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3rd National Juried Bonsai Pot Exhibition
June 12, 2015 to August 2, 2015
The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, Washington DC
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Application Dates:
Jul 16, 2014 - Apr 1, 2015
Application Fee:
Notification Date:
Apr 23, 2015

The 3rd National Juried Bonsai Pot Exhibition

The 3rd National Juried Bonsai Pot Exhibition - CALL FOR ENTRIES
Deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the US National Arboretum, Washington, DC

Produced by the National Bonsai Foundation, The 3rd National Juried Bonsai Pot Exhibition is a premier national juried ceramics exhibition that will be presented in the Special Exhibits Wing of The National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC. Last held in 2001 and 02, the exhibition and competition was planned this time in conjunction with The American Bonsai Society Annual Learning Seminars for 2015 in Ellicott City, MD at the Turf Valley Convention Center. The theme will be “Capitol Collections: Collecting in the 21st Century”. A reception and awards presentation will open the exhibition on Friday evening June 12, 2015. We are delighted to have an expert jury panel to select approximately 80 American made containers for display. Awards will be made in 5 standard style categories plus a non-traditional category for Experimental Design.


Deborah Bedwell is the former Executive Director (1980-2011) of Baltimore Clayworks and one of its founding artists. She is currently serving as President of the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts, NCECA. A talented potter, Deborah specializes in porcelain wares.

Michael Hagedorn has a background in fine art with a MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University. Now a bonsai stylist, teacher and lecturer, he apprenticed in Japan under master Shinji Suzuki in 2003. Owner of Crataegus Bonsai, he is a founding member of the Portland Bonsai Village in Oregon

Sara Rayner has been a full time potter in Red Wing, MN for over 31 years; she has focused solely on bonsai containers for the past 16. She is perhaps the most respected maker of contemporary American bonsai containers today.

1st and 2nd Place Awards of $500 and $300 will be presented in the following Style Categories:
Round, Oval, Rectangle, Cascade/Semi-Cascade, Shohin, Accent Containers/Kusamono

Additional Awards of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place ($1,000, $500, $300) in an Experimental Design Category:
For containers that push the boundaries of traditional design for Bonsai display.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all ceramic artists, 18 years and older, residing in the U.S. Entered works must have been completed within the last two years.

FEES: The Entry Fee is: $35.00

ENTRY PROCEDURES: Online submission begins September 1, 2014 and ends April 1, 2015 (midnight EST). Artists may enter up to ten works with two images per artwork required.

NUMBER OF WORKS: No more than ten containers may be submitted (but not required). For each container submit one full image view from an angle that shows a portion of the inside unglazed planting area. The second image will be of the underside of the container, showing feet or recessed floor and drainage holes. For sculptural entries an additional full view from another angle is encouraged. Jurying will be conducted from images of actual works available for the exhibition. No substitutions allowed.

EXCLUSIONS: NBF reserves the right to exclude from adjudication any submissions that include more than ten works and any submissions made with incorrect fees. NBF will not process refunds to those who submit incorrect fees.


  • Title if applicable
  • Description – clay body, firing cone and firing method
  • Photographic Credit (if artist, type in ARTIST)
  • Sale Status – For Sale or Not For Sale
  • Image Id #:
    Select Image 1 through Image 10 for your primary image.
    Select Image 1 Detail through Image 10 Detail for the detail image that corresponds to the primary image.
    For Experimental Design category:
    You are allowed up to two detail images. Select Image Detail with the corresponding number twice to enter two detail images.
  • Retail Price (includes the 20% commission)
  • Dimensions (inches) L x W x H
  • Weight (lbs.)
  • Date of completion
  • Insurance Value (retail minus 20% commission)

Please double check your entry information, as no changes will be allowed after Deadline: April 1, 2015

All works must be primarily ceramic. Mixed media works will be accepted only when clay is the dominant material. All submissions must be capable of functioning as containers for bonsai trees. They should:

  • be made of a vitrified clay body
  • have a minimum of one, 3/4” drain hole (2 or 3 are usually optimal) and 4-6 smaller, 1/8 to 1/4” wire tie-in holes spaced and towards the outer edge of the floor close to the walls. The Phoenix Bonsai Society site has information specific to bonsai pots and links to Bonsai potter’s websites: https://www.phoenixbonsai.com/BigPicture/Pots.html
  • be designed with the floor raised (on feet) to allow for water drainage and wiring-in tree
  • be unglazed in the interior planting area below ½” to 1” of the top of the piece.

The jurors will make final determinations. NBF and exhibition venue staff reserve the right to exclude from the exhibition works that arrive at the venue in unstable condition and works that cannot be physically accommodated or which differs from the submitted image.

SHIPPING: Round trip shipping expenses will be paid by the National Bonsai Foundation for containers selected for the exhibition with the following provisions:

SHIPPING TO: Selected works should be shipped to destination “prepaid” by the artist. Artists will be reimbursed by NBF for FedEx, UPS or US Postal standard ground transport receipts, including insurance (at the “Insurance Value” stated) and the reasonable cost of packaging materials. All accepted entries must be sent double boxed in sturdy, re-usable packaging. If packing materials are not acceptable for return shipping, the exhibition venue staff will contact the artist and any purchase of new packing materials will be the responsibility of the artist.

RETURN SHIPPING: Works not sold will be returned to the artist in the original packaging at the expense of The National Bonsai Foundation. Works that are sold will be shipped to the buyer at the buyer’s expense at the close of the exhibition. Payment for the Sale Price minus a 20% commission will be issued to the artist after the close of the exhibition. Any claims on shipping damage must be reported by the artist to the carrier and/or the National Bonsai Foundation upon receipt. Artist must retain all original packing materials for inspection by shipper until claim is resolved.


Submission Dates: September 1, 2014- April 1, 2015
Acceptance notification:
April 23, 2015
Work due:
May 15, 2015
June 12-August 2, 2015
Opening reception:
June 12, 2015
ABS Learning Seminars:
June 11 - 14, 2015
Work returned after:
August 15, 2015
Damage claims:
Upon Receipt
Shipping reimbursement request by:
June 1, 2015

INSURANCE: Accepted works will be covered according to NBF’s insurance policy while on display. In the event of damage, theft or loss, insurer may require evidence of value of similar works sold and limit claims to the amount of the artist's commission that would result from the sale of his/ her work. In the case of this exhibition, the replacement value of works will be up to 80% of the artist's declared retail value.

Works may be offered for sale at the discretion of the artist. Artists must declare a value on all works at the time of submission and these values may not be altered at any subsequent time. The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum will refer sales inquiries to an NBF representative who will handle sales of artwork on exhibit; a 20% commission will be retained by NBF on all sales. Please check the price you entered and make sure it includes the 20% commission. No price changes will be allowed after a work is accepted.

CATALOG: A digital catalog of the exhibited work will be published in PDF format. The high-resolution images submitted of each entry may be used in the catalog and other potential publications. Please read your entry carefully. No changes can be made after the work is accepted.

Participating artists must agree to allow The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum visitors to photograph work while on display for educational and publicity purposes. Images of accepted works will be retained by NBF for promotional purposes, catalog production, posting on the NBF website and sharing with media related publications.

QUESTIONS: Regarding application: support@jurying.net or 561.832.0480

INQUIRIES: Specific to bonsai containers: AskRon@comcast.net

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