Welcome to this site on quality, handmade European & Japanese bonsai pots.
Bonsai has interested me for many years. I became properly seduced by pots and bonsai in 2014, and have found both to be very fascinating, although at first, somewhat mystifying.
I very much appreciate all help thats been given to me (credits below) and now I'm building this site of my favourite ceramic artists, including information on them - and various pots from my collection. I only buy pots I believe are great quality, from known ceramists, and that have something special about them.
I intend on sourcing more pots and increasing my knowledge as much as possible, and would love to hear from anyone with this interest.
I can source specific pots, so if anything interests you, please send me a message! Alex@topshelfbonsaipots.co.uk.
I will also consider buying any quality Japanese or European pots, so if you want to sell, or trade any pots, please let me know.
Have you discovered yet?? ...
'The European Bonsai Potter Collective'
With my 'senpai' Harry Harrington, myself, and over 15 of Europe's top bonsai potters; a new, unique and exciting way of learning about and sourcing top quality European bonsai pots has been created;
As well as selling incredible pots online, we will also be trading at Exhibitions.
See us on..
7th & 8th October at BonsaiEuropa 2017, Bury, U.K.
.. and 14 & 15th ) October at European Bonsai-san show 2017, Saulieu, France
.. and Sunday 22nd October at Heathrow Bonsai show 2017, Heathrow, U.K.
To view and buy quality European and Japanese bonsai pots, please visit www.bonsai4me.com/shop.
Bonsai Pot Talks
In 2017, I will be giving various Bonsai Pot Talks at Bonsai clubs and events. If you would like to catch one, I will be at:
Maidstone Bonsai Society - January 9th
Chiltern Bonsai Show - May 28th
S. Africa - June 17th
Surrey Heath Bonsai Club - July 4th
Sweden - August 26th
Please get in touch if you would a Bonsai pot talk for your Bonsai Club, Show or Exhibition. There are a variety of talks available covering various topics that are suitable for everyone, from the complete novice to seasoned enthusiasts.
Learning about both bonsai and their containers has been very challenging, yet enjoyable. I have many people I would like to thank; firstly, my main bonsai teacher, Harry Harrington of Bonsai4me.com. I studied with Harry weekly for a couple of years and continue to whenever possible. He has inspired and taught me so much more than I could thank him for. Another great inspiration is Jose Redondo, who introduced me to my bonsai club, Maidstone Bonsai Society and has also shared much knowledge and friendship with me. I would also like to thank Lee V for all his ongoing tuition and help, and also the great Peter Warren, both of whom have helped me acquire and develop trees in my collection. I've also had the honour of attending workshops with some other great artists such as Ryan Neil and Taiga Urushibata.
From the U.S., I owe a debt of gratitude to both Matthew Ouwinger of Kaede-en bonsai, and Michael Ryan Bell for helping me source many of my containers, and for so much information on the subject, including Ryan's superb blog 'JapaneseBonsaiPots.net'; without which I would no-doubt still be dumbfounded. I would also like to thank Peter Krebs, Dan Barton, Andrew Pearson, and Thor Holvila for all the help and information they have given me.
I must also thank; Shampoo of Sugiuratouen , Yorozuen, Toriumi, and Hiraku for their help in sourcing pots from Japan.
I hope you enjoy the pots, and please pass on the new resource of the European Bonsai Potter Collective.
I have a separate blog on my bonsai hobby. This is at Maibonsai.com.