A reminder that July 28th’s MHBS meeting at pfm bonsai in West Charlton will feature visiting master Martin Schmalenberg and an after-lunch program on suiseki. Visitors are always welcome too. If you have suiseki to share, bring them. And don’t forget to bring some food to contribute to lunch. Martin will also be bringing a display from his personal collection and some stones that will be available for sale. Any questions, call Pauline at (518) 882-1039.
Suiseki (⽔⽯) are small, naturally occurring rocks, similar to Chinese scholar’s rocks. They are displayed either in a wooden base (Daiza), or in a waterproof tray or bowl of ceramic (suiban) or bronze (Doban). The best Suiseki are expressive stones with a shape, color and texture to suggest landscapes or objects. Other than cutting flat bases on some stones to allow for stable display, suiseki stones are not cut or reshaped. The stones are natural and are found in rivers, oceans and karst areas. Typical landscapes are mountains, lakes or rivers, while object stones might include animals or sculptures.
Club members should also mark their calendars for the annual President’s Picnic at the Kiszkiel’s on August 25, and for the MHBS Club Show, September 21-22, for which member trees should already be in preparation.