Welcome to All in One Bonsai

Bitten by the Bug


Welcome to All in One Bonsai...a blog that aims to remind me of what I have forgotten. Over the years I have been finding out as much as I can about the art of bonsai. I hope the information in this blog will shed some light to the beginning bonsai enthusiast out there.


I saw some bonsai trees at a corner market one night in Taipei and asked the guy if he was willing to teach me how to create these miniature trees. He directed me to a night school where all the instruction was in Chinese. My Chinese ability is very ordinary at the least so although I was learning bits and pieces, I really wasn't getting all I wanted from the course. The best parts were when the teacher would start pruning a beautiful tree or when he showed us how to repot a bonsai. The mystery was still out there but my interest wasn't waning, if anything it fueled my motivation to find out more. And so I did.


Let the adventure begin...


Recently I have discovered the joy of pottery. Bonsai and pottery are close friends so it was only a matter of time before I was introduced to her. Welcome to All in One Bonsai...and pottery.


Feel free to visit my site where you can purchase some of my handmade pottery. Quite a few pieces have been wood fired as it is the prefered method here in Taiwan:

AllinoneCeramics



Thursday, 18 September 2014

Life Under a Bridge

Build it and They Will Come?


Last week Annie and I were lucky enough to be given an opportunity to sell some bonsai and ceramics.  I have always wanted to try and sell some of my bonsai that I have developed over the past 3 years.  It was an interesting experience being on the other side of the table.  It was a nice feeling when someone would stop by and look at something.  I have to say my bonsai were surrounded by far better trees and paled into a lower level.  This was not all that bad because I was still attached to some of these trees.  However, we did manage to give some of the pottery I made to a new home.  All in all we made about $100 AUD dollars over two days sitting under a bridge in 30 degree heat.  The Flower Market in Taipei is the hub for plant and tree buyers.  During the week day the area is a car park under a busy bridge, and during the weekend it transforms into a thriving tree lovers paradise.  You can buy bonsai trees, pots, fish, gardening tools and ceramics just to name a few things.  It's a great place if you like this kind of stuff.  

Friends David and Cassy came by to check in.  It was noted that neither of them didn't buy anything.  Perhaps they were saving the 'good stuff' for others.  David is an All in One Bonsai follower who has supported for many years.
A few trees that needed to be misted every hour or so.  I found myself misting every 15 minutes though - I needed to do something!
The guys next to us were wiring all day long.  They were in their own world - a good world.
Our small bonsai and some wood fired pottery.
Cheers!
Making some adjustments on day 2.
A homemade pot down below and a Chinese imported pot above.  The Chinese characters say 'drunk'. 
The trees next to us had us for dinner.  Too good!
Opposite our table 50 or so locals were taking part in their first bonsai lesson.  They were given a tree, pot, wire, and soil.  Everyone was into it.  No doubt this experience will convert at least some of these locals to the bonsai world for life.
Little demonstrations were given at each table.  
Time to pack up after 2 full on days.  
Not mine but a nice pine waiting patiently.
Some other trees that weren't sold.
These were the last things we threw in the taxi to go home.  Life under the bridge on the weekend is not easy!  In the end we didn't make much money but we did meet some interesting people and experienced what these people that have a regular store at the market every week go through.   The feeling of having someone want what you have created is satisfying.  It's not all about the money right?

Take care out there!