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"In the impermanence of things, the dragons are the waves of time."

The dragons, symbolizing time, are ripping apart the pot, which symbolizes impermanence.

Pot size: 30 cm x 20 cm x 10 cm

Photo: Helmut Rüger



A pair of dragons, trying to snatch the pearl of wisdom from each other.


The pearl or fireball symbolizes the great power of „Yang“, which is the elementary force that stands at the beginning of life, it must be controlled with body and spirit. The three centers in which this power resides are in the abdomen, in the heart and between the eyebrows.

The taoist cult is nothing else than the care for those powers inside.  From this abdominal power the two others emerge. This is the elementary force “Yuangi” the dragon plays with.

 "The three treasures" of the human body: sperm essence, breath and spirit.



At the bottom of the lake lies a lonely broken bonsai pot, small crabs play on it.

 An ideal hiding place.


 It was a special honour for me to create this little pot for the memory of the 4th WBCM in 2002 in Munich. The „bonsai peace dove“ on the front side was designed by my potter colleague Dan Barton from Bristol / England.

 There are only 100 copies of this little pot with the peace dove on it.



The flower shape of the pot gives an elated feeling. Small cloud-shaped feet complete the harmony of the pot. The drainage holes are shaped like falling petals.

The pot still has the taste of fire. In daily use for years it will obtain a beautiful patina.

The small pot, planted with a tree, stands in the tokonoma in Mr. Daizo Iwasaki’s house. Mr. Iwasaki is one of the most famous bonsai collectors of Japan.

Photograph by Morten Albek, Denmark


New photographs and text by Harald Lehner, November 2009.

This small chinese Juniper was planted in September 2001 by Mr.Yuji Hoshikawa, the first bonsai master of the Takasago-an bonsai garden of Mr. Daizo Iwasaki. Since then the tree stands in this special pot by Peter Krebs with the peace-dove logo designed by Dan Barton and is placed in the small reception room of the guest house.

The pot is number 1 of 100. This pot was my present for Mr. Iwasaki who came as a guest to visit the 4th World Bonsai Convention in Munich. A lovely tree which has already developed a slight patina over the years.



Photographs and text by Harald Lehner 



If people in China go to visit somebody, they will bring him a present.

Decor: bat – annual pot of 1996 – front side


Back side

It would be too vulgar to tell the host in words what the visitor wishes him. The presentee must find out for himself by studying the present. A vase, a pot or a plate decorated with symbols can very subtly, without being impolite, transmit the wishes oft the guest.

Decor: butterfly – annual pot of 1997 – front side

Back side

In contrast to European symbols the symbol language of the Chinese is immense. Even the colour of the wrapping paper has symbolic power. People wish each other good luck, health and prosperity by using symbols.

Decor: birds – annual pot of 1998 – front side

Back side

The idea to make little present pots like these came to me during conversations with my friend Marc Noelanders.

Decor: dragonflies – annual pot of 1999 – front side

Back side

Decor: god of happiness – annual pot of 2000 – front side

Back side

Therefore these pots wear both our seals. The little CHINA-EDITION consists of five pots with different symbols. Bat, bird, butterfly, dragonfly and the god of happiness. Those are symbols which are found on nearly every old Chinese bonsai pot. The edition is limited to 50 pieces each and numbered from 1 to 50.



The „millennium pot“ was created at the turn of the millennium for the magazine BONSAI ART.

On the front side there is a small potter seal, on the bottom side again a potter mark, a seal of BONSAI ART, the number of the pot and the writing "Milleniumschale". Handmade pot in limited edition of 100 pieces. Measurements: 17 cm x 11,7 cm x 5 cm

The simple thing

Is the result

Of a long process.

This pot is a replica of an approximately 80 years old pot from Yixing (China). The plainness of the shape is the result of a consequent reduction to the essential.

This pot still has the taste of fire. In daily use for years it will obtain a beautiful patina. Then it will develop its true value; not the monetary but the sentimental value.

Translation: Heike van Gunst



Hand made - Diameter: 12 cm x 12 cm height - fired to ca. 1220°C

In the 13th century, in one of the great monasteries of Japan, a monk painter created scrolls with Buddhist or secular topics. Among others, the four scrolls with "Choju-giga" (satirical pictures of animals) are particularly famous. They are kept in the monastery Kozan-ji in the mountains northwest of Kyoto.

The first part, from which the scene on the pot is taken, consists of a series of compositions depicting humorous games of anthropomorphized animals. Monkeys, rabbits and frogs appear up as swimmers, archers, horsemen and wrestlers. The point is that in these games, the weaker one always wins over the stronger.


Since the drawings don't contain any text, there are different ways to interpret these scenes.


Peter Krebs


Here's a Wiki page on these scrolls with more information and additional pictures:



Translation: Stefan Ulrich