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John Kirby

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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #60 on: October 25, 2011, 01:02 PM »
Maybe on the pot selection thing, I would suggest that we call this display (Black Creek)  Hakosai (box planting) instead of Bonsai (tray planting), a nontraditional name for a nontraditional display. They are very nice trees, but I really miss the pots.


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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #61 on: October 25, 2011, 01:25 PM »
When I spoke w/ John and Ken, one of them (I think it was John) pointed out that this technically wasn't "bonsai" ...though they didn't offer any names for what it was.


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Re: Carolina Bonsai Expo 2011
« Reply #62 on: October 25, 2011, 01:49 PM »
"Caveat: Pot selection/pairing is a weakness of mine.  I wonder if I felt more adept in this, would I miss the pots as much as some others"

I liked the Black Creek display (that I only saw in the photos--didn't make it to the show, alas), BUT couldn't help but feel a bit cheated on the lack of pots, too. Bonsai is, after all, greatly dependent on its container. The "containers" here are not really containers, but structural elements, which, as pointed out, makes the display really something else other than "bonsai" per se.

Looking in more detail at the details  ;D of the display, I get more of a feeling of "miniature landscape" art than bonsai. The BC looks more like a diorama of a swamp in a natural history museum exhibit than a bonsai display. That sounds bad and I don't mean it that way  :-[.

The display was obviously put together by people who love the subject material, the swamp and nature.

IMO, pots are almost 50 percent of bonsai. Removing them completely removes a significant part of what bonsai is...but,hey, I collect bonsai pots, so I'm pretty biased  ;D.