Still Point
Still Point

river stones with black walnut tray, 38" x 24", private collection

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Still Point
Still Point

river stones with black walnut tray, 38" x 24", private collection

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Empty Mountains 3b
Empty Mountains 3b

river stones & slate base, ash frame; 35" X 21"

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Still Point
Still Point

river stones with black walnut tray, 38" x 24", private collection

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Bontei
Tray Gardens

盆庭

 

​​   Bontei means tray garden in Japanese. There are many traditions in East Asia of presenting stones and plants on trays or in ceramic pots such as bonsai (tray-plantings) and suiseki (water-stones).

   All of these traditions express the beauty and rhythms of nature in highly abstracted form, capturing the sense of reflection one feels in wild nature in the space of a tray. My bontei begin within that tradition but broaden the scope to include new materials and philosophies.

Bontei Pamphlet