On June 12, 2015, the National Bonsai Foundation (NBF) hosted the 3rd National Juried Bonsai Container Exhibition opening reception was held in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the U.S. National Arboretum. 366 bonsai pots were submitted by 52 artists; from these, the jury chose 89 containers by 31 different potters for display in the exhibition. The pots are arranged into seven style categories: Round, Oval, Rectangle, Cascade/Semi-Cascade, Shohin, and Accent/Kusamono containers. This exhibition will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum through August 2, 2015.
Two previous container competitions were held in 2001 and 2002. The Bonsai Museum has bonsai and kusamono containers from many well-known potters who participated in the previous competitions. I was given the opportunity to create kusamono using some of these award-winning pots.
Here are images from the exhibition and opening reception, as well as some of my kusamono creations using containers in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum’s collection: