George challenged us to create a Radical Ikebana in one of our Mom’s ceramics. This shallow fish dish with melted glass bottom held just enough water.
Picking up the blue glaze is the elegant Trachystemon orientalis with brilliant blue pointed flowers, a rare shade of blue in nature. Evergreen leaves were removed from the fragrant, fringy white blooms of Sarcacoa and mixed with light green Hellebores foetidus as well as rounded buds of the more common maroon Hellebores.
Our earliest blooming yellow Daffodil, an old-fashioned variety, adds a bright burst of sunshine yellow to the deep blue sea base. A dark maroon Ginger blossom on the left is contrasted by a plump white double Camellia bud and two variegated Arum leaves complete the visual conversation.
Pliable green pine needles which we think of us marks in a drawing with a thick pencil add motion while also holding the water back at a low point in the one-of-a-kind sculpture.
The personality of the vessel always influences the final composition.
To see more of Shirlee Frank’s hand-built ceramics and whistles visit her website.
Season: late-February in Atlanta – Photos: George Skaroulis.com
We call these arrangements Radical Ikebana since we are not trained in Ikebana – the ancient art of Japanese flower arranging – yet many start with the kenzan prong at the base. This arrangement used two kenzans, side by side.
Enjoy this 8-minute video from a true Ikebana master.