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 kicked off this year and will continue 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 was held 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. 

Watch the LAB trailer (3 mins)
Lang (left) presents his Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired bonsai container as Heitzman (middle) and Neil (right) ponder what stand and tree might work with it. Photo: Tim Aguero Photography. 

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
LAB Session 1. Photo: Tim Aguero Photography. 

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 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.