My students and I have been especially busy over the past week setting up our work for the opening of the ninth Ikebana at Qdos exhibition. This year our unifying concept was to use the colour yellow or to use curving lines in the works we created. The ceramics produced by Graeme Wilkie included a great variety of forms. The glazes and surfaces were mostly warm earthy tones that we were able to complement with the botanical materials we had chosen.

These first two images are of Graeme addressing the approximately 70 people who attended the opening. 

An opening address was given by Wayne Crothers, one of the curators of Asian Art from the National Gallery of Victoria. He spoke about the Japanese aesthetics that underpin the type of ceramics that Graeme Wilkie creates and that connects to the principles of Sogetsu Ikebana.

Below is an example of one work by each of my students and me in the exhibition.

Above is an arrangement of sweeping lines of willow and arum lilies in a shino-glazed vessel, created by Nola Bird.

This work was created by Ellie Welkamp using three circles divided by lines of poplar branches, areas of coloured paper and open space. The narrow porcelain cylinder is incised with cross-hatched lines in pale blue-grey against a warm orange surface.

Here Helen Quarrell has used lichen covered branches, dried lotus leaves and green orchids with a yellow centre in a large irregularly faceted vase that stands on three inverted conical feet.

Christine Denmead has used branches of weeping elm and orange clivia flowers in a tall, narrow vessel with a grey-green surface and occasional orange markings.  

I made this morimono ('piled things') work, using lemons and an agave leaf supported by a piece of carrot. The playful work sits on a unique slab dish on pyramidal legs. 

Here we are  at the opening: from the left. Nola Bird, Christine Denmead, me, Ellie Welkamp and Helen Quarrell.

Greetings from Christopher 
23rd September 2012
(More exhibition pictures next week)

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