Pottery by Sherri Aytche for this “Red Dragon” Maple Bonsai.
A fabulous specimen of Acer palmatum “Red Dragon” came my way a year or so ago, and it now has a container worthy of its delicate and exquisite coloring and profile. A recent creation from Portland ceramic artist Sherri Aytche has given this tree a rich and very unusual presentation. We are exploring together new shapes and configurations for bonsai that diverge from the traditional Japanese inspired geometric forms yet retain formality and refinement in their design elements. This “boat” style has become a personal favorite for giving expansiveness and uplift to my bonsai specimens that enhances the spatial elements of this art form.