Bonsai & Pottery Exhibit
Saturday, November 12th, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix invites residents to its Second Annual Bonsai Exhibit sponsored by Scottsdale Bonsai Society, Phoenix Bonsai Society and Nakama Bonsai Kai.
The word “Bonsai” is a Japanese term, which translated as “planted in a container.”
This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice, part of which was then redeveloped under the influence of Japanese Zen Buddhism. It has been around for well over a thousand years.
This year we will be joining our Bonsai exhibit with another piece of Japanese artistry, Raku ware is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, most often in the form of chawan tea bowls. It is traditionally characterized by being hand-shaped rather than thrown; fairly porous vessels, which result from low firing temperatures; lead glazes; and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese process,
Not only will beautiful and authentic Arts be displayed by enthusiasts and talented artists, visitors will also learn about the philosophy of Bonsai and Raku and their cultural background, history, making process, how to create, and much more.
Enjoy beautiful Bonsai and Raku arts that embellish the serenity of the strolling Japanese garden in the middle of downtown Phoenix.
Bonsai Hands-on presentation: 10:00 a.m. by Nakama Kai
Raku Demonstration: 11:00- noon by Jon Higuchi
Bonsai Demonstration: 1:30 – 2:30pm by Scottsdale Bonsai Society
This is a unique opportunity to see the process of beautiful creation.
General Garden Admission
$5.00 adults / $4.00 students with ID, military and seniors (+62)
Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
1125 N. 3rd Ave. Phoenix Arizona 85003
602.274.8700 / email@example.com
Higuchi has commissioned works in several prestigious private and corporate collections in the Americas, Japan, Switzerland and Middle East. He’s been honored as an award-winning exhibitor in juried shows and art galleries since 1978.
ceramics. The diverse cultural differences and dramatic contrasts, between ocean and desert environments are those guiding influences modeled in his identity with clay. Higuchi’s classical, elegant wheel thrown forms are created from stoneware or porcelain clay bodies.
Fast forward a few years and Stephen graduated from Texas Tech University's School of Architecture and moved to Phoenix Arizona to pursue his career as an Architect.
Stephen’s work has been described as Asian inspired and he traces many of his influences back to an early exposure to Japanese culture, in particular wood block prints.
When I was the artist in residence at Zion National Park, I became interested in sculpting rock formations. I was fascinated how water and wind created incredible formations in the rock layers in southern Utah. I started creating a series called earth-blocks which are sculpted clay earth sections.
Phoenix Bonsai Society: www.phoenixbonsai.com
Scottsdale Bonsai Society: http://scottsdalebonsai.weebly.com
Nakama Kai: http://scottsdalebonsai.weebly.com