Kit-tachi Oh-sumi-kiri Gaku-men Chou-hou (A Type of 8 Sided Pot)

Updated: Oct 8

Kit-tachi Oh-sumi-kiri Gaku-men Chou-hou (8 sided pot)


One of my favorite shapes in Bonsai ceramics is this type of 8 side pot.  It is such a great example of the high quality Chinese ceramics that were produced during the 19th century.  In Japanese, this pot shaped is called: Kit-tachi Oh-sumi-kiri Gaku-men Chou-hou.  What does that mean you say???  Well, here is the break down:

Kit-tachi = Straight sidewall

Oh-sumi-kiri = Big corner cut

Gaku-men = Framed face

Chou-hou = Rectangle

Now that is a mouth full!  But understandable because there is so much going on with this pot.  In other words, this is a very strong feeling pot.  What tree would you put in it?

In this post, I’m going to be sharing some detailed photos of these types of pots made during the 19th and 20th century, both Chinese and Japanese.  Hopefully this post will provide you a bit more information about the wonderful world of Bonsai ceramics and increase your knowledge of what your Bonsai is sitting in all this time.  😉  Well, I’m excited, I hope you are too!










A Japanese Version






Canton and Some Color










One more…







Well there you have it, more information about ceramics in Bonsai.  I’ve got tons of photos of other types of pottery and you can bet more post about them will be coming in the future.

As pottery posts starts to build up, I will be sure to write a post with tips on matching trees to pots. It’s not as difficult as many would think but practice and experience is needed for sure.  My advice during the mean time is to get your hands on some show books and study the tree and pot combinations.  Think about why the combination works or perhaps doesn’t work.  For the most part, a basic guideline can be put together for matching trees to pot, but as good as the guidelines may be, they are full of holes created by exceptions.


Thanks for reading.

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