Still Point

Still Point

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

Still Point

Still Point

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

A Stillness in the Stream

A Stillness in the Stream

river stone and woven aluminum wire, carved mahogany tray, 37" x 21", Portland Japanese Garden

A Stillness in the Stream

A Stillness in the Stream

river stone and woven aluminum wire, carved mahogany tray, 37" x 21", Portland Japanese Garden

By the Riverside

By the Riverside

river stones & rusted iron, cherry tray, 35", Johnson Museum of Art

By the Riverside

By the Riverside

river stones & rusted iron, cherry tray, 35", Johnson Museum of Art

The Ploughman's Dream

The Ploughman's Dream

bark & slate, brushed aluminum tray, 36", Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard

The Ploughman's Dream

The Ploughman's Dream

bark & slate, brushed aluminum tray, 36", Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard

The Ploughman's Dream II

The Ploughman's Dream II

bark & slate, patinaed steel tray, 36", Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard

The Ploughman's Dream II

The Ploughman's Dream II

bark & slate, patinaed steel tray, 36", Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard

Where Forest Meets Field

Where Forest Meets Field

bark & wood slivers, black walnut tray, 30", Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard

Where Forest Meets Field

Where Forest Meets Field

bark & wood slivers, black walnut tray, 30", Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard

Blue Mountains Walking

Blue Mountains Walking

ceramic wall, weathered wood tray & flame-worked glass, 33" x 10", private collection

Blue Mountains Walking

Blue Mountains Walking

ceramic wall, weathered wood tray & flame-worked glass, 33" x 10", private collection

Blue Mountains Walking

Blue Mountains Walking

ceramic wall, weathered wood tray & flame-worked glass, 33" x 10", private collection

Empty Mountains 1

Empty Mountains 1

ceramic "stones" & weathered barn-board base; maple frame; 35" x 24"

Empty Mountains 1b

Empty Mountains 1b

ceramic "stones" & weathered barn-board base; maple frame; 35" x 24"

Empty Mountains 3a

Empty Mountains 3a

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

Empty Mountains 3b

Empty Mountains 3b

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

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