I've been putting off making this announcement for a month now but the time has come. I have stopped vending at any bonsai functions. After doing the MidAtlantic Symposium and the Potomac Show this spring I decided to throw in the towel. MANY things led me to this decision, but, for now I'll just say that I can no longer handle the work involved. It is my intention to no longer load and unload a truck at a show or put up with vending.
At some point this fall I will have a large sale to eliminate all present stock at a terrific discount. Stay tuned for that.
I will still be making bonsai pots with some different marketing ideas. I won't be making all the tiny grass pots and shohin pots anymore . There are PLENTY of folks out there making grass pots. I am going to concentrate on making only pots as large as I possibly can anymore, so production numbers will be down due to kiln space. I'll only make enough small pots to fill around them on the shelves. Almost everything should be in the 14" to 20" sizes. Of course, as usual, I will be taking commissioned pot jobs.
I will be concentrating on selling online, POSSIBLY some on eBay. From now on when I post pots online they will ALL be for sale, no hold-backs for shows. All pots will be shown with dimensions and a price. For sites where I cannot show prices, I will show dimensions and I can be contacted.
Also, I am currently searching for a bonsai business vendor who does a lot of shows and would like to be the sole distributor for my pots. Since I won't have the expenses anymore I can work out a good commission deal! The vendor does need to be close enough that I can deliver them without the shipping costs.
I will still be selling power wood carving tools for bonsai via mail order. I still have the best selection of these tools available in the USA.
As a lot of you know I sold the vast majority of my bonsai collection last fall and I'm finding that I don't miss them! I hope this will work out in a similar way. I no longer enjoyed doing shows so I'm hoping I won't miss them.