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JDNeessen

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Bonsai pottery apprenticeship?
« on: August 15, 2013, 10:28 PM »
I was wondering if anyone knew of a potter who takes on apprentices who want to focus on pottery for bonsai.  I'm going to be starting an intensive program next summer for bonsai, but I also started taking pottery about two years ago and have really liked making my own pots for my trees.  Over the next several years, I'm planning on doing a few different intensive programs with different artists around the US.  I'd like to have a couple different instructors who have different points of view.   I'd love to go to Japan for one, but with work I don't know if that will be possible for some time.  I'd also be interested in working with/for someone who is a potter as well as a bonsai artist. 
 

Dan W.

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Re: Bonsai pottery apprenticeship?
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2013, 12:14 AM »
I would start by selecting a potter that you like, and ask if they would be willing to do some intensive study with you.

Who are you starting with for your bonsai intensives?
 

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Re: Bonsai pottery apprenticeship?
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2013, 12:10 AM »
Hi Dan, I was planning on going to Pedro Morales' Tropical Bonsai School at Erik Wigert's nursery in FL next summer.  It's a three year program with an optional fourth year.  I know someone who has done it and he really enjoyed it and learned a lot.  I also took a class with Erik a few years ago and really enjoyed it.  I haven't signed up yet, but I will soon. 

I've also looked at Boon's intensive in California and Ryan Neil's in Oregon.  I'd like to actually do all three over time if I can, but I think I'd like to start with the tropical one first.  If there are others that you (or others) would suggest let me know.  I live in New Mexico, so I know it will have to be something I travel for regardless of where it is. 
 

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Re: Bonsai pottery apprenticeship?
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2013, 01:54 PM »
Hi Dan, I was planning on going to Pedro Morales' Tropical Bonsai School at Erik Wigert's nursery in FL next summer.  It's a three year program with an optional fourth year.  I know someone who has done it and he really enjoyed it and learned a lot.  I also took a class with Erik a few years ago and really enjoyed it.  I haven't signed up yet, but I will soon. 

I've also looked at Boon's intensive in California and Ryan Neil's in Oregon.  I'd like to actually do all three over time if I can, but I think I'd like to start with the tropical one first.  If there are others that you (or others) would suggest let me know.  I live in New Mexico, so I know it will have to be something I travel for regardless of where it is. 

I think you have a good plan here, however I would suggest starting with either Boon or Ryan first.  At Boon's you will get a much broader spectrum of types of trees to work on.  Boon also does solid work with Tropicals and has a greenhouse full of nice tropicals if that's what you would like to learn.  Boon also has a long established and proven method for teaching quality work.  He has helped many artists go to apprentice programs in Japan-Peter Tea, Michael Haggedorn, Matt Reel and Tyler Sherrod.  The Nor Cal or Oregon climate might be more similar to New Mexico as well.   Best of luck to you!
 

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Re: Bonsai pottery apprenticeship?
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2013, 11:46 AM »
Thanks for the input about Boon's course.  I'll look into it. 

Thanks!
 

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Re: Bonsai pottery apprenticeship?
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2013, 09:48 AM »
Boon's it is.  I start in January.   ;D
 

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Re: Re: Bonsai pottery apprenticeship?
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2013, 11:02 AM »
Oh man, I'm so jealous of you west coasters, so much more for bonsai there! All we have here is an insomniac city... once I finish school I'm coming over, I really wanna pursue a higher level of bonsai so baddddd!!! Oh man, pipe dreaming about ancient ponderosa s dancing in my garden. Ugh, back to calc2 :-[

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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2013, 04:00 PM »
Joshua, some of the best bonsai in the country are in Jersey and Philly area have you met Doug Paul or Frank Cucchiara? With MidAtlantic inJersey in April, you havd a great opportunity.
 

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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2013, 11:06 PM »
No, John I have not, but I would love to! This is really my first reach into the world of bonsai, so I was kind of speaking out of place, sorry. I have met one master and spent some time with him and. I will be spending more time with him in spring, and luckily he is trading some manual labor for bonsai gold, which is very kind of him. But it was a nine hour to get to him, so if there are others closer I would kill for an opportunity to work and learn with them. If anyone knows of any opportunities please let me know....

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Re: Bonsai pottery apprenticeship?
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2013, 07:01 AM »
Joshua, when I lived in southern NY! I traveled to Morristown NJ, to the Great Swamp Bonsai Society for meetings on Tuesday evenings. I believe they are just under an hour from you. There were, and I'm sure still are, many helpful members with vast degrees of knowledge there. Go... Join.... Learn
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« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2013, 09:12 AM »
I would also highly recommend:

Colin Lewis who offers intensives at his home. Colin is a cool guy, great teacher and great bonsai artist with many years of experience. Details on his website.

Owen Reich - highly knowledgable, degree in horticulture, managed a commercial nursery and is an apprentice at Mr. Fujikawa's Kouka-en. Great teacher and artist.

I've had the good fortune to take a workshop with Colin and will do his intensives when able (kids, college tuition, etc).

I've taken a two workshops with Owen so far and am scheduled for three more next season. Excellent and can't wait for more.

Both of these gentlemen are very approachable and generous with their knowledge.

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Re: Bonsai pottery apprenticeship?
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2013, 01:32 PM »
Joshua, some of the best bonsai in the country are in Jersey and Philly area have you met Doug Paul or Frank Cucchiara? With MidAtlantic inJersey in April, you havd a great opportunity.

John, did they move MidA back to Jersey again next year?
 

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Re: Bonsai pottery apprenticeship?
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2013, 02:36 PM »
Boon's it is.  I start in January.   ;D

Nice!!!!
 

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« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2013, 11:57 PM »
Dale, yes they did. Hotel in PA was previously booked......
 

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Re: Bonsai pottery apprenticeship?
« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2013, 02:49 PM »
Dale, yes they did. Hotel in PA was previously booked......

No kidding?
Are they going to the one they used for years  in mid-north NJ.  (Hanover? )
I liked that place for vendor in/out ease.
A short jaunt for you huh?