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Tray Gardens



​​   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

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