Demonstration Schedule

World renowned bonsai artists will demonstrate their techniques at the 5th U.S. National Exhibition, adding educational opportunities to the two day event.

All Demonstrations are FREE With paid admission.

Daily admission $20 | Weekend Pass $30 before September 1st

Purchase your tickets now.

Download the Demonstration Schedule.


 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

 

10 am– Suiseki Japanese Viewing Stones – Part 1

by Sean L. Smith, Pennsylvania

The US National Bonsai Exhibition features an invitational suiseki exhibition. Suiseki are small natural rocks which are appreciated for their shapes and suggestive forms rather than their mineral content. International suiseki authority Sean Smith will show and explain what a suiseki is and the qualities which make a fine specimen.

More about Sean Smith

Sean Smith lives in Marysville, Pennsylvania, where he owns and operates Custom Oriental Wood-craft. With a passion for bonsai and suiseki for over 20 years, and an extensive background in carpentry, he took the two, put them together and started his own business in 1994. He makes bonsai display tables, and carves daiza for renowned bonsai and suiseki enthusiasts all over the world. He was the only student of Koji Suzuki, master daiza carver in Japan. Mr. Smith has lectured on suiseki as well as bonsai in the United States and Europe, and is internationally known for his skills in bonsai and suiseki. He is a member of the Nippon Suiseki Association, European Suiseki, and the past president of the Susquehanna Bonsai Club in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has also been a director of the National Bonsai Federation.

11 am– Bonsai Containers- Part 1

by Michael Ryan Bell, Mississippi

Bonsai container authority, Michael Ryan Bell, will discuss the history, classification and identification of Japanese bonsai containers. He will introduce general clues on how to identify quality construction, clay and glazes of bonsai containers from the different areas of Japanese production areas. Questions are welcome from the audience.

More about Michael Ryan Bell

Michael Ryan Bell has been collecting Japanese bonsai pots since 2009, and has an extensive collection. He feels that the famous pot artists and some of the lesser known but great Japanese pot artists could do with more exposure. His goal is to encourage appreciation of the art of bonsai pottery through accurate information, images and history. Mr. Bell realized there truly was a lack of information available on bonsai containers, so he set out to rectify that situation through a “Seal and Signature Database” and website/blog with artist profiles and biographies. His blog is the best place to start to get information about bonsai pots. He is currently working on three books on bonsai pots.

12 pm– Demonstration

by Peter Warren, England

Bonsai artist and author, Peter Warren, travels the world sharing his bonsai knowledge and skills. He will demonstrate some of his techniques for creating a bonsai from common nursery stock available in the United States. Having traveled the world, he is familiar with the difficulties of locating suitable plant material for bonsai and will offer tips on selection. His completed demonstration bonsai will be auctioned at the Award Banquet & Benefit Auction on Saturday evening.

More about Peter Warren

Peter Warren is a bonsai professional from the United Kingdom that trained under Kunio Kobayashi in Japan for over 6 years. Mr. Warren has travelled far and wide teaching and working with bonsai collectors and enthusiasts across the globe on a mission to bring the best of Japanese bonsai to the rest of the world, and his creations are exhibited at the highest level in Japan, the U.S. and Europe. During his time in Japan he was featured regularly on the radio and television and is a well known face in the Japanese bonsai community with strong links to all of the major artists. He is also a published author of a book and articles in various bonsai magazines. Mr. Warren often travels and translates for Minoru Akiyama whom studied with him under Kunio Kobayahsi in Japan.

2 pm– Demonstration

by Enrique Castano, PhD, Mexico

Second generation bonsai artist Enrique Castano lives in southern Mexico where he actively collects, grows and trains tropical species for bonsai. With his formal background in biology, Dr. Castano applies his knowledge to bonsai. As a popular Mexican award winning bonsai artist he specializes in tropical bonsai. He will present a demonstration on a large indoor bonsai species from Florida. His completed demonstration bonsai will be auctioned at the Award Banquet & Benefit Auction on Saturday evening.

More about Enrique Castano

Growing up in a bonsai household, Enrique Castano was introduced to bonsai and the horticultural world at an early age. His love for nature led to his studies in biology, and he subsequently received a PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of Rochester (NY) in 1997. He went on to complete post-doctoral work at Harvard and MCRI in Toronto, Canada. Currently, Mr. Castano is a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute in Merida, Mexico. Besides his research, he is very active in the field of Bonsai establishing the group Bonsai Tropical de Mexico in 2003. Mr. Castano is a frequent speaker and educator at conferences in the U.S., Latin America and Europe, sharing his knowledge to promote bonsai throughout the world. He is the author of the book Botany for Bonsai, the Science Behind the Art and contributes to a variety of magazines on an ongoing basis.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

10 am– Suiseki Japanese Viewing Stones – Part 2

by Sean L. Smith, Pennsylvania

The beauty of suiseki, small natural rocks appreciated for shapes and suggestive forms, will be discussed. International suiseki authority Sean Smith will explain how they are used to express suggestive images in a bonsai display. Suggestions to enhance their appreciation will be demonstrated in both wooden bases and water basins.

