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.
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?
Tracey is working with a very old hawthorn collected three years ago and planted in a training pot. Tracey came over to collect the tree so that she can study it closely and bring out the best at the event. The tree has many options and I am confident that she will make an amazing demo and tree. See her work on Sunday.