In our lessons thus far, we have created Isshuike & Nishuike Shoka Shofutai as well as Shoka Shimputai designs. In this lesson we will focus on Sanshuike Shoka Shofutai (3 materials) and a Free Style emphasizing either lines, dots, surface or mass.
Below are three Sanshuike Shoka designs from our 2017 workshop with Professor Nakamura – please note the different vase styles and the variety of material.
Below are designs from our chapter members emphasizing surface, mass and or lines.
- For the Shoka a Type A container with opening large enough to take a 3″ diameter kenzan is required. Traditional bronze containers are not suitable for the Shoka Sanshuike or Shoka Shimputai arrangements.
- Pebbles to raise your kenzan to within 1/2 inch of the top edge of your container. Pebbles must be no larger than your little finger nail. We will have pebbles available for sale at most Level I lessons for $5.
- For the Free Style you may bring the Ikenobo black and white container or any other container (Type E & F) of your choosing with the necessary kenzan or mechanics.
- Examine the pictures above and bring a variety of line material of your own choosing. for the Free Style arrangement. Please bring enough to share with others. All material will be provided for the Shoka Sanshuike.
- Flowers will be provided for both arrangements.
- Check the Resources page of this website for a list of what to bring to class
- Invitation to Ikenobo – Shoka Shofutai I – pages 34-38
- Joy of Ikebana Ikenobo – Shoka section
- Free Style Curriculum –
- Joy of Ikenobo Ikebana – Free Style section
We arrive at 9AM and set up for class and make any necessary ginza purchases. The lesson begins at 9:30 and you are generally on your way home by 2PM and have probably enjoyed your own bag lunch with us!