Last Call for Kusamono Workshop

Looks like we are all set for a great workshop on Saturday, just trying to gather up the few remaining things needed to ensure everyone walks away with some great looking kusamono. Last item is decent moss for the kokedama which I hope to collect tomorrow morning.

If you want to join us just give me a shout via the contact me tab above.

Kusamono Workshop – 4th June 2016

After the success of last year’s Kusamono workshop I am pleased to announce the first of 2 workshops in 2016. In an effort to further the knowledge and interest in kusamono I’m holding a workshop on Saturday 4th June starting at 1pm in Newtownards.

The session will look at accents in general and specifically kusamono, shitakusa and kokedama (mossballs). We will look at examples of kusamono, how they are displayed and how plantings work when displayed with bonsai.  Participants will be able to select their own plants on the day, indeed the workshop cost of £30 includes 5 plants (to a max value of £25) from a large selection available! Can’t do better that that!! Feel free to bring your own plants to supplement your options and any pots you want to try. I will also have a selection of Magic Ceramic Pots available for anyone keen to add to their collection. One training tray will be supplied as part of the workshop with others available to purchase.

Last year we found participants also swapped and shared plants that were being split during planting, so you might go home with more than you bargained for.

The workshop open to all, tea and coffee available all afternoon, sign up via bonsaieejit@gmail.com  for a fun informal session and walk away on the day with your own special creations.

Here are some photos from last years workshop.

The mucky hands part of the session.

An example of the kusamono created on the day.

Mossballs kokedama created on the day.

All the final pieces.

Magic Ceramics available to buy

The Results

A great Accent session yesterday, probably one of the most enjoyable sessions I’ve ever had in my garage come workshop, and there’s been many! A worthwhile endeavour I think with great feedback from the participants. After a learning session combining powerpoint and a selection of accents and plants, the guys got stuck into to creating their own kusamono, shitakusa and kokedama. Great to see them using what they had learned to select plants and then create their own pieces.

Here are some photos of the day and of the planting they produced. Kusamono are just in basic training pots for now.

Kusamono & Accent Workshop

In an effort to further the knowledge and interest in kusamono I’m holding a workshop on Saturday 29th August starting at 1pm.

The session will look at accents in general and specifically kusamono, shitakusa and kokedama (mossballs). We will look at examples of kusamono, how they are displayed and how plantings work when displayed with bonsai.  Participants will be able to select their own plants on the day, indeed the workshop cost of £25 includes 4 plants (to a max value of £20) from a large selection available! Can’t do better that that!! Feel free to bring your own plants to supplement your options and any pots you want to try. I will also have a selection of Magic Ceramic Pots available for anyone keen to add to their collection.

Workshop open to all, tea and coffee available all afternoon, sign up via bonsaieejit@gmail.com  for a fun informal session and walk away on the day with your own special creation.

 

 

Some of the plantings on display

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Shitakusa: Hosta ‘Surprised by Joy’

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Kusamono created at recent demo at Greenmount.

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Kusamono created Spring 2015

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A small selection of the plants available at the workshop, selected for their suitability for this type of planting and in most cases hard to find at run of the mill garden centres.

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Kokedama: Mossballs

I’ve been admiring the work of others in the last few years in the creation of kokedama or commonly known as mossballs. This year I decided to give them a go for myself. There seems to be a multitude of ways to create them so I tried a few different ideas but the best way I can find it to use fine bonsai wire to hold them together. Here’s a few of mine. Again early days as they’ll take a while to fill out but I’m happy so far.

 Iris Gracilipes

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Epimedium and unknown x 2

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Japanese Forest Grass, creeping mint and unknown.

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