Welcome to All in One Bonsa

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:

Esty Shop: AllinoneCeramics

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Just Around the Corner

A Nice Surprise

One of the best things about living in Taiwan is the opportunity to see something different or new just around the corner from where you live.  There are 23 million people living in Taiwan so new shops selling all sorts of items that you 'must have' are scattered walking distance throughout the city.  There are coffee shops that seem to pop up in lane ways, and there are little stores that sells specialized pieces like boxes ranging from the size of your thumb to the size of your bed.  It is the land of convenience! 

As Annie and I were enjoying a Saturday scooter ride around our neighbourhood, we turned a corner to escape a busy road and BANG, we found some old bonsai pots being sold by a friendly Taiwanese man in front of his apartment.  

He sold me 9 pots for the equivalent of $3 Australian dollars each.  Thank you very much.  I will put them to good use!  

We bought some smaller pots and a few larger ones. The cargo was going to be a touch challenging bringing back to our apartment on our scooter.  Our man here whistled over to a friend of his across the street and asked him to drive his taxi loaded with our pots back home.  All for free of course!  We politely declined the offer as we were only 3 minutes away.  The Taiwanese heart is big.  

Getting down for a closer look.  I spy some old bonsai pot down there!
He tells me this one is an antique pot.  
This one was my favorite.  A Chinese poem painted on the outside.

I would love to know the history behind these pots.

A concrete pot with a dragon carved on the outside.

A hexagonal mustard coloured pot.  A bamboo planting would look good in here.
As we were driving away our new friend yells out, "Come back and visit if you have any free time!"  
Amazing Taiwan!

1 comment:

  1. What a great score! All those pots look really interesting and different. By the look of the paintings near his pot display, I think old mate had a better eye for unique pots though....