Bonsai Mirai: Asymmetry
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

Andrew Robson

Andrew Robson

February 14, 2020

In this episode, dive into all things deciduous with bonsai professional Andrew Robson of Rakuyo Bonsai, another artist on the cutting edge of American bonsai's evolution. Andrew is not only a bonsai practitioner, but an accomplished musician; listen as Ryan and Andrew explore the dichotomy of Ryan's love of conifers, and Andrew's devotion to deciduous. They examine their thoughts about performing (both musically and in bonsai), their respective apprenticeships, and their passion for native North American species.

Hosted by Ryan Neil
Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

Randy Knight

Randy Knight

February 7, 2020

In this episode of Asymmetry, get to know prolific, world-renowned yamadori collector Randy Knight. Aside from the mysteries of the collection process, Ryan, Randy, and Lime dive into Randy's life with trees, his passions, and his unfailing curiosity about the world around him. 

Hosted by Ryan Neil
Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

CoffeeCast with Todd Schlafer, January 2020

CoffeeCast with Todd Schlafer, January 2020

January 24, 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 Neil

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

Walter Pall

Walter Pall

December 20, 2019

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 Neil

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

Jan Culek & Tom Benda: Pt. 2

Jan Culek & Tom Benda: Pt. 2

December 13, 2019

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 Neil

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

Jan Culek & Tom Benda: Pt. 1

Jan Culek & Tom Benda: Pt. 1

December 6, 2019

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 Neil

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

The Covered Wagon, 2019

The Covered Wagon, 2019

November 22, 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 Neil

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen

 

CoffeeCast with Juniper 3

CoffeeCast with Juniper 3

November 15, 2019

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 Neil

Recorded by Michael Lime Allen