Michael Ryan Bell Saturday Presenter

Michael Ryan Bell will be one of our presenters on Saturday 7th October:


Who is this Guy?

My name is Ryan Bell and I’ve been collecting bonsai pots since 2011, a year after I began pursuing bonsai seriously, and I now have an extensive collection. After coming across a container without any information, I decided to research bonsai containers, and have since made it my specialty and passion. I have travelled extensively to clubs and conventions in an effort to improve appreciation of ceramics in bonsai art.

My mission is to encourage appreciation of the art of bonsai pottery through accurate information, images, and history. My website is extensive with numerous articles about Japanese potters and bonsai container history, and includes the most extensive Chop, Signature, and Seal database in print, in any language. Lots of great information. To start learning about Bonsai Containers, come to Bonsai Europa 2017.


Michael Ryan Bell – Bonsai Pots from Eric Schrader on Vimeo.


The art of displaying Shohin: How to achieve an award winning display

Mark and Ritta promotion

Announcing Yannick Kiggen an Amazing Artist from Belgium to Demo


From the age of 10 I started with creating and learning the art of Bonsai because of great interest in the Japanese culture and a cousin who was also practicing it.

From the age of 12 the journey started with Jean-Paul Polmans for 8 years, getting classes from all different kinds of great artists like Takeo Kawabe (JP), Hotsumi Terakawa (JP/NL) , Mario Komsta (PL), Pius Notter and Francois Jeker.

After a few dreams that already came my way (hopefully more to come) the best one was in 2010 I had the opportunity to give my first demonstration abroad at Joy of Bonsai in Bath were I met Peter Warren who introduced me to Kunio Kobayashi of Shunka-en were I had the opportunity to work for 2 years but due to problems at home, I could only stay for 3-4 months

At that point I started Yama Bonsai Studio in Belgium were I give evening- and weekend classes to my students, sales of yamadori and other material

I try to organise workshops with artists across Europe and beyond and have been fortunate to have Akiyama-san, Will Baddeley, Bjorn Bjorholm for my students and club.

Bonsai is my true passion and and grows stronger every year.



Welcome to Demo artist Jose Redondo from Spain


Jose has been working with bonsai for the last 8 year, firstly by creating a “impressive “ collection of sticks in pots. He was under the impression that he was only one in the world doing bonsai, until he visit a bonsai show by the 3 Kent clubs in 2011. That was a turning point for him, completely changing his approach. His journey with bonsai opening a new door. Jose became a member on the progressive Maidstone Bonsai Society in the UK, participating in as many workshops as possible and working with some of the best artist in Europe. Along with visiting as many bonsai show as possible, reading, enquiring and simply the joy and love playing with trees, the good friendships sharing same passion and my Rioja, what could be more perfect?