Much like the maxim that is oft applied to a great Darjeeling: “The harder it is to describe what you sense in your cup, the better it is”, I find that many of the most fascinating ‘out of the box’ shapes instantly move my imagination, but are quite recalcitrant when it comes to communicating what I’m seeing/feeling. I wouldn’t have ‘shared’ that, but the Ikebana ‘B’ that you are now looking at, the same one which has me grinning, has the left part of my brain looking at its watch and indicating that it’s headed out for a coffee break.
From the side vantage, this shape ‘feels’ like a ”hishaku”
(water ladle) and, given the juxtaposition of the shank and bit with the top two-thirds of the bowl, we might be okay with that. Still, there is that pesky, wonderfully rounded bottom of the heel and lower bowl, elements which help to create a truly righteous sphere, but say ‘No, thank you for playing.” (Not literally, but you get the idea). Then I noticed the gently sloping rim, and the delicate manner in which Asami creates a subtly widening arc to the same, as it travels from front to back; a microcosm of the very bowl which it crowns. With the preponderance of the weight (what very little there is) shifted to that gorgeous globe, and no sense of counter-pull from the shank and bit, though ‘Nirvana in the hand’ might only be an expression, this Kikuchi original comes awfully close. I know exactly
what this Ikebana is: Wonderful.
--R. ‘Bear’ Graves