Vases and Ikebana

 A flower vase should be able to present flowers well and celebrate their beauty.  The small necked vase presents one rose, wide lip on a vase spreads the expanse of a large bouquet of lilies.  A big bellied pot allows the stems to criss cross, and separate the flower head.

Many of the vases in this collection are meant to be used for Ikebana arrangements, primarily for the Ikenobo and Ohara schools of Ikebana.

The graceful forms have been a challenge to make, but as I explore the shapes, I learn much about how they offer flowers in their best presentation by using empty space and movement.