Ikebana, one of the traditional arts of Japan, has been practiced for more than six hundred years. It developed from the Buddhist ritual of offering flowers to the spirits of the dead. By the middle of the 15th Century, with the emergence of the first classical styles, Ikebana achieved the status of an art form independent of its religious origins, though it continued to retain strong symbolic and philosophical overtones. What distinguishes Ikebana from simpler decorative approaches is its asymmetrical form and the use of “empty” space as an essential feature of the composition. I’m inspired by the use of space and movement in the arrangements. Though the many formal characteristics of arrangements, such as Rikka, Shoka, Heika, Nagieri, free-form, are difficult for me to understand, I’ve been enjoying the exploration of the forms of these elegant vases.
I offer several Ikenobo and Ohara style Ikebana containers for sale in my my Etsy Shop, the shop page on this website. The vases here featured are all available for purchase. Special orders can also be arranged.
The beautiful arrangements shown in these vases are by Jose’ Juico. One afternoon, he graciously came to my studio and made these arrangements for this newest crop of Ikebana vases, fresh from the kiln. He put together the flowers, seemingly effortlessly. At one time, he picked up his clippers, I thought, to trim some of the leaves to open up the arrangement. Instead, he clipped the largeflower. It, of course, was the right move to create the space and movement to make the arrangement come alive!
Periodically, Jose’ and I offer classes in my studio, making vases (me) and learning about the art of flower-arranging (Jose’). Check out my classes page on this website for offerings.