Ana Veler wrote:
I keep coming accross this idea - growing various plants in carefully assorted substrate [including pottery], with the goal to create a living 'object' intended as a visual aid for the contemplation of nature.
There are quite a few variations on the theme - some established practices have recognizable names ['kusamono' comes to mind], others are innovations of particular artists meant as an introduction to or simply a side-kick to practicing bonsai. Sometimes, this idea seems to have been developed commercially as a deferential shorthand version of the [seriously] more demanding bonsai practice, one that does not require diminishing the notion of bonsai for the sake of a broader appeal [a fallacy turned on a few faces around this forum].
I have no 'bottom line' to propose to this. Just a thought...
My comment is precisely aimed at the posted item presented as a Shohin. The piece is more in the accent category and I do think it is a pity if people do not understand the differences.
Shortcuts to bonsai are not helping the art to develop, so better tell the truth and seeking the best possible, also when it is not easy. The Kalanchoe can with a little time and trimming be developed as accent - Shitakusa. Kusamono are grasses in pots.