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Sansui, birds and beasts

Reijaku from Taiwan, is the artist who knows all about Japan’s favourite paintings and creates beauty with her own work. In recent years, the popularity of painted pots has increased. In January 2010, a Taiwanese artist won the painting section of the Contemporary Small Pot Artists Exhibition with a beautiful…...


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Queen of The Emperor

Marija Hajdic’s passion for bonsai Marija Hajdic impressed both audience and jury at the Trophy 2019 show in Belgium with her majestic hornbeam (Carpinus orientalis), which she calls The Emperor. She works only with trees found locally in the fields where she also finds inspiration. What was your professional education?…...


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The Kokufu Lady

The bonsai passion of Cindy Verstraeten As one of the lucky few, Cindy Verstraeten managed to get her bonsai (Pinus densiflora) exhibited at the famous Kokufu-ten. Reason enough to ask this bonsai-impassioned woman how it all began. What brought you into bonsai? When we created a new koi pond in…...


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Made together

Made Bonsai Pots – artistic team-work Manon Jamin and partner Edwin Koppers live a life filled by bonsai. Manon makes pottery and Edwin, besides the bonsai, draws the pot designs. How did you get into bonsai ceramics? I worked freelance for years in graphic and spatial design and actually had…...


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The Quebecan pearl

The story of Linda’s favourite bonsai from the wild – both good and sad. Living in the Canadian city of Laval, Quebec, Linda Chicoine often goes on hiking tours to see if there is a good tree waiting to be discovered. This is my story about the transformation of a…...


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Native species are cool

The AABC 2019 convention, the very first major event of its kind, focused entirely on Australian native species. The trees on display did not disappoint. Native trees of all shapes, species and sizes were there, the level and quality of which had risen exponentially. There was much discussion about why…...


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Quite unlike a fairy tale

Hornbeam is an exciting tree for bonsai. Marija Hajdic: ‘About ten years ago, oriental hornbeam was an unknown species of bonsai. Here, I present the development of one of the best of its kind, a very imposing hornbeam called ‘The Emperor’. Quite unlike Andersen’s fairy tale, the Emperor here, has…...


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Bonsai Namaste

Three women from India began dreaming about a huge bonsai event with more than 1000 bonsai on display. This dream started more than 8 years ago. February 22-26 2018 it was finally realized. After much planning and having selected bonsai artists brought over to India in the time up to…...


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Women and Bonsai

Over the last few years the discussion as to why there are ‘so few women in bonsai’ has spasmodically raised its head and a recent well-intentioned thread on social media went as far as to ask for suggestions as to how the perceived lack could be remedied. If you are…...


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The Bonsai Ballerina

Jennifer Price discovered bonsai 8 years ago after retiring as a professional ballerina. She had the opportunity to study with long-time friend and teacher, Jim Doyle and, through Jim’s influence, went to work with artists including Mauro Stemberger, Chase Rosade, Larry Jackel, Peter Warren and Walter Pall. What was your…...


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