Learn more about Sean Smith

Sean Smith lives in Marysville, Pennsylvania, where he owns and operates Custom Oriental Wood-craft. With a passion for bonsai and suiseki for over 20 years, and an extensive background in carpentry, he took the two, put them together and started his own business in 1994. He makes bonsai display tables, and carves daiza for renowned bonsai and suiseki enthusiasts all over the world. He was the only student of Koji Suzuki, master daiza carver in Japan. Mr. Smith has lectured on suiseki as well as bonsai in the United States and Europe, and is internationally known for his skills in bonsai and suiseki. He is a member of the Nippon Suiseki Association, European Suiseki, and the past president of the Susquehanna Bonsai Club in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He has also been a director of the National Bonsai Federation.

11 am– Bonsai Containers- Part 2

by Michael Ryan Bell, Mississippi

Containers are essential for the training and exhibition of bonsai. Michael Ryan Bell, a container authority, will continue his discussion and present suggestions on how to select quality bonsai containers. Chinese bonsai container identification hints will be introduced.

Learn more about Michael Ryan Bell

Michael Ryan Bell has been collecting Japanese bonsai pots since 2009, and has an extensive collection. He feels that the famous pot artists and some of the lesser known but great Japanese pot artists could do with more exposure. His goal is to encourage appreciation of the art of bonsai pottery through accurate information, images and history. Mr. Bell realized there truly was a lack of information available on bonsai containers, so he set out to rectify that situation through a “Seal and Signature Database” and website/blog with artist profiles and biographies. His blog is the best place to start to get information about bonsai pots. He is currently working on three books on bonsai pots.

12 pm– Demonstration

by Tony Tickle, England

In Europe Tony Tickle is a popular and well known bonsai artist especially known for his carving of dead wood. Traveling the world demonstrating his techniques he specializes in hawthorn, yew and pines. As an award winning bonsai artist, Mr. Tickle travels extensively and has organized the first Bonsai Europa Exhibition featuring bonsai from throughout Europe. His demonstration bonsai will be auctioned at the conclusion of his presentation.

Learn more about Tony Tickle

Well known throughout Europe, Mr. Tickle specializes in native European trees, in particular; Hawthorn, Yew and Pine. He is also acclaimed for his carving of dead wood techniques. Mr. Tickle demonstrates at major conferences throughout the UK, Europe and across the globe and is the original organizer of Bonsai Europa, the largest bonsai event to in the UK. He won his first Ginkgo award in 1997, and was the UK winner and runner up in the European New talent competition in 1995. Mr. Tickle has had Bonsai selected for four Gingko awards, Nominated for a Noelanders award in 2009, World Conferences and many European events. He is widely published with a regular column in Bonsai Focus. Mr. Tickle believes that it is important to never stop learning and travels extensively to work with the global bonsai community. Sharing and giving are central to his own teaching methods.

2 pm– Demonstration

by Minoru Akiyama, Japan

Second generation bonsai artist, Minoru Akiyama, is well known in Japan for his distinctive Sargent juniper bonsai creations. They have won numerous top awards as well as with his Satsuki bonsai. During his demonstration on a large bonsai, he will share his skill, knowledge and techniques while refining and improving the design of an established specimen. Peter Warren, who studied along with Mr. Akiyama at Mr. Kunio Kobayashi’s Tokyo Bonsai Museum, will translate. The newly refined bonsai will be auctioned at the conclusion of his demonstration on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm.

Learn more about Minoru Akiyama

Minoru Akiyama is a second generation bonsai professional from Japan that trained under Kunio Kobayashi for six years at Shunka-en bonsai nursery. Using his father’s collected Sargent Juniper, he became the youngest person to ever win the Prime Minister’s award at Sakafu-ten which is the highest award a bonsai professional can win. Mr. Akiyama did not only win this award once, he also won it in 2011. Both times using junipers collected by his father, a renowned collector. He has also won the top prize at Koju-ten, the professional Satsuki Azalea exhibition. When you find Minoru Akiyama in English-speaking countries he is most often accompanied by Peter Warren, who studied along with Mr. Akiyama for several years and translates their presentations.

 

Download Demonstration Schedule.

Purchase your tickets now.

All Demonstrations are FREE With paid admission

Daily admission $20 | Weekend Pass $30 before September 1st

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