Thursday, November 8, 2012

Back from Bonsai Academy in Croatia

 Marija and Andrija from Kastela near spit in Croatia are known by now pretty well in the European bonsai scene. Five years ago they have started to work whit me in the International Bonsai Academy. After two acceptances for Noelanders Trophy and one acceptance for Bonsai Autumn they had their coming out as bonsai artists. At Bonsai Autumn they even won a Dragon award plus an award of the Bonsaimuseum Dusseldorf for the most natural looking tree in the exhibit. As a consequence they were invited to have a special exhibit in the museum for six weeks in the museum and provide eight or more trees. Last year it was difficult to come up with that number of presentable trees. But now they are ready. Over the past weekend we have worked hard to select twelve trees and get them in shape. One has to consider that these tree were only collected from six months ago to five years ago. Therefore some are still in early development stage, while already presentable somehow.
Anyway, I'm very happy with my students and wish them god luck.

See how these trees were prepared and how we worked on many other trees over four days.