October is turning into a very busy bonsai month; shows, rendezvous, swap meets, sales and expo’s. If you’re new to bonsai you have the opportunity to buy wonderful pre bonsai material or fine finished trees. The bonsai shows and expo’s will display some of the finest trees in California as well as trees from neighboring states. If you get the chance to visit the Pacific Bonsai Expo in Alameda on Nov 12/13, you will have 70+ of the finest judged trees on display. The vendors will provide some of the top bonsai professionals and the products that they provide to the community.

If you’re interested in continuing your bonsai education Julian Tsai has started some bonsai study groups, and they meet twice a month at various locations; San Diego, San Fernando Valley, Yamaguchi Bonsai Nursery. If you’re interested, give Julian a call or you can contact me for more information.

October Meeting – 10/21/2022

This month’s demonstration is provided by one of our own members Gabe Gonzales. In this unique pottery demonstration Gabriel will show participants techniques on how to create a small pinched bonsai crescent pot from clay to greenware (pre fire) and how to apply different textures. Next, 4-5 volunteers will be selected and Gabriel will assist them in making their own crescent pots.  He will then take each piece to the studio to have them fired and will bring them back to the club once complete. Get to the meeting early and you can be a selected member to be a part of the nights demonstration.

Gabriel Gonzalez has been practicing bonsai and ceramics for 11 years. He is a bonsai student of Gary Ishii at Chikugo-en in Gardena, CA and a ceramics student of Kathy Boehme in Covina. His love of bonsai originates from the peace it brings as well as the connection to art and nature. In his ceramics art he is inspired by nature, Japanese pottery and is also influenced by his indigenous ancestry which can be seen in his flutes, bonsai pots and other creations.

Coming events

Yamato Bonsai Kai 51st Annual Bonsai Exhibition, Oct 22/23, Union City CA

Fresno Bonsai Society Fall Sale & Auction Nov 5, 9am-1pm, Fresno CA

Pacific Bonsai Expo, Nov 12-13 – Oakland, CA

California Bonsai Society Thanksgiving Sale, Nov 27 – Yamaguchi Bonsai Nursery, West LA CA

Everyone Take Care


Doyle Saito