This is the third time I have received a call from someone related to a former club member who has left behind Bonsai supplies.
The first time, it was pots, stands, and a couple books if I recall. The pot collection did contain a couple Pine Garden Pottery pots; Max Braverman. Look him up if you don’t know him. He’s been gone for a while, but was one of the early American bonsai potters who actually “got it” as it related to the subtleties necessary for making bonsai pots which were usable with bonsai. Those two pots were the haul of the lot, and I kept one, and gifted one to Ryan Bell.
The second time was tragic. He was a friend and club member whom I’d known for years. He died too early. Our club rallied and helped his family sell off his nice collection of trees, pots, and books.
The third time was last week. I don’t tend to answer calls from unknown numbers. Especially from Auburn. But Sarah Kate left a nice voicemail telling me that her great grandmother, “Granny” Margie Brown had been an ABS club member from the ’80s into the early ’00s, and she had a box of pots to donate back to club members. I met her a couple days later and heard stories early club members, about how her Granny had been the club secretary, and was around when the club built the pavilion at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and that she even remained pen-pals with one of the Japanese artists who came to the club to do a demo.
You never know what you’re going to see when you open the box, but I assumed it would be production pots, and maybe there would be a surprise or two in the mix. Here is the reveal.
I took the bin outside and carefully unpacked everything to see what we had.
And a couple surprises…
Fortunately, the nest was abandoned.
The other surprise was this Dutch Clog. Someone will appreciate it, no doubt.
And the collection rinsed down, scrubbed up, and sorted out; plastic pots below:
It’s fun to see some of the surviving old stickers:
Maybe the most unusual is this gray, etched pot: