GSBF CONVENTION 41, October 24 - 28, 2018
Born in Thailand, Suthin has extensive experience with tropical bonsai. His expertise also includes Japanese maple, Juniper, Azalea, Black Pine and many other species.
Suthin has won multiple National Bonsai Awards in Thailand and the United States. He lectures all around the world and at some of the most important bonsai conventions in the United States. Suthin shares new information and techniques whenever he teaches. His Bonsai are known for their proportion, refinement and detail. He is mostly admired for his remarkable Shohin Bonsai designs.
Website: suthinbonsaistudio.com in Stoughton, Massachusetts
Bjorn L Bjorholm, owner of Eisei-en Bonsai Nursery in Nashville, TN, is a
bonsai artist and instructor who spent six years as an apprentice under
Master Keiichi Fujikawa at Kouka-en bonsai nursery in Osaka, Japan before
receiving certification as a bonsai professional by the Nippon Bonsai
Association. His tenure as an apprentice at Kouka-en was followed by three
years as artist-in-residence at the same location, making him the first and
only foreign-born working bonsai professional in Japan. During his time in Japan, Bjorn's works were featured in the Kokufu-ten, Sakufu-ten, and Taikan-ten exhibitions, among many others.
In addition to his work in Japan, Bjorn travels the world, from Europe to
Asia to Latin America, teaching bonsai art and providing services to private
clients and international organizations. He operates intensive bonsai
schools with affiliate nurseries in Spain and the United States, while also
working with international bonsai organizations. Website: bjornbjorholm.com
Mitsuya san is 77 years old. He was first apprentice of Toshinori Suzuki. Toshinori Suzuki was the top bonsai artist in Chubu Nippon (middle japan; Koyoto, Osaka, and Nagoya area), parallel to Saburo Kato in the Tokyo area. Saichi Suzuki, Toshinori's father, developed and introduced Zuisho black pine. Mitsuya san received the Educational Ministry Award in Sakufu-ten and received three Kokufu-ten awards.
Mitsuya san trained many Japanese apprentices and 6 from America. While in japan, all apprentices lived in the Mitsuya home during the training period. They lived under the same roof with the family and ate at the same table. It was a lot of work for Mrs. Mitsuya, but this system was the best way for Americans to learn the Japanese language and family life.
We are lucky that Mitsuya san has agreed to attend and teach at the Golden State Bonsai Federation Convention this year. He is a skilled, magnanimous, and warm person. All who have had the honor to work with him will benefit from his ability to share his knowledge of the bonsai art form.