I met Vicki Chamberlain at last year’s Artisans Cup in Portland. We talked about all things bonsai for some time and then, just before heading off, Vicki mentioned that she made bonsai containers. I was curious.
Over the following year, I started seeing Vicki’s work – Earthwares – online and at a few Northern California bonsai events. I liked what I saw, and wanted to see more.
Finally, at last month’s Pacific Northwest Bonsai Clubs Association convention in Olympia, I was treated to a great selection of Vicki’s work at the convention’s vendor area.
Blue round pot
I couldn’t resist. I found Vicki’s pots to be quite usable for bonsai and picked up a number of them.
Blue pot from underneath showing VC chop
Vicki’s pots proved popular at the event. I’m really looking forward to seeing them in upcoming shows with beautiful trees inside.
Brown round pot – good for a tall, slender trunk with interesting movement
Light blue oval – the pot’s depth makes it appropriate for deciduous material with a substantial trunk
Creme-colored oval – the curved sides are good for a trunk with some curves in it
Blue round pot – good for semi-cascade bonsai
Vicki’s collection included one of the best selections of accent pots and pots for kusamono that I’ve seen in the U.S. Young Choe has used Vicki’s pots in her workshops – the pots are a great fit for Young’s work.
Round kusamono pot
Rectangular kusamono pot
Now that I have such fun containers to play with, I’m really looking forward to making some kusamono this winter.
Three-sided kusamono tray
Four-sided kusamono tray
Rectangular kusamono trays
Vicki’s work is available directly from Earthwares, from online vendor Kusamono Gardens, and from local vendors Bonsai Northwest in Washington, Garland Nursery in Oregon, and Mendocino Coast Bonsai in California.