A well-traveled Yamaaki pot

Ryan Bell found this pot on a Japanese auction for my hawthorn.  It is a first generation Yamaaki, Katoaka Akitsugu (1928-1966) with a rare chop, and a unique finish that appears to be sprayed over the clay, and glazed with a thin clear coat.  The effect is of a very worn cream color.

I bought it and and showed my hawthorn in it at the USNBE in Rochester, NY 2014:

The next year, I traded it to Matt Ouwinga in Maryland for the Suishoen on the left:

And he let it fly at auction from the US…the listing cracks me up

Then, 2 years later in 2017, Ryan sent this message from the U.K., where he was speaking at a Bonsai convention.  He found this pot again, sitting under a Larch in England:

3 continents.  Pretty cool, huh?


Ficus Repot…pot picked…

Thanks for playing along.  Here was the count as of yesterday:

Bag-shaped unglazed:  0

Round Sara Rayner:  4

Oribe Koyo:  5

Yellow Chinese:  6

Interestingly, for a while, the Sara Rayner was the early favorite.  Mine too, but ultimately, I went with the vintage Chinese rectangle.  It was the best fit, though not perfect; and I liked the pot color with the new foliage color.  Later, I think I’d go with a wider, shallow oval, but for now, here is the pick:

I let it grow out for a month or so after repotting:

Then gave it a bit of a haircut:

At some point I will reduce the left stub and it will look more like a single-trunk tree with a good-sized left branch.

Happy Independence Day to the US readers!