To create an ikebana arrangement you need a variety of flowers and branches, a kenzan, a vessel for it to sit in, and scissors for cutting the stems.
The kenzan is the key to the ikebana arrangement, it is a metal floral tool that is weighted and spiked and they are available in different sizes. The flower stems sit atop the spikes and the kenzan is immersed in water inside the vessel.
I arranged my store bought bouquet from Trader Joes inside a ceramic vessel glazed in matte black that I made at my pottery studio. I made this simple sculptural creation using fall stems.
Ikebana dates back many centuries in Japan. It is the meditative art of arranging standing stems into an asymmetric floral sculpture. Density, line, color, and flow are the elements to consider when forming harmonious ikebana arrangements.
I bought this black kenzan on Amazon, you can find them there, or online at different floral sources.
I’m always intrigued when I see creative artistic expression in forms unfamiliar to me. Last week, I was browsing Pinterest and happened across a series of floral arrangements in the Japanese style of ikebana.