WELCOME

Bonsai is life. It is struggle and beauty.  It is patience and toil. It is an art unlike any other, because it is us — and yet it is forever beyond us.  Welcome to The Artisans Cup, the premier exhibition of American Bonsai.

 01 LIMBER PINE

01 LIMBER PINE

 02 EASTERN WHITE CEDAR

02 EASTERN WHITE CEDAR

 03 SHOHIN COMPOSITION

03 SHOHIN COMPOSITION

 04 ROCKY MOUNTAIN JUNIPER

04 ROCKY MOUNTAIN JUNIPER

 05 CALIFORNIA JUNIPER

05 CALIFORNIA JUNIPER

 06 MOUNTAIN HEMLOCK

06 MOUNTAIN HEMLOCK

 07 JAPANESE WHITE PINE

07 JAPANESE WHITE PINE

 08 SOUTHWESTERN WHITE PINE

08 SOUTHWESTERN WHITE PINE

 09 KOREAN HORNBEAM

09 KOREAN HORNBEAM

 10 POMEGRANATE

10 POMEGRANATE

 CHRIS HORNBECKER

CHRIS HORNBECKER

 11 PONDEROSA PINE

11 PONDEROSA PINE

 12 LARCH

12 LARCH

 
 

THE TREES

A living art. The trees collected here represent the finest examples living today of Bonsai in America. Herein lies the future of this living, changing art form. Enjoy.

 13 KOREAN HORNBEAM

13 KOREAN HORNBEAM

 14 NEEDLE JUNIPER

14 NEEDLE JUNIPER

 15 EUROPEAN BEECH

15 EUROPEAN BEECH

 17 MOUNTAIN HEMLOCK

17 MOUNTAIN HEMLOCK

 18 BUTTONWOOD

18 BUTTONWOOD

 16 PONDEROSA PINE

16 PONDEROSA PINE

 20 SHOHIN COMPOSITION

20 SHOHIN COMPOSITION

 19 CHINESE ELM

19 CHINESE ELM

 21 ROCKY MOUNTAIN JUNIPER

21 ROCKY MOUNTAIN JUNIPER

 CHRIS HORNBECKER

CHRIS HORNBECKER

 22 CHINESE JUNIPER

22 CHINESE JUNIPER

 23 JAPANESE RED PINE

23 JAPANESE RED PINE

 24 VINE MAPLE

24 VINE MAPLE

 
 

A DUET

Bonsai is a conversation between humans and our surroundings. As the artist acts upon the tree, the tree acts upon the artist. Together they grow and change. Together, with the passing of time, they become something altogether new.

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 25 EUROPEAN OLIVE

25 EUROPEAN OLIVE

 26 POMEGRANATE

26 POMEGRANATE

 28 JAPANESE WHITE PINE

28 JAPANESE WHITE PINE

 27 JAPANESE WHITE PINE

27 JAPANESE WHITE PINE

 29 MOUNTAIN HEMLOCK

29 MOUNTAIN HEMLOCK

 30 CALIFORNIA JUNIPER

30 CALIFORNIA JUNIPER

 31 COASTAL REDWOOD

31 COASTAL REDWOOD

 32 ROCKY MOUNTAIN JUNIPER

32 ROCKY MOUNTAIN JUNIPER

 33 SCOTS PINE

33 SCOTS PINE

 34 CHINESE JUNIPER

34 CHINESE JUNIPER

 CHRIS HORNBECKER

CHRIS HORNBECKER

 35 JABOTICABA

35 JABOTICABA

 
 

THE FUTURE

It is our murky view into the unknown that awakens our artistic vision. Because the future is cloudy, we seek it out. The thrill lies in the pursuit. Join us as we explore the future of Bonsai in America.

 36 JAPANESE BLACK PINE

36 JAPANESE BLACK PINE

 37 PROSTRATA JUNIPER

37 PROSTRATA JUNIPER

 38 JAPANESE WHITE PINE

38 JAPANESE WHITE PINE

 39 BIRD’S NEST SPRUCE

39 BIRD’S NEST SPRUCE

 40 JAPANESE MAPLE

40 JAPANESE MAPLE

 41 SIERRA JUNIPER

41 SIERRA JUNIPER

 42 CHINESE JUNIPER

42 CHINESE JUNIPER

 43 JAPANESE BLACK PINE

43 JAPANESE BLACK PINE

 44 JAPANESE BEECH

44 JAPANESE BEECH

 CHRIS HORNBECKER

CHRIS HORNBECKER

 45 JAPANESE YEW

45 JAPANESE YEW

 46 HYDRANGEA

46 HYDRANGEA

 47 BLUE ATLAS CEDAR

47 BLUE ATLAS CEDAR

 48 DOUGLAS FIR

48 DOUGLAS FIR

 
 

ART & SCIENCE

Possessing equal parts technical skill and artistic vision, the Bonsai practitioner must juxtapose the traditional artistic ideals of form against the horticultural needs inherent to caring for a living thing.

 49 BUTTONWOOD

49 BUTTONWOOD

 50 SCOTS PINE

50 SCOTS PINE

 51 HINOKI CYPRESS

51 HINOKI CYPRESS

 52 SIERRA JUNIPER

52 SIERRA JUNIPER

 53 ENGELMANN SPRUCE

53 ENGELMANN SPRUCE

 54 MOUNTAIN HEMLOCK

54 MOUNTAIN HEMLOCK

 56 MOUNTAIN HEMLOCK

56 MOUNTAIN HEMLOCK

 55 MOUNTAIN HEMLOCK

55 MOUNTAIN HEMLOCK

 57 COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE

57 COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE

 CHRIS HORNBECKER

CHRIS HORNBECKER

 58 CALIFORNIA JUNIPER

58 CALIFORNIA JUNIPER

 59 CALIFORNIA JUNIPER

59 CALIFORNIA JUNIPER

 60   CALIFORNIA JUNIPER

60 CALIFORNIA JUNIPER

 
 

TIME-BASED ART

Bonsai exists at the intersection of the temporal and the eternal. Each tree is only ever a snapshot in time as it is ever growing and changing under its own power and the tutelage of the artist. But it is also a symbol of the insistence of life itself.

 61 COASTAL REDWOOD

61 COASTAL REDWOOD

 62 HORNBEAM

62 HORNBEAM

 63 PONDEROSA PINE

63 PONDEROSA PINE

 65 JAPANESE MAPLE

65 JAPANESE MAPLE

 64 CALIFORNIA JUNIPER

64 CALIFORNIA JUNIPER

 66   JAPANESE MAPLE

66 JAPANESE MAPLE

 67 EUROPEAN WHITE BIRCH

67 EUROPEAN WHITE BIRCH

 68 JAPANESE MAPLE

68 JAPANESE MAPLE

 69 BALD CYPRESS

69 BALD CYPRESS

 70 CORK BARK ELM

70 CORK BARK ELM

 71 JAPANESE YEW

71 JAPANESE YEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

71 trees.  11,200 miles travelled.  3,200 attendees.
27 hours of set-up.  60 gallons of coffee.  17 hours live. 
150 sheets of plywood.  12,000 feet of steel.  A full mile of welds.

An art form forever changed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CREATING THE CUP