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John Kirby

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Re: Choosing a pot - Western Juniper
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2011, 12:22 PM »
Adair, that is a pretty masculine pot for a fine bunjin, but I understand where you are coming from. I am posting my Ashe Juniper that was potted for show this year, it is in a "purse" pot, soft lines, rounded corners off of rectangle. Not an Antique, it is a Yamaaki pot from a current catalog.This tree was the February tree selection.  John
 

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Re: Choosing a pot - Western Juniper
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2011, 03:13 PM »
Wow!  Beautiful tree!  And it does wonderfully go with the pot!

I have much to learn.
 

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Re: Choosing a pot - Western Juniper
« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2011, 11:31 PM »
here are more pots that we tried
 

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Re: Choosing a pot - Western Juniper
« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2011, 11:34 PM »
two more. 
i think all of them work.  it is up to the taste of the artists.
 

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Re: Choosing a pot - Western Juniper
« Reply #19 on: October 19, 2011, 08:22 AM »
I always love this exercise. Very nice Boon. John
 

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Re: Choosing a pot - Western Juniper
« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2011, 08:49 AM »
I like the lotus pots myself.  They add the necessary stability and at the same time a sense of gracefulness.  We use them a lot for trees like that at Kouka-en.  I have been extremely fortunate this year to see so many trees repotted after purchase at auctions.  We "flip" a tons of trees by changing pots are restyling; sometimes using the wire already on the tree but usually re-wiring.  Pot and stand selection were two of my greatest weaknesses before coming to Japan.  As Boon mentioned, a new pot can greatly affect the feeling a tree evokes.  Half the battle really.  Bjorn and I have another episode in the Bonsai Art of Japan series coming out soon dealing with the issue of pot selection actually.  Great thread.  I hope to see more as they are really helpful.
 

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Re: Choosing a pot - Western Juniper
« Reply #21 on: October 19, 2011, 03:26 PM »
I like the lotus pots myself.  They add the necessary stability and at the same time a sense of gracefulness.  We use them a lot for trees like that at Kouka-en.  I have been extremely fortunate this year to see so many trees repotted after purchase at auctions.  We "flip" a tons of trees by changing pots are restyling; sometimes using the wire already on the tree but usually re-wiring.  Pot and stand selection were two of my greatest weaknesses before coming to Japan.  As Boon mentioned, a new pot can greatly affect the feeling a tree evokes.  Half the battle really.  Bjorn and I have another episode in the Bonsai Art of Japan series coming out soon dealing with the issue of pot selection actually.  Great thread.  I hope to see more as they are really helpful.

I was addicted to those house flipping shows on TLC and whatnot.  I would LOVE to see a Japanese bonsai flipping show!
 

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Re: Choosing a pot - Western Juniper
« Reply #22 on: October 19, 2011, 06:01 PM »
Ooops, we already released Episode #12.  It is not long but provides a two good examples at the beginning. 
 

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Re: Choosing a pot - Western Juniper
« Reply #23 on: October 20, 2011, 12:49 AM »
I also like the lotus shaped pots for this tree. Very rarely, you will see a nanban square pot. A very rustic, lopsided one would be real cool for this real cool tree. Those are hard to come by here in the USA. If you look at allot of bungin tree pics from Japan and Europe, they are more common. I remember seeing a pic of a Scott's pine bunjin in a square nanban that the left side of the front edge of the pot was about an inch deeper than the right. It worked really good with the movement of the tree. I think it was one of the European potters in the Ginkgo awards set of books you can get from Bonsai focus. (BTW, excellent set of books. worth every penny)
 Ofcource, that tree is nice enough to pass if it was growing out of an old pair of sneakers.
 

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Re: Choosing a pot - Western Juniper
« Reply #24 on: October 20, 2011, 01:44 PM »
Afternoon All,

I am a fan of the 1st antique chinese rectangle. I like the play of the left cloud foot against the trunk curve near the top of the tree.

JRob
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Re: Choosing a pot - Western Juniper
« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2011, 04:56 PM »
Something about the tree with the light gray rectangle made me say, "WOW, that's the one!" but I don't know what that something is. I'd love to hear folks opinions for or against the light gray rectangle, since I'm not sure why I like it so much!

Jason