Years ago, a friend gave me a lovely little vase with flower pins inside it. Every time I put a few flowers in it, I felt like a bit of an expert in flower arranging. Recently, I started making my own little vases with flower pins inside, and I call them Kenzan Vases.
I asked our local Ichyio Ikebana teacher, Patti Quinn Hill, to do the arrangements for my website photos. After our arranging/photo session, Patti shared with me her collection of Ikebana containers and several books with container photographs. It quickly became clear my little vases barely touched the surface of the world of Ikebana!
I’m now a student in Patti’s classes and I’ve been learning from her and my fellow students what they want for their flower arrangements. Currently, I’m working on suiban and nageire containers.
*Ikebana originated during the sixth century when Buddhism was first introduced to Japan, and the first classical styles of Ikebana started in the middle of the fifteenth century. Buddhist priests were among the first teachers of ikebana. Over many years, Ikebana became a custom among Japanese society. More recently, Americans have appreciated the philosphy of this minimalist approach, as well as the quiet elegance of Ikebana arrangements.