Peter Warren Workshop

peter_warren_workshop_1The Iowa Bonsai Association was priviledged to have Peter Warren, the renowned English apprentice of Kunio Kobayashi, present a demonstration and two days of workshops on April 16-17, 2011. Participants came from as far away as Lincoln, Nebraska. He impressed the dickens out of all present. For more about Peter Warren, see his website; also see the Art of Bonsai profile on him here >


Andy Smith Workshop


Yamadori Master Comes to Iowa

Andy Smith, the commonly acknowledged “king” of yamadori in this country, came through Iowa following the celebrated St. Louis Shohin Convention, April 24-26, 2009. He held sold-out workshops for both the Eastern Iowa Bonsai Club (April 27-28) and the Iowa Bonsai Association (April 29-30). Andy provided trees special priced and held aside on his website for selection by workshop participants. All were interesting upon arrival, and got much more interesting consequent to the workshop improvements on nature’s handiwork. We should expect to see some of these workshop trees at future bonsai shows in Iowa.




2008 Sean Smith Program

Sean Smith

Sean Smith

Sean Smith, the renowned daiza maker and suiseki master, was the visiting artist at a set of IBA programs held the weekend of March 15-16, 2008. On Saturday morning there was a program on exhibit of bonsai and suiseki. Saturday afternoon Sean led a workshop on daiza making for suiseki; everyone left with a stone in a fitted diaza.

The suiseki were collected by Sean in southern Pennsylvania and provided to the participants by him. On Sunday, Sean led a workshop on bonsai styling, another of his many areas of expertise.

Sean Smith is internationally known for his skills in bonsai and suiseki and has won numerous awards in both arenas. In 2003 he was proclaimed the number one daiza carver outside of Japan by the President of the Japanese Suiseki Association, Mr. Arishige Matsuura. In 2003 Sean was the first American to exhibit an American suiseki in the Japanese National Suiseki show at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan. Sean studied daiza carving with Koji Suzuki, Japan’s leading daiza carver; Sean was his first and only student. Sean is on the Board of Directors of the National Bonsai Federation in Washington, DC.