Our pots come from all over the world: China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, as well as most of the plastic pots that are from the U.S.
The JiangSu province of China, where many of our pots are made, is known for its earthenware. They are handmade and hand-decorated, in many cases by many generations in the same families. The high firing temperature of 2370 degrees takes the moisture out of the clay and makes the clay denser and stronger, like stone. For this reason, these pots are frost resistant for all our bonsai friends in the north-country.
Many of our unglazed, plain brown pots, as well as a few of the glazed ones, are from Japan and we have only one or two of them and can't get more. We encourage you to order quickly to ensure that you'll get what you want.
If you have a question about the origins of a pot or its ability to weather the cold, please go to the "Contact Us" link on the homepage and send us an e-mail. We'll get back to you within a day or two.
Our plastic pots with an inventory prefix of SH are the well-known Spring Hollow pots, many of which were designed by David Fukumoto of Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center & Hawaii State Bonsai Repository in Kurtistown, Hawaii (http://www.fukubonsai.com/). These pots are all made of high impact polystyrene that will withstand the coldest or hottest weather. They are perfect for beginner bonsaiists because they can be dropped and won't break like a ceramic pot would. An ideal group of containers for the first potting into a bonsai pot.