Bonsai in the andes: giving the first steps (pots, rocks, stones and slabs)

Friends my name is Juan Pablo, I’m starting in this fantastic world of bonsai. At the moment I am doing yamadori in the Andes, looking for inspiration in local species and landscapes of my region. I am also collecting rocks and stone slabs, making pots with local indigenous potters in order to plant my trees in the future. Greetings to all. These are some pictures of the pots and slab.!I await your opinions.



That’s some cool stuff. How would someone contact you if they wanted something?

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Awsome start! Nice pots and slabs!

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I work with the local resources that we have at our disposal in Ecuador. This is my email:

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Thank you, I work with indigenous potters. :slight_smile:

Pot for bonsai and kusamono inspired by the inka culture.



I really like those pots. Keep us updated when you are choosing trees for them, it’ll be interesting to see the combinations you get.
It’s only recently I’ve come to appreciate pots properly as part of the overall design. To the point where i’ve now signed up for pottery classes…so i’ve got even more control over the final composition…It’ll take a while…but then it’ll take a while to get my trees to speed too.

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Thanks, I will keep you informed. In my region, the transplant period begins in October.

This pot simulates being a rock.


Ah nice.
Will you have trouble repotting from it, though, as the sides of the container slope inwards?

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Were they oxides applied to the clay to give that effect?

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Yes, the clay was mixed before modeling the iron oxide, it is a clay colored with iron oxide. You’re right. It can complicate the transplant. However, it is not impossible :slight_smile:

Great looking stuff. Keep up the good work.

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Thank you, we have new natural and other gress slabs.

I was genuinely inspired by this thread, and by how ceramics could be used to have complete control over tone and design of the tree presentation… so I joined a pottery class about 9 months ago and have been churning out a few pots with specific trees in mind and with specific influences from my own environment.

The first few i made were very basic, and i found that trying to use clay slabs to made traditional designs was extremely difficult, and it would actually be more cost effective to buy in a professional pot.

For more custom designs though I had loads of fun.
when I was walking on the beach close to my home, I saw some interesting mud cliff formations which had cracks and rivelets from erosion:

So i tried to recreate this in a clay pot, with a needle juniper which sort of reminded me of the scots pine growing ontop of the cliff:

I had another simliar juniper which i had styled as extremely windswept, so i wanted to design a pot which reflected this… i took the windswept theme a bit too literally :grin:

I wanted to get the effect of a slightly stylised cloud, to illustrate the same kind of force and direction of the wind as the tree had experienced.

I also tried my hand at a fairly simple flat walled oval, which was difficult but doesnt loook too bad.

I’ve also got a yew, which is far from being potted properly, but i wanted to make a pot specific for that. In england yews are commonly found in old churchyards, and i liked the idea of trying to reference this, again fairly literally, in a pot. So I came up with the idea of a dry stone wall carved from clay:

I havent potted the tree yet, but looking forward to seeing the final result.

Sorry about the pot-spam, but it was directly influenced by this thread so thought you’d like to know.

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The link of the first pot didnt work :smiley:

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Very cool! Thanks for sharing. I have recently found a pottery class that I am going to attend in 3 weeks with the same ideas in mind. I love the idea of having something on the bench that is my creation from top to bottom.

Hope you enjoy it as much as i did. As most of my trees arent really of traditional style it was nice to be able to do something a bit different. The cloud one was particularly good fun :grinning: