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Bonsai Mirai is a company, a place, a practice, an ethos. This is our space to discuss all things bonsai, design, and the intersection of these worlds.

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Bonsai Mirai is a company, a place, a practice, an ethos. This is our space to discuss all things bonsai, design, and the intersection of these worlds.

    CoffeeCast with Todd Schlafer, January 2020

    CoffeeCast with Todd Schlafer, January 2020

    In this episode, we kick off 2020 by catching up with great bonsai artist and friend Todd Schlafer of First Branch Bonsai. Todd, Ryan, and Lime discuss the end of the year and start of a new decade, their hopes and goals for 2020, what it's like to drive across the country in a truck full of bonsai, and some nostalgia on their collaborations over the years. Hosted by Ryan NeilRecorded by Michael Lime Allen

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Walter Pall

    Walter Pall

    Walter Pall is an unmistakable, remarkable personality in the bonsai world. In this episode of Asymmetry, Walter, along with his student Jennifer Price, his apprentice Thomas Haerrig, and inimitable yamadori collector Randy Knight, join Ryan to discuss the evolution of bonsai, and the evolving concept of authenticity as it relates to the art.Hosted by Ryan NeilRecorded by Michael Lime Allen

    • 2 hrs 29 min
    Jan Culek & Tom Benda: Pt. 2

    Jan Culek & Tom Benda: Pt. 2

    In part two of our conversation with Tom Benda and Jan Culek, both incredible Czech ceramicists, we dive further into what makes them tick as artists. Explore how the evolution of bonsai fuels the evolution of their art, and vice versa; listen as Ryan, Lime, Tom, and Jan discuss the formation of ideas, the influence of the environment on a creator, and more.Hosted by Ryan NeilRecorded by Michael Lime Allen

    • 2 hrs 25 min
    Jan Culek & Tom Benda: Pt. 1

    Jan Culek & Tom Benda: Pt. 1

    In this episode of Asymmetry, dive into the stories and experiences behind the innovative ceramic and bonsai artists Tom Benda and Jan Culek, both of the Czech Republic and both creating some of the most exquisite ceramic vessels available for bonsai today. Listen and explore the fall of Communism and the shifts in government in the Czech Republic, and the experiences that shaped the lives and artwork of these two incredible artists.Hosted by Ryan NeilRecorded by Michael Lime Allen

    • 2 hrs 24 min
    The Covered Wagon, 2019

    The Covered Wagon, 2019

    It's that time of year again: Ryan and Lime journeyed across the country on the Covered Wagon, Bonsai Mirai's yearly tree transport service, to bring trees to their owners and to bring you another slightly delirious road-recorded episode of Asymmetry. In this episode, Ryan and Lime show you the history, process, and the reality behind the Covered Wagon, with plenty of sleep-deprived humor along the way.Hosted by Ryan NeilRecorded by Michael Lime Allen 

    • 1 hr 29 min
    CoffeeCast with Juniper 3

    CoffeeCast with Juniper 3

    After a short hiatus spent driving the Covered Wagon (our cross-country tree transport service) to New York, we're back with another CoffeeCast: a dispatch from one of the groups that have been studying at Mirai the longest, our Juniper 3 class. Though the group comes from varied backgrounds, they find commonality in bonsai; in this episode, they discuss barbecue, ceramics, and the way they approach artistic creation.Hosted by Ryan NeilRecorded by Michael Lime Allen

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

bonsai eejit ,

Mirai podcast

My go to podcast for road trips and playing away in the background while working on trees. Never fails to entertain.

John_Yo ,

Enjoy the podcast

This is a great podcast to listen to when you are working on your trees in your shed. Thanks great. Keep it up. It's full of interesting ideas and thought provoking discussion.

Big Geordie John ,

Wonderful podcast!

I’m so happy I found this podcast, it’s packed full of bonsai information and interesting guests. Ryan is clearly an expert in what he does and with his co-presenters, he makes podcasts which are easy to listen to, always interesting, and informative to anyone with an interest in bonsai. Check him out on his website and YouTube too, he has a real talent at explaining complicated ideas and making them understandable and clear, as well as giving fascinating demonstrations.
Thank you for all your hard work Ryan and sharing so much, I for one are extremely grateful for what you do.

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