I started my study of ikebana in 1988 while living in Tokyo, Japan and continued with the Ichiyo School of Ikebana when we relocated to London in 1990. During my time in England, I taught, demonstrated, and exhibited ikebana - including ten years as part of the Ichiyo School UK Chapter's award-winning design and arranging team at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show in London. We returned to San Diego in 2003.
In 2010, I was given the rank of Master by the Headmaster (Iemoto) of the Ichiyo School in recognition of my many years studying and promoting the School. I am now a member-at-large of the Ichiyo School and regularly attend workshops in Japan, Europe, and the U.S. I have been teaching ikebana for over 33 years, but continue to learn from my students, colleagues, and Iemoto.
Classes, Demonstrations, Exhibitions
Ikebana Classes 2022-23
I will hold ikebana classes every 2nd and 4th Saturday (except Aug.,
Nov. and Dec.) at 3pm. Classes are held at my house in Coronado, last 60-90 minutes and cost $25/class plus floral materials (if supplied). Please email me for location and confirm attendance by the Thursday before.
Rather than simply a style of flower arranging, ikebana is a totally different way of looking at flowers and nature. Local seasonal floral materials are used to create an impression of a natural setting - one in which all elements are chosen and placed deliberately. Fewer floral materials may be used so that the viewer can see and appreciate the beauty of each individual bloom, leaf, and branch. Creating an arrangement is a meditation exercise.
The Ichiyo School was founded in Tokyo in 1937 to create an original style of ikebana that would suit modern lifestyles and environments. The Ichiyo approach follows two concepts: an arrangement must consider and relate to the environment/setting in which it is created and displayed; and it must reflect the personality of the arranger. In this way, an arrangement becomes a means of artistic expression, not just flowers in a vase.
The Ichiyo Curriculum consists of four basic Courses (Primary, Secondary, Advanced, and Research) with 20 lessons in each course. Each lesson creates one arrangement, but more than one lesson may be covered in a class. The lessons are designed to give a solid foundation in the basic arrangement styles and to help develop the artistic confidence of the arranger/student. For the more dedicated student, there are Instructor and Post-Instructor Courses. Certificates are earned at the completion of each Course to ensure that the student is prepared for the next level.
Coronado 365 Magazine
Look for Pages 34-39 to view my article in the April 2022 issue