In this quirky vase, from Mashiko, I arranged pine needles only and then added a single purple chrysanthemum.
I then decided to experiment with the pine needles alone. Using them upside down I created a mass by inserting some first into a kenzan then adding individual clusters (fascicles) of needles in such a way that they interlocked and became self supporting. The blue crystalline glaze vase is by Dean Smith, a ceramic artist from Castlemaine in Victoria, and was a gift from an American friend who also practices Sogetsu Ikebana.
Here it is on the shelf in our living room.
Greetings from Christopher
25th May 2013