Handmade Ikebana Container Onigiri Comport 0128-018
- A hand made ikebana container (Japanese Flower arrangement vase) made by Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
- Authentic, natural, organic glazing
- Deeper earthy clay tone and rich glaze color
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Artist: Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Material - Clay: Shigaraki-ish Stoneware
Material - Glaze: Wood Ash
Dimension (L x W x H): 9 x 4.75 x 3.75
Hand Made Process
Design: We design each containers with functionality, usability and harmony in mind. The color and tone is kept low-key but interesting and authentic for the reason. We improve the functionality and ease of use of our containers through working with hundreds professionals and artists.
Throwing and Hand-build: This container is made on the potter's wheel by Thomas Arakawa individually. Shaping the form is done by just fingers and measure several times to make sure the dimensions are close to desirable size. When the piece is half dry state like leather-hard, the piece is hand over to Kathy Lee-Arakawa for hand-building process.
Glazing: Thomas and Kathy apply glaze individually by hand in order to get the authentic, natural, organic aesthetics. Each glaze has unique particular thickness and clay body selection makes variety of tones. We monitor specific gravity of the glaze (ratio between glaze and water) and application method and timing.
Firing: The container is finished with our high-fire reduction firing process which brings the deeper earthy clay tone and rich glaze color. During this 13-hours-long firing process, we reduce the oxygen level inside the kiln in varying degree from 1600F to 2300F. The result of the firing also depend on how kiln are loaded. The density and negative space between the pottery create channel for the flame to travel in various speeds. We use our understanding of the nature/tendency of flame in the kiln to control the atmosphere which each pottery should be in. As a result, our containers holds a low-key but complex deeper tone.
Water Testing: We test our containers by filling up with water for 24 hrs and check if there is any leak. However, it is hand made product so we cannot say 100%. But we have sold over 2000 containers and just few has water leaks/sweating problems and we replace all containers with leak with new containers. So we are confident that there would not be any issues.
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Love the color of glazing! It brings up the color of flowers so beautifully. Also,I like the size, it’s easy to change water after you make an arrangement.
I couldn’t find perfect shape and quality Ikebana containers until I bought this. This container is just perfect and the one I’ve been looking for!
Elegant ikebana container
The piece is hefty but sleek. The navy tone is deep which brings out the colors of the floral arrangements. Very happy with the purchase!
Waiting to retrieve it from Seattle
With apologies, because you don’t ship to Honolulu, I had the vase sent to Seattle c/o my daughter, Sarah Alderin. I will pick it up on my next trip in April so I am unable to provide a review at this time. One suggestion: is it possible to have you mail items to Hawaii? We have a vibrant