We are pleased to announce John Muth as our guest artist for the Monday November 28th general meeting! John will be conducting a demonstration from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture.
John Muth has been a key figure in the Seattle bonsai community and the greater Pacific Northwest bonsai community for several decades. John is best known as the proprietor of Bonsai Northwest, the largest and most comprehensive bonsai nursery in Washington State. Part of a relatively small class of second-generation American bonsai artists, John became involved in the world of bonsai at an unusually young age. In the early-mid seventies, when John was just nine years old, his late mother Sharon Muth began making pots for her personal use and then for sale to local club members. As a teenager, John helped her make countless bonsai pots that eventually made their way all across the country. In 1985, Sharon founded Bonsai Northwest and began doing pottery and bonsai full time. The nursery steadily grew over the years, and in 2000 John officially joined the business. He began importing trees from Japan as well as pottery from China, Japan and Korea. John also began collecting yamadori from the wild and field-growing large quantities of stock. Since then, John has taken over Bonsai Northwest and continued to build his reputation as a highly skilled grower of pre-bonsai. John works on a variety of trees and styles, teaches classes, and is in demand as a speaker at regional clubs for his knowledge, skills, and humor. Over the years John has taught hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people the art of bonsai. He is a natural teacher with a relaxed and straightforward approach. On a constant quest to expand his knowledge and improve his bonsai, John is also a student. In recent years he has worked with internationally recognized artists Michael Hagedorn, Ryan Neil and Boon Manakitivipart to push his bonsai to the next level.
John will be conducting a demonstration for the PSBA on one of his field-grown cedars. The "finished" tree will be raffled off to a lucky winner! We look forward to seeing you on Monday November 28th at 7:00pm at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture!