The 13th International Crespi Bonsai & Pot Cup Parabiago, Italy 13-15th September ------ By Graham Simpson, Dragonfly Bonsai Pots
I had the honour of being invited to show my Nanban style pot at this International exhibition, held every two years. Having never been to the nursery, just outside of Milan, I didn’t know what to expect. Crespi Museum opened in 1991- the first permanent bonsai exhibition space in the world. The place is much more than just a nursery, it’s a centre for furthering the appreciation of bonsai culture. Has class rooms and even a lecture hall, purpose built for bonsai. It seemed every area of the large grounds and display areas had been well designed and beautifully cared for. The weekend was headlined by special guests Shinji and Hiroaki Suzuki. The world famous bonsai artists gave demonstrations and workshops all weekend. On the first day I enjoyed 12 hours of bonsai entertainment. I found myself sitting in on a lecture given in Japanese with an Italian translation, thinking I’d just watch the accompanying video. I was surprised when one of the staff handed me an earpiece- with a live English translation. The exhibition itself was the most impressive line up I’ve seen outside of Japan, around 250 trees, 90% of them of European origin! Scot’s pines collected from the Alps were the most numerous. The pot cup consisted of 30 different potters. The competition was split into three categories: antique, modern and handmade. My Nanban pot, made from several types of unglazed clay. Special thanks to Barry Walker for making the stand. The pot cup consisted of 30 different potters. The competition was split into three categories: antique, modern and handmade. I recommend this event to visitors from the UK. A didn’t find language barrier to be a problem and found plenty to keep me interested. I was told by Nobuyuki Kajiwara, head of bonsai university, that I was the only Brit there- more of us need to go see the place. Please visit my Instagram: @dragonflybonsaipots to see what I’m up to.
My Nanban pot, made from several types of unglazed clay. Special thanks to Barry Walker for making the stand.