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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The blog’s top ten most popular posts December 2014 from The Ancient Art of Bonsai.

1.- The Bonsai Pottery of Peter Krebs.
The Bonsai Pottery of Peter Krebs.
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” - Samuel Beckett. This is the motto that forever drives Peter Krebs. This quote, this motto, is included here so that one can understand how someone who is completely self taught is now considered by many to be the best bonsai potter in the Western world. For more than 30 years Peter has delved deeply into the art of

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The blog’s top ten most popular posts September 2014 from The Ancient Art of Bonsai.

1.- The Bonsai Pottery of Peter Krebs.
The Bonsai Pottery of Peter Krebs.
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” - Samuel Beckett. This is the motto that forever drives Peter Krebs. This quote, this motto, is included here so that one can understand how someone who is completely self taught is now considered by many to be the best bonsai potter in the Western world. For more than 30 years Peter has delved deeply into the art of

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

The blog’s top ten most popular posts August 2014 from The Ancient Art of Bonsai.

1.- The Bonsai Pottery of Peter Krebs.
The Bonsai Pottery of Peter Krebs.
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” - Samuel Beckett. This is the motto that forever drives Peter Krebs. This quote, this motto, is included here so that one can understand how someone who is completely self taught is now considered by many to be the best bonsai potter in the Western world. For more than 30 years Peter has delved deeply into the art of

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The blog’s top ten most popular posts July 2014 from The Ancient Art of Bonsai.

1.- The Bonsai Pottery of Peter Krebs.

The Bonsai Pottery of Peter Krebs.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” - Samuel Beckett. This is the motto that forever drives Peter Krebs. This quote, this motto, is included here so that one can understand how someone who is completely self taught is now considered by many to be the best bonsai potter in the Western world. For more than 30 years Peter has delved deeply into the art of

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

The blog’s top ten most popular posts June 2014 from The Ancient Art of Bonsai.

1.- The Bonsai Pottery of Peter Krebs.

The Bonsai Pottery of Peter Krebs.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” - Samuel Beckett. This is the motto that forever drives Peter Krebs. This quote, this motto, is included here so that one can understand how someone who is completely self taught is now considered by many to be the best bonsai potter in the Western world. For more than 30 years Peter has delved deeply into the art of

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Bonsai Pottery of Peter Krebs.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” - Samuel Beckett. This is the motto that forever drives Peter Krebs. This quote, this motto, is included here so that one can understand how someone who is completely self taught is now considered by many to be the best bonsai potter in the Western world.

For more than 30 years Peter has delved deeply into the art of creating bonsai pottery. He thoroughly studied antique Chinese pots for many years and diligently tried to copy them over and over. He read everything there ever was written about bonsai pottery and he clearly is one of the world experts in this field. Paul Lesniewicz, who owned one of the largest collections of Chinese pots, was his mentor, and Peter was the curator for that collection, as well as for the famous bonsai museum in Heidelberg.

Peter was born in 1943, he has been married to the same lovely lady since 1965 and they have two sons. He did all sorts of things in his life; his main profession was offset printing. After doing that for 25 years and practicing potting as a hobby on the side he jumped into freedom in 1993, clearly gaining in quality of life for himself and his family.

The Bonsai Pottery of Peter Krebs

Pattern Recognition in Judging Bonsai.

Can you tell the difference between a conifer and a broadleaved tree just from looking at an image? Sure you can, any child can do this. Can you tell the difference even when the conifer grows much like a broadleaved tree would normally and the broadleaved tee grows like a conifer? Sure you could. You see this in a split second looking at an image.

OK, now explain how exactly you made the decision. Some will succeed in giving a good explanation, some will come back wit a poor explanation and some will not bother. But all will take quite a while to articulate something that they have 'known' in a split-second.

Even though our brain knows how to do this classification, our conscious mind is often incapable of articulating the rules. Our brain is exceptionally good at this type of task. We are amazing pattern recognition machines.

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