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

This multiyear endeavor kicks off in 2018 with its inaugural LAB project investigating sequence. The project will reimagine traditional bonsai practices by resequencing the order of influence between the bonsai artist, ceramicist, and standmaker.

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?

The project kicks off in 2018 and continues through 2020. The artists will each work in their respective studios and then come together in presentation sessions. The first session will take place:

Session I Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the Chauncey L. and Johanna Griggs Residence, Lakewood, Washington; home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Witness the creation of a living sculpture and watch as three renowned artists resequence traditional bonsai practices under the influence of a work of an iconic American architect. You can engage in the dialogue and interject questions in a moderated discussion as the art emerges. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event unlike anything any of us have experienced before.

Limited tickets available.

Watch the LAB trailer (3 mins)
The 2018 inaugural LAB design team will include 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

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

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 first 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 4 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 4 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 4 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.