Friday, February 2, 2024

What can fine art do for bonsai? Sculptor Benjamin Keating pontificates. Ep26

 I. Episode Summary & Links

            In today's episode, Kevin and Benjamin Keating discuss his history in art and how he got into bonsai, challenges associated with displaying bonsai in art galleries for long periods, Ben's bonsai + metal marriage projects in progress, and what to look forward to from Ben's art!


The video version is available here (follow along to see Ben's trees in development during the garden tour):

The podcast version is available here.

Guest Info:

Benjamin is an artist specializing in metal sculptures and now he is exploring ways to combine that skill set into bonsai including using metal sculptures as containers, incorporating sculptures into the tree, and even branching into commercial production of Raku-style bonsai pottery. The first 50 of his new line of large Raku-style pots are available on an invitation-only basis. Contact him through his social media or website to apply with a picture of your tree!

Sponsor Info: 

<INSERT YOUR AD HERE>. Email us at bonsaitimepodcast@gmail.com if you would like to discuss sponsoring an episode! Sponsor information will be read on air and be included in the show notes.

Support the Pod:

Anytime you listen, subscribe, rate us, or share us with friends you help keep us motivated to keep making episodes for you all! If you want to take it to the next level, you can also help keep the podcast going by donating to us through Spotify or by sponsoring an episode (contact us directly for that). All donations go back into the podcast such as for our web hosting, recording gear expenses, etc. Even $1/month would be a great help!

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More pictures of Ben's work are below.

Monday, January 1, 2024

Inside Out with Tori Solis: A Reversed Episode - Bonsai Time Podcast Ep25

 I. Episode Summary & Links

            Our first episode of 2024 is a collaboration with Tori Solis of Blue Nose Trading. In the first half of our two-part interview, we interviewed Tori to understand her artistic perspective in ceramics and discuss the motivations for her new podcast. That episode is live now as episode 1 of "The Bonsai Pot-cast". Next in this episode, Tori interviewed us about our involvement in bonsai clubs, tips for getting involved, and a smattering of other subjects such as invasive species yamadori.

For our interview of Tori (Bonsai Pot-cast episode 1), see here.

For Tori's interview of us, the video version is available here:

For Tori's interview of us, the podcast version is available here. 

Guest Info:

Tori Solis is a multi-talented artist specializing in bonsai pottery, other ceramics, and jewelry. Her beautiful work, tips for techniques, and her new Bonsai Pot Cast series can be found at the links below. ⁠https://linktr.ee/BlueNoseTrading

Sponsor Info: 

<INSERT YOUR AD HERE>. Email us at bonsaitimepodcast@gmail.com if you would like to discuss sponsoring an episode! Sponsor information will be read on air and be included in the show notes.

Support the Pod:

Anytime you listen, subscribe, rate us, or share us with friends you help keep us motivated to keep making episodes for you all! If you want to take it to the next level, you can also help keep the podcast going by donating to us through Spotify or by sponsoring an episode (contact us directly for that). All donations go back into the podcast such as for our web hosting, recording gear expenses, etc. Even $1/month would be a great help!

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More pictures of Tori's work are below.

Friday, December 29, 2023

A Very Bonsai New Year: Goals for 2024 - Bonsai Time Podcast Ep 24

 I. Episode Summary & Links

            In this episode of the Bonsai Time Podcast, your hosts Ryan, Kelly, and Kevin continue the New Year episode tradition of reflecting on how we have been doing on the podcast and in our bonsai lives last year and what we resolve to continue or improve for 2024. The future is bright! We hope you will continue enjoying the Bonsai Time ride with us. Have a happy holidays to you and your family!

The video version is available here:

The podcast version is available here. 

Guest Info:

(no guest today)

Sponsor Info: 

<INSERT YOUR AD HERE>. Email us at bonsaitimepodcast@gmail.com if you would like to discuss sponsoring an episode! Sponsor information will be read on air and be included in the show notes.

Support the Pod:

Anytime you listen, subscribe, rate us, or share us with friends you help keep us motivated to keep making episodes for you all! If you want to take it to the next level, you can also help keep the podcast going by donating to us through Spotify or by sponsoring an episode (contact us directly for that). All donations go back into the podcast such as for our web hosting, recording gear expenses, etc. Even $1/month would be a great help!

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

A Very Bonsai Christmas With Julian Tsai - Bonsai Time Podcast Ep 23

I. Episode Summary & Links

            In this episode of the Bonsai Time Podcast, we have part 2 of a winter solstice/Christmas special featuring Ryan, Kelly, Kevin, and Julian Tsai. In Part 2, we discussed the history of the winter solstice and Christmas celebrations in Europe, Egypt, and America especially as it pertains to symbolic tree species associated with this time of year. We then go on to discuss and compare the merits of these historic tree species for bonsai.

The video version is available here:

The podcast version is available here. 

Guest Info:

Julian Tsai is a full-time professional bonsai artist based in Southern California. He was previously featured in our 4th episode which was recorded near the end of his apprenticeship in Japan.

Julain's website is www.JustBonsai.com

Sponsor Info: This episode is sponsored by the Grow Clothing Co. Grow Clothing has tons of creative plant and bonsai-inspired designs for T-shirts, hoodies, bags, water bottles, and more. They are always adding new designs so check them out at the links below and don't forget to use the discount code "BONSAITIME" for 10% off when you order by February 1st.

⁠Grow Clothing Co Website⁠

⁠Grow Clothing Co Facebook⁠

Support the Pod:

Anytime you listen, subscribe, rate us, or share us with friends you help keep us motivated to keep making episodes for you all! If you want to take it to the next level, you can also help keep the podcast going by donating to us through Spotify or by sponsoring an episode (contact us directly for that). All donations go back into the podcast such as for our web hosting, recording gear expenses, etc. Even $1/month would be a great help!

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Tuesday, December 19, 2023

What to Do With Your Bonsai in Winter With Julian Tsai - Bonsai Time Podcast Ep 22

            In this episode of the Bonsai Time Podcast, we have part 1 of a winter solstice/Christmas special featuring Ryan, Kelly, Kevin, and Julian Tsai. In Part 1, we catch up with Julian regarding how he transitioned into being a full-time bonsai professional and we dive into the subject of what can we do as bonsai artists in winter and what might be risky to do in colder climates at this time of year. Stay tuned for Part 2 later this week where we will discuss the history of certain trees in traditional celebrations of the winter solstice and Christmas.

The video version is available here:

The podcast version is available here: