Bonsai Mirai: Asymmetry
Bob Muller

Bob Muller

April 3, 2020

In this episode, Asymmetry is back in the United States. Dive into the fascinating life and work of Mirai student Bob Muller, and bonsai's evolution in the eastern United States. Bob–a talented musician in addition to his bonsai practice–and Ryan discuss bonsai basics, techniques, and methodologies, the allure of continuing to improve old trees, and life in general.

 

Hosted by Ryan Neil

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

Trophy 2020: Teunis Jan Klein

Trophy 2020: Teunis Jan Klein

March 30, 2020

This is it. The big one. The episode we've been eagerly waiting to share with you. In our final episode from Belgium's Trophy 2020, Ryan sits for an interview with a titan of European bonsai: Teunis Jan Klein. The group explores Teunis' innovative deciduous approach, his inspirations, and the evolution of bonsai in the European Low Countries.

 

Hosted by Ryan Neil

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

 

Trophy 2020: Marija Hadjic and Sergio Luciani

Trophy 2020: Marija Hadjic and Sergio Luciani

March 27, 2020

In another episode from our travels at Belgium's Trophy 2020–and one where Ryan takes the lead–explore the approach, creativity, and thought process of the duo of Marija Hadjic and Sergio Luciani. These two have created an incredible dynamic of collaboration in their creative and contemplative bonsai presentations; this is a deep conversation about how bonsai is pursued as an art form, and the continued evolution of the European scene.

 

Hosted by Ryan Neil

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

Trophy 2020: Thor Holvila

Trophy 2020: Thor Holvila

March 25, 2020

Dive back into the Trophy 2020 in Belgium, but this time, into the world of ceramics: explore the work of Thor Holvila of Sweden. Lime, Troy, and Czech ceramicist Tom Benda converse with Thor about his inspirations, the unique style of his work, and his journey to creating bonsai ceramics. Thor originally apprenticed with a pioneer of raku glazes in Sweden, but in 2008 became interested in bonsai and began making the pots he wanted to see for his trees.

Hosted by Michael Lime Allen and Troy Cardoza

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

 

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Trophy 2020: Todd Schlafer & Jan Culek

Trophy 2020: Todd Schlafer & Jan Culek

March 23, 2020

In another dispatch from the Belgium Trophy 2020, Troy and Lime sit down with two old friends of Mirai: Todd Schlafer of Colorado's First Branch Bonsai, and Czech ceramicist and bonsai artist Jan Culek. If you haven't met them already through past episodes, get to know Todd and Jan as they discuss their thoughts and experiences on the Trophy, some thoughts on design, and their current and upcoming projects.

Hosted by Michael Lime Allen and Troy Cardoza

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

 

Trophy 2020: JP “Juicy” Hoareau

Trophy 2020: JP “Juicy” Hoareau

March 20, 2020

In another dispatch from the Trophy, get to know Mirai's French connection: JP Hoareau, christened "Juicy" during his time as an apprentice at Mirai. Get the story behind that nickname, and hear some stories from JP's apprenticeship. Explore his evolution as a bonsai artist, from a fashion student interested in bonsai to becoming a bonsai professional.

Hosted by Lime Allen and Troy Cardoza

Recorded by Lime Allen

Trophy 2020: Bonsai Sense

Trophy 2020: Bonsai Sense

March 18, 2020

In another episode straight from Belgium's Trophy 2020, dive into another interview hosted by Troy and Lime. Rafael and Deyssa Torres of Bonsai Sense, based in Mallorca, Spain, are on the cutting edge of Spanish bonsai. In this episode, explore Rafa & Deyssa's experiences at the Trophy, their story toward becoming bonsai professionals, and some specific techniques on pruning and improving ramification.

Hosted by Michael Lime Allen and Troy Cardoza

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

Trophy 2020: Antony Smith

Trophy 2020: Antony Smith

March 16, 2020

In their podcast hosting debut, Lime & Troy have created a new project: focused, short-form episodes of Asymmetry meant to take you straight back to the Trophy 2020 in Belgium. In this episode, get to know South African bonsai artist Antony Smith of Willow Bonsai. Antony, a bonsai practitioner since the age of 12, worked in landscaping before becoming a full-time bonsai professional. Dive into Antony's inspirations, his love of native species, and his evolution over time as a bonsai artist.

Hosted by Michael Lime Allen & Troy Cardoza

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

Trophy 2020: Danny Use

Trophy 2020: Danny Use

March 13, 2020

In the first episode from Ryan, Lime, and Troy's journey to Belgium for the Trophy 2020, dive into a deep conversation with a true bonsai pioneer: Danny Use of the Gingko Bonsai Center. Danny, Ryan, Lime, and Troy discuss Danny's contributions to the worldwide bonsai community, the relationships he's forged between Europe and Japan, and rise of western bonsai as we see it today. This is one you won't want to miss–a pivotal conversation with a titan of European bonsai.

Hosted by Ryan Neil

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

Dennis Vojtilla: Part Two

Dennis Vojtilla: Part Two

February 28, 2020

The first time Dennis Vojtilla appeared on Asymmetry, it was groundbreaking; in this episode, Dennis returns to continue pushing the envelope on the exploration of deciduous species as bonsai. Dennis clarifies and expands upon techniques introduced in his first podcast, details his experimentation with bonsai over the course of his career, and divulges some of his secrets in creating some of the finest ramification we've ever seen.

Hosted by Ryan Neil

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen