Pacific Bonsai Museum’s LAB (Living Art of Bonsai) is a four-part, multi year-long experiment investigating
1) the influence of inspired architectural settings and 2) the effect of collaboration resequencing on the art of bonsai.

The overall goal of the project is to advance innovation and artistic expression in bonsai.

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

WHAT’S NEXT:

The LAB Session TWO

The Site of Bonsai | Focus: The vessel and tree-potting , April 6, 2019

Session 2, timed for spring, shifts our focus to the container and potting season. The artists will reconvene at the Mary Lund Davis house in Gig Harbor, WA to reveal new works in the experiments. Lang will present two new pots: one in response to Heitzman’s stand from Session I and one for Neil’s styled tree from Session 1 (which Neil will pot on site). Heitzman will reveal a new stand made in response to Lang’s container from Session 1.

Live video streaming will be available to the public so they may watch the artists reveal their work, listen to the group discussion, and ask questions via moderated chat.

View the LIVE STREAM

on April 6

Note: When you click on Get Tickets, you will be prompted to create an account with our partner, Cleeng, which you will need to do before purchasing live stream tickets.

What happened at the LAB Session One? (3 mins)

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 LAB Session One

At the LAB Session 1, Spaces of Liminality: Enter the LAB, August 2018, the artists and guests converged on the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Chauncey L. and Johanna Griggs House in Lakewood, WA.  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. Dr. Kevin Nute, a subject expert in the influence of Japanese culture on Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs, gave a presentation on Wright’s life and design sensibilities. The audience and artists participated in a thought-provoking, moderated discussion around design innovation, collaboration, and the techtonics of bonsai. 

HOW DOES THE RESEQUENCING PROCESS WORK?

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? These are the questions the LAB seeks to answer. The LAB artists’ collaborations are being choreographed in the following sequence:

COMING UP: Sessions 3 & 4

Heads-up! Save the dates:

Session 3, August 17, 2019 | Focus: Tree styling (architectural location TBA)

Session 4, Spring 2020 | Focus: Display and final reveal (architectural location TBA)

GET INVOLVED

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 & Amy Pendergast

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.