How Important is The Vase to the Ikebana Arrangement?
Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arranging. It is an ancient art that is still very popular around the world and in particular Japan. When deciding on the type of arrangement the practitioner of Ikebana will plan the design and what flowers to use to achieve the look they are after. The Ikebana vase is also a very important part of the final design and should be considered very carefully when planning.
There are many different types of containers which are especially designed for Ikebana flower arranging but the Ikebana enthusiast should not be limited to these only. It’s always fun to use your imagination and seek out objects in your environment that might work with your flowers. Baskets, kitchenware, watering cans, unusual glasses can all be used to great effect. Be sure to consider the shape, size, color and and texture so that the Ikebana vase matches the intended floral materials.
When selecting the Ikebana container you must consider everything that will surround the arrangement as well such as the situation where it will be displayed. A small table would call for a small delicate vase whereby a lobby area with a dramatic arrangement would be better suited to a large dramatic container.
The containers used in Ikebana can be made of all types of materials from stoneware and pottery to glass and basketry. The Japanese bronze sunabachi is also a magnificient vessel for a dramatic arrangement although not affordable for everyone since most of them are antique and quite pricey. This is an image of a traditional Sunabachi….really lovely.
The school of Ikebana chosen will also have some determination about the Ikebana container you use. Each school has it’s own rules and most people select a style from one of the schools and study within it’s guidelines for many years.