As a general rule of thumb, the grade apogee of an Ikebana sandblast is a ‘C’; it just takes something off-the-hook extraordinary for a blast to be awarded a ‘CD’. Well, how about the first natural finish Ikebana we have been privileged to offer? Point of interest: after scanning our archives, followed by a global search in both English & Japanese, I was about 80% ‘there’ towards declaring this to be the first natural Ikebana on the market. Only a combination of my fear of absolutes, as well as the remote possibility that a non-internet dealer, somewhere, might harbor one, turned my inner declarative samurai into a spineless jellyfish.
After all that, ultimately, the CD stamp worn by this beauty comes down to a combination of shape and grain, and a worthy combination it is. Smaller, lithe and gracile, the shaping sensibilities of this bent Brandy reflect what I have already come to think of the ‘Asami aesthetic’; creating a playful and delightful sense of the natural within symmetrical framework. The grain? To my mind it’s as fabulous in quality as it is appropriate to the form. Then again, only your opinion counts, so what do you think?
--R. ‘Bear’ Graves