Stone Monkey Ceramics
Stone Monkey Ceramics

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About Andrew Pearson the Stone Monkey.

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I have been making ceramics since 2002. My interest first started with Bonsai in 1993 of which the pot is an intrinsic part of the finished image. I was introduced to Ceramics and I had a go at making my own pots and with a lot of time and practise I started to get better. After purchasing a small electric kiln, I started to make, glaze and fire Bonsai pots. At first, I made them for my own enjoyment and for my own trees, however members of my local Bonsai club started to ask for pots for their trees and I also sold some to a local Bonsai Nursery.

I gained a lot of inspiration from other great Potters and this drove me to search for my own individual style, however Japanese ceramics always, and still does, have a huge influence over me. Over the years I attended several courses at colleges and universities in my quest to improve and better myself. These courses have included throwing pots and glaze formula. In the early part of 2003 I purchased a potter's wheel and a 9 cubic foot gas kiln. Again, there was another learning curve with new glaze recipes and reduction firing. Eventually I progressed enough to sell my Bonsai ceramics all over Europe via shows and also from my website under the name of Stone Monkey Ceramics

I also have a huge interest in Studio Ceramics and I am just starting to deviate from the field of Bonsai Ceramics on a different but complimentary journey. I am an avid fan of the "Leach Tradition" as this  stemmed from the Japanese ethos of producing pottery of which I try to portray in my work. I love subtle lines and quite forms and the ceramic pieces I create must have  "Wabi-Sabi", beauty in in-perfection and aged things. In 2010 I saw the Japanese potter Ryoji Koie at a demonstration at the V&A Museum, he had a huge impact on the way I work now and how I approach the clay. I like to think now that my ceramics have a voice and are an extension of me, embodying a little of my way of freedom, spirit and life.


Bonsai ceramics form the backbone of my repertoire and it is a form that I associate closely with and very much love. The Japanese write Bonsai with two Kanji, the first meaning pot and the second meaning planting. One without the other is not Bonsai and the pot in which the tree sits is an essential part of the finished image


In 2015 I was humbly accepted to enter pots in the prestigious Gafu Ten show in Tokyo. I was privileged to have been awarded the Gold Award for the unglazed category of bonsai pots


Pottery CV

Bonsai Ceramics:


The Noelanders / Best of Trophy Show, Genk, Belgium: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 , 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018 & 2019

Best of British Bonsai Expo, Birmingham, UK: 2009 & 2011

Joy of Bonsai Expo, Bath, UK: 2010

Bonsai World Expo, Crawley, UK: 2011, 2013 & 2015

French Bonsai Expo, Plourhan, France: 2010

Bonsai Traders Association Shows, UK: 2009, 2010 & 2011

European Bonsai Association Show, Ostend, Belgium: 2007

Natural Flux Exhibition, Brick Lane Gallery, London 2013

Shohin UK, Bristol, UK: 2013 & 2015

Spirit of Shohin, RHS Wisley, Surrey, UK: 2016

Swindon Winter Image Show, Swindon, UK: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2023 & 2024

Bonsai Europa, Bury, UK: 2015 & 2017

Gafu Ten Bonsai Show, Tokyo, Japan: 2015 & 2016

Founding the Triskele group together with Tom Benda and Thor Holvila 2015

Supplier of Bonsai Ceramics to Ryan Neil at Bonsai Mirai, Portland Oregon 2019 - 2023

Bonsai Show Live 2022 01 & 02 10/22

Bonsai Expo UK 2021 & 2023

Heathrow Bonsai Show 2016, 2017,2018, 2019, 2021 & 2023




Gold Award in the "Unglazed Category" at the 40th Gafu Ten Show Japan 2015




4th British Shohin Exhibition Book 2009

Best of British Bonsai Book 2009

Best of British Bonsai Book 2011

Esprit Bonsai Magazine 2010 & 2011

Bonsai Focus Magazine 2015 & 2017

Kinbon Magazine 2015

Bonsai World Magazine 2017

Bonsai in Conversation Podcast Ep 15 2020

Bonsai Mirai Asymmetry Podcast Ep 169 2021

Bonsai Mirai Asymmetry Podcast Ep 202 2022

You Tube Page: Stone Monkey 

Instagram: stonemonkey1968

Facebook: Stone Monkey Ceramics


Triskele Bonsai Pottery Tours:



Czechia: 2018

UK: 2019

USA (Bonsai Mirai): 2022

Sweden: 2023

Spain: 2024