When I signed up to participate in the Ikebana Container Sale, I didn't realize there was an ikebana display in the gallery at Linekona at the same time. Many people who visited the ikebana display came to the pot sale which was right across the hallway. The sale went pretty well for me and I sold 10 pots. Some potters did much better because they made pots specifically for ikebana, something I've never done. Below I have images of some of the ikebana on display. I'm also including close-ups of some of the pots as well. Ikebana has traditionally been understood in the West as "Japanese flower arranging," but it's more like "Japanese plant arranging." I found out there are different "schools" of ikebana, different philosophies on how to arrange plants, and the Sogetsu school was the one putting on this display. One of the ikebana teachers told me Sogetsu allows people to use found materials, man-made materials, paint, etc. in their arrangements.
I began potting in January of 2012. Because I'm so new to potting, I think I understand the challenges of beginning potters and hope this blog will be encouraging to them and a source of helpful information and comment. I hope you'll join the conversation!