – 3, and a club showcase. Do note – if you’re interested in the plant sale, come early as eager enthusiasts start queueing up early.
I’ll be in the vendor area with tools, pots and pumice, among other items – come by and say hi!
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