Ikebana, the Japanese art of arranged flowers is a simplified and stylised aesthetic in which all elements of a composition combine to make a harmonious whole.
Guided by precision, a core value of Japanese culture. This class will explore the ethics of Ikebana, through the medium of hot glass and glass blowing.
Beginning with the simple bubble, students will be shown how to design and develop containers that have an intended purpose, before using their finished glass work in personal Ikebana arrangements.
The significant Japanese narratives of harmony, respect, purity and tranquillity will be carefully explored throughout the class. Culminating in a collaborative traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.
Makiko Nakagami is associate professor at Toyamo City Institute of Glass Art in Japan. Toyama City Institute of Glass Art was founded in 1991, and is located on the Northwest coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu on the outskirts of Toyama City between the Tateyama mountain range and the Sea of Japan. Toyama City, as part of the Toyama City Total Planning Project, has begun ‘The Support of Creation of a New Art and Culture’ and has been working hard to create a supportive structure and community for glass artists to work within.
Makiko creates simple blown glass tableware and vessels designed designed for eating and drinking and also for plants including simple Ikebana traditionally used for Japanese flower arrangements.