Planting containers are mainly chosen according to aesthetical considerations. If a Kusamono is to be used as an accent plant (Shitakusa), the main object (a bonsai or a suiseki) needs to be considered too when selecting a pot for it.
For Kusamono one can use high-fired frost proof ceramic pots, pots from vitrified material, porcelain pots, lacquer pots, stones with cavities, driftwood and other material. The color of the planting container should be in harmony with the main object (the bonsai or suiseki).
A bonsai in an unglazed pot is often combined with an accent plant in a glazed pot. An accent plant in a dark pot, a natural stone or a piece of driftwood would go well with a bonsai in a glazed colorful pot.
Shallow pots suggest open landscapes and are particularly suited. Usually one chooses round, oval, or irregularly shaped pots. Medium deep and deep pots can only be used when the main object is presented on a table, since the height of the main foliage of the accent plant should not exceed the height of the table or of the wood slice on which the bonsai or suiseki is placed as main object. As an exceptions from this rule, elegant flowers on long stems, a single delicate seed head or a single blade of rass may reach higher than the main foliage of the accent plant and exceed this height limit. This should only be a single flower or seed head, not several.
Deep pots are primarily used for cascade designs. Such pots often have a square, hexagonal or octogonal shape.
Here is a small selection of handmade planting containers for Kusamono by diverse ceramists.
Deeper pots for Kusamono is various modern colors and shapes. Handmade pots should be preferred for Kusamono.
Deep chinese pots for Kusamono (left). The blue-grey pots (in the middle and right) are handmade.
Handmade Kusamono pots by several European artists. The handmade Kusamono pots give a Kusamono a special character.
Article and Photographs from the Book "Wildpflanzen – Bonsai“ were kindly provided by WILLI BENZ.
Translation: Stefan Ulrich