Kusamono / Kokedama workshop



Attend a Kusamono and/or Kokedama workshop with Young Choe, one of the top kusamono/kokedama artists in the country! See description below for dates and times. Options include in-person and Zoom attendance.

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Attend a Kusamono and/or Kokedama workshop with Young Choe, one of the top kusamono/kokedama artists in the country!

Kusamono is one of the fastest growing Japanese art forms in the country. Translating as “grass thing”, it began with flowers, grasses and other plants being displayed along with bonsai trees. Now, it has grown into an art form of it’s own and often referred to as shitakusa when displayed along with a bonsai tree.

Kokedama, or moss-ball, is a related art form and tends to be a simpler planting with the root ball covered in moss and set on a slab pot, flat, or tray.

In these beginners workshops, participants will learn about kusamono and kokedama history, design concepts, and care. Young will demo creating these exciting pieces and then lead the in-person participants in the creation of their very own kusamono or kokedama! All materials are supplied including plants, soil, and a hand-made pot from April Grigsby Ceramics!

Three Workshops to Choose From!

Saturday, January 29
Kokedama, 10am-noon, $50
Kusamono, 1pm-3pm, $75

Sunday, January 30
Kusamono, 10am-noon, $75

Attend both sessions on Saturday and be invited to a private reception (Saturday 4pm-6pm) with Young Choe and ceramicist April Grigsby!

Willoway Nurseries, Inc.
4534 Center Rd.
Avon, OH 44011

Zoom sessions ($30) also available! (Zoom participants not eligible for the reception)


About the Artists

Young Choe

Young Choe is a kusamono artist who studied traditional art in her native Korea before moving to the United States and earning her BS in horticulture from the University of Maryland. While volunteering at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, she brought her artistic talent together with her knowledge of horticulture to create kusamono. As her interest developed, Young traveled to Japan to study the unique art form with the master kusamono artist, Keiko Yamane, a former student of Saburo Kato. She worked for many years with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) including the U.S. National Arboretum. Young is considered a leader in the field and enjoys conducting workshops and lectures nationally as well as internationally.



April Grigsby

April’s love for clay began as a little girl when her parents enrolled her in her first ceramic class at the age of 4. That’s when her life long interest and love for clay began.

She graduated with a BFA with a major in ceramics from the Columbus College of Art & Design and worked as a potter, graphic artist and muralist over the next 30+ years. In 2002, she entered two pots in the 2nd National Juried Bonsai Pot Exhibition and won a second place in the traditional category.

Her pots are fired in both an electric kiln and an updraft gas kiln and she lives in the Cleveland, Ohio area.