“Any man-made interventions in the life of a rock – moving it to a new location, naming the rock, fitting it into a stand – should demonstrate creativity and contribute to a narrative about the interaction between man and the natural world.”

Hao Sheng Curator of Chinese Art at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts writing in the catalogue for the exhibition Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition.

All cultures have held certain stones in high regard. In China, however, a tradition of stone collecting and connoisseurship evolved that was unrivaled. In China scholar’s rocks were collected and displayed as far back as the 10th century Song Dynasty. The tradition was introduced into Japan and by the 14th century a distinctly Japanese version was flourishing. The American viewing stone practice, which is barely a half-century old, derives from both the Japanese and Chinese traditions as they have been understood and interpreted by American practitioners. The Viewing Stone Project is a vehicle for the study of these received traditions and the exploration of their present day potential. 

 

Viewing Stone Resources

Bonsai Clubs International (BCI)

Viewing Stone Association of America (VSANA)

California Aiseki Kai