Ian Baillie Weekend


It’s with great pleasure that we welcome Ian Baillie over to Northern Ireland between Friday 10th and Sunday the 12th of February. Ian was recently featured in Esprit Bonsai Magazine seen below.


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Some more of Ian’s pots can be viewed here.

Ian will be joining us from his native Scotland with a car packed full of pots for our members to purchase. However, that is just a small part of what the trip is about. The NIBS is keen to make 2017 a year focused on learning and this is our first instalment. The weekend is designed to increase our knowledge of pots, potting and aesthetic design. Here is the run down of events available.

Friday 10th February 8-10pm @Cregagh Community Centre

Ian will be offering a wide selection of pots for sale at the centre and this will be your opportunity to get first pick of his wares.

The main feature of the evening will be Ian talking about his four decades of experience creating Bonsai and how this has led him into the world of bonsai ceramics. Ian will be also be showing us a selection of pots from potters across Europe and comparing them to Japanese/Chinese pots. This will be illustrated using pots from his own personal collection.

This session will cost £5 per head, payable at the door. No need to book ahead.


Saturday 11th February 10am to 4 pm @ Newtownards

Again Ian’s pots will be available to buy during the day.

Ian will start in the morning with a talk about matching trees to pots helping us to appreciate the aesthetics of bonsai and selecting a suitable pot for a tree. Members are encouraged to bring trees along for discussion during this portion of the day. Ian will also cover aspects of repotting and how the design of the pot can impact on the options for individual trees.

A snack lunch of soup and sausage rolls will be served.

After Lunch Ian will hold an open demo on repotting either potting trees brought by attendees into his pots selected by him or into pots brought by members.

The cost of this session will be £15 per head (lunch included.) , please book asap via email to info@nibonsai.co.uk 

Sunday 11th February 10am to 4pm @ Newtownards

Sunday’s session will be a styling and repotting workshop with Ian sharing knowledge gained in close to 40 years as a bonsai practitioner. Spaces are limited to 10 people and a snack lunch is included.

Again Ian’s pots will be available to buy during the day.

Workshop places will cost £30 per head and will be filled on a first come first served basis.Book asap via email to info@nibonsai.co.uk