Pots Used for Shohin and Mame Trees



Pots utilized for Shohin and Mame are an investigation in themselves. Wonderful pots are presently being made in the West for Shohin and Mame, particularly with the expanded intrigue appeared in this assortment of bonsai since the new thousand years.

The Japanese have additionally built up a more noteworthy enthusiasm for Shohin, bringing about the production of a more extensive assortment of pots. Pots in all value ranges are accessible from bonsai stores or the Internet.

Japanese bonsai pots in their current structure have been delivered since the early Showa period (approx. 1920-1935). Tokoname, Yokkaichi, Seto, and Shigaraki are the most well known territories for pot creation in Japan. Pots come in every extraordinary size and shapes. Sizes going from under 5 cm/2 creeps to around 25 cm/10 inches will work for generally Mini, Mame, and Shohin-bonsai.

Extraordinary pots

A superb variety of one of a kind hrnce is presently accessible, from Japan, yet in addition from Europe and the US. In some Western nations, exceptionally top notch pots are showing up, in light of both Japanese and nearby conventions. Throughout the years some fine bonsai pots have discovered their trees, and are increasing the exclusive requirements of Western bonsai, despite the fact that the custom is as yet youthful contrasted with Asian nations.

Shohin and mame pots by John Pitt

One of my preferred Western potters is John Pitt, who lives in Derbyshire, England. The pots created by John fit my own taste and stylish view of bonsai pots. On account of his dad’s impact, John got inspired by bonsai in 1994, and before long built up an energy for novel carefully assembled pots.

Notwithstanding bigger pots, John has additionally built up a scope of delightful Shohin pots. By utilizing various muds, different metal oxides and coating plans, or a blend, John makes completes that are very individual and now and again difficult to rehash! Pitt says that “a portion of the oxide completes I use are ‘once terminated’, (the oxide and dirt wire together and this permits mixes to be mixed on the outside of the pot itself), while different completions require the pot to be bisque-terminated first, and still others require three firings.


This assortment of pots and potters makes it conceivable to be much increasingly imaginative in the presentation of Shohin and Mame-bonsai. Abstain from blending styles that are obviously extraordinary in a similar presentation, as this takes away from the magnificence and agreement. The pots picked must function admirably together and not upset the perspective on the showcase, yet mix in amicably.

What the pot never really picture

A decent tree needs to rest in a decent pot. Similarly as a low quality edge can diminish the estimation of a lovely artwork, so a conventional or inexpensively made pot will bring down the nature of the tree.

Remember what the reason for a pot is while picking one for your tree. I have spent numerous hours examining trees at presentations, in magazines, and so on., so as to become familiar with the insider facts of a pot’s visual and stylish impacts. All things being equal, I despite everything have questions and doubts while scanning for precisely the correct pots for my trees, in light of the fact that such huge numbers of tasteful contemplations settle on the decision troublesome.

A pot’s chief visual capacity is to outline the tree and underline the inclination that the tree communicates. As the word bonsai, tree-in-pot, depicts, the pot is completely part of the bonsai. The bonsai pot isn’t only a fundamental holder for roots and soil, however part of an aesthetic relationship with the tree it bolsters.

General guidelines

Here are some broad focuses to remember when choosing pots for Shohin-bonsai:

Wide and shallow pots keep the consideration more on the planting itself.

Tall pots with slender openings are appropriate for semi course style plantings, which are frequently utilized as the Fukuboku in a conventional Shohin show.

As a general guideline, the pot ought to be around 50-75% of the width of the shelter. Recall that the volume of blossoming examples grows significantly when the blossoms are completely evolved. In this way, the pot ought to be chosen to fit the tree when displayed with blossoms.

Pick a pot with a profundity that is roughly equivalent to the width of the base of the storage compartment.

The littler the tree is, the less the standards should be followed.

Continuously remember that rules are for instructive purposes as it were. Severe recognition of rules is rarely required, yet they are in every case great to remember. The standards are, obviously, increasingly proper for presentation purposes.

Finishing the image

An increasingly creative way to deal with the importance of the holder is the translation of the pot’s structure. An oval compartment proposes that the tree is living in a level field. This can be differed by chiseling the outside of the earth and the greenery or emphasize plantings. In the event that the edge of the pot is somewhat bowed outwards, it is stating that the tree is living in a more extensive open field. Interestingly, a thicker round edge, that shuts the pot straight upwards, will propose environmental factors that are progressively serene.

Another impact of the pot structure is the manner in which the eye is directed to a point of convergence on the bonsai. Lines that twist outwards lead the eye away from the center of the tree and the storage compartment, so the center is at the top or outward piece of the tree, prompting the shelter. Straight pots that have edges without an outward pointing edge drag consideration regarding the storage compartment and inward pieces of the tree, and are helpful for pointing out sensational deadwood on the storage compartment.

The littler the pot’s establishment size, the less solid it is. An observable decrease of optical weight is accomplished by utilizing adjusted and shut upper pot lines. Exceptionally open shapes acknowledge more substance and become to some degree lighter with the end. It is consequently better to put a bonsai with a light dainty trunk in a pot that is deep down adjusted fit as a fiddle.

The edge and legs

The pot is finished by the legs whereupon it rests. Heavier trees require heavier pots and straightforward shaped legs. A light and exquisite bonsai takes into consideration the chance of all the more intricately framed legs. Through the pretty much modern look, they may help the general work creation, supporting the class of the tree. The specific judgment must be made by remembering creative contemplations and tasteful contemplations, and feeling the picture as a component of the judgment.

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