I’ve been enjoying learning about Ikebana and making Ikebana vases primarily for the Ikenobo and Ohara School of Ikebana. There are many schools of Ikebana, and these two are the oldest.

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 arrangements shown in these vases are by Jose’ Juico and students in his class of Ikebana flower-arranging that he conducts in my studio in the spring and summer. An ikebana class will begin at the end of March. You’ll be learning about the aesthetics and techniques of arranging flowers through the Ohara and Ikenobo Schools of Ikebana, and making a vase of your choice to display your arrangements.

For information about the upcoming classes, check out my classes page on this website.