My students and I celebrated the last class for the year with 'Ikebana at Home'. The class was held at Nola Bird's house which meant that the students had to work in an unfamiliar environment. Unfortunately a number of the photo's were blurred and I am only able to show you a selection of them. The theme was a 'Christmas Arrangement' and was widely interpreted as you can see.

Maureen Duffy's work below uses silver painted vine floating above an irregularly shaped ceramic vessel with orange blossom on one side.

Ellie Welkamp used silver painted wheat ears and red cockscomb (Celosia cristata) with silver tissue-paper in a tall black vase. 

She also created a second work in a small kitchen alcove using red aluminium wire with the cockscomb in a glass bowl. 

In this close up picture it is easier to see that the wire has been arranged asymmetrically creating greater space on the right-hand side of the bowl.

Helen Quarrell, who made the work below, explained that her grandchildren have requested 'rainbow' colours to be the theme of this year's Christmas decorations at their house.

The work below is my gift to our host for the evening. I must confess it does not refer to Christmas. I have used Strelitzia from our garden in a large glass vase of Nola's.

Greetings from Christopher 
1st December 2012

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