Over the centuries, the Japanese art form called Ikebana has grown to become a modern form of expression around the world. Once limited to Japan, Ikebana is now a category in many international flower shows. It aims to bring nature and humanity together through an intriguing form of flower arrangement that is thoroughly unique.
What is the history of Ikebana?
This distinctive art of flower arrangement got started in fifteenth-century Japan. Over the centuries, Ikebana has been transformed into a highly cultivated form of expression that is anything but extinct.
Today Ikebana is practiced by numerous master practitioners in varying schools of thought. Three of the most influential teachers or senseis in the Japanese-American community are Ikenobo, Sogetsu and Ohara. While living in Los Angeles, each has received the highest levels of certification from their respective headquarters in Japan. But Ikebana is not limited to master artists; it is something that can be learned and practiced by anyone with an interest.
Contemporary art and Ikebana have certain affinities and mutual influences, making it one of the most unusual ways to use flowers in a creative way. Unlike traditional flower arranging, Ikebana uses flowers to illustrate such issues as composition, shadow, depth, ephemerality and color, using the flower itself as a powerful form of ornamental imagery.
The Ikebana vase
With competitive Ikebana artists, the vase or “vessel” is just as important as the arrangement itself. Handcrafted and hand-glazed in a Lotus Flower shape, this fine porcelain vase is shaped by skilled artisans. Available from Chopa.com, this one blends rich shades of ivory and soft sea green extending from the base of the piece to the softly-folded outer edges. It also features a kenzan frog, which securely holds the stems and keeps your blooms fresh for up to 3 weeks. Because they are handcrafted by artisans, no two Ikebana vases are exactly alike. This makes each one a unique sculpture that complements your flower arrangement without overpowering it.