Flowerspots are indispensable complement to the cultivation and exhibition of bonsais.  These form an integral part of the unique aesthetics of the whole. They must be proportionate to the size and quality of each tree. The shapes and the materials used are extremely varied, but they must fulfil exacting requirements in order to resist the inclemency of the weather. Their aspect and colour varies from matte to glossy and from black to white. Those of Chinese origin are often adorned with scenes and texts referring to the plant grown in them. In some cases they are designed for a particular bonsai, such as those destined to holding woods or landscapes.

In ancient times, potters or ceramists modelled them with special clay and baked them in wood fire kilns, as with stoneware or chinaware. These craftsmen would sign them with their seal or their name. Some regions were specialised in this production; both in Yixing (China) and Tokoname (Japan) there were numerous potters, some of whom were in high demand. Presently, the pots are produced in a more industrialised fashion, but tradition is still preserved. In Europe (The United Kingdom) there also exist potters whose pots are in high demand. We have on exhibit in the Garden a varied display of ancient, modern and working pots.          
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