Pacific Bonsai Museum’s LAB (Living Art of Bonsai) is an experimental collaborative for bonsai design innovation.

This multiyear endeavor kicked off in 2018 with its inaugural LAB project investigating the influence of architectural settings and collaboration sequencing on the art of bonsai. The overall goal of the project is to advance innovation and artistic expression in bonsai.

Rather than starting with a styled tree and asking both the pot and the standmaker to respond to it (as is traditionally practiced), the LAB asks: what if the stand comes first?; or the pot?; where can these makers take the art of bonsai if they allow themselves to influenced by each other in an entirely new way? Furthermore, how do different architectural settings effect the production and display of bonsai? 

Tests in the experiment are being run concurrently in the studios of the three LAB artists and at a series of live events held at architecturally-significant settings in the Pacific Northwest through 2020.

Watch an intro to the LAB (3 mins)

What happened at LAB Session 1? Hear the raw, unedited story straight from the artists in this podcast.

The Team

The inaugural LAB design team includes three renowned artisans and a facilitator:

  • Standmaker: Austin Heitzman, Austin Heitzman Furniture, Portland, OR
  • Ceramic Artist: Ron Lang, Lang Bonsai Containers, Southport, NC
  • Bonsai Artist Stylist: Ryan Neil, Bonsai Mirai, St. Helens, OR
  • Facilitator:  Aarin Packard, Curator, Pacific Bonsai Museum, Federal Way, WA

The LAB Session One

The first session of the LAB took place Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the Chauncey L. and Johanna Griggs Residence, Lakewood, Washington; a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. We witnessed the live styling of a limber pine, and the unveiling of Ron Lang’s Frank Lloyd-Wright inspired bonsai container, and the unveiling of Austin Heitzman’s tall, walnut stand.

Patrons give life to the LAB. Our aspirations combined with your support will create innovation in bonsai design. How would you like to participate?

One-time and monthly donations can be made online. For other gift arrangements, contact Kathy McCabe, 253-353-7345 or kathy@pacificbonsaimuseum.org.

All gifts are appreciated. Thank you!

We extend heartfelt appreciation to LAB Patrons:

Craig & Millie Russell

Mark & Phyllis Griggs

Kit & Gary Severson

Benjamin MacBeth

Patron Levels

Partner

A Partner is a person, group, or organization that would like to be a patron of the project with a contribution of $1,000 or more.

Partner benefits include:

  • Invitation to VIP celebration with Artists;
  • The LAB Documentary (DVD or online access);
  • Two tickets to attend the next LAB session;
  • Logo recognition on project materials (if applicable);
  • A special Curator-led tour of Pacific Bonsai Museum for up to 60 people.
  • One time and monthly, online donations
  • Be sure to mention “LAB” in the comment box.

Benefactor

A Benefactor is a person, group, or organization that would like to be a patron of the project with a contribution of $2,500 or more.

Partner benefits include:

  • Signed Austin Heitzman jita
  • Invitation to VIP celebration with Artists;
  • The LAB Documentary (DVD or online access);
  • Tickets to be at all LAB Sessions;
  • Logo recognition on project materials (if applicable);
  • A special Curator-led tour of Pacific Bonsai Museum for up to 60 people.
  • One time and monthly, online donations
  • Be sure to mention “LAB” in the comment box.

Champion

A Champion is a person, group, or organization that would like to be a patron of the project with a contribution of $5,000 or more.

Champion benefits include:

  • Trip to Portland Studio
  • Profile/Story in a Museum Publication
  • Signed Ron Lang Pot
  • Signed Austin Heitzman jita
  • Invitation to VIP celebration with Artists;
  • The LAB Documentary (DVD or online access);
  • Tickets to be at all LAB Sessions;
  • Logo recognition on project materials (if applicable);
  • A special Curator-led tour of Pacific Bonsai Museum for up to 60 people.
  • One time and monthly, online donations
  • Be sure to mention “LAB” in the comment box.

Visionary

A Visionary is a person, group, or organization that would like to be a patron of the project with a contribution of $20,000 or more.

Visionary benefits include:

  • Naming Rights
  • Participation in artist summit
  • Trip to Portland Studio
  • Profile/Story in a Museum Publication
  • Signed Ron Lang Pot
  • Signed Austin Heitzman jita
  • Invitation to VIP celebration with Artists;
  • The LAB Documentary (DVD or online access);
  • Tickets to be at all LAB Sessions;
  • Logo recognition on project materials (if applicable);
  • A special Curator-led tour of Pacific Bonsai Museum for up to 60 people.
  • One time and monthly, online donations
  • Be sure to mention “LAB” in the comment box.