C California Style

Tree Huggers

by C California Style

Ceramicist Jonathan Cross and Bonsai artist Ryan Neil dream up a series of natural beauties

A hotbed of dynamic design exchanges, Casa Perfect, the Los Angeles outpost of David Alhadeff’s The Future Perfect gallery, is showcasing a collaboration between Twentynine Palms-based ceramicist Jonathan Cross and Warren, Ore.-based Bonsai Mirai artist Ryan Neil. Sold exclusively at the Casa Perfect showroom starting in May, the designs feature one-of-a-kind vessels made from stoneware clay with elements of iron, sand and granite. “I wanted to balance a sense of the ancient with the modern—natural with man-made,” says Cross. The ornamental trees hold their own atop the statement-making bowls, and the allure goes beyond aesthetic. “Bonsai has such a strong element of meditation and carefulness, it feels right at home with how Californians are living,” Alhadeff says. By appointment only. 323-202-2025; thefutureperfect.com.

Photography courtesy of BONSAI MIRAI.


This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of C Magazine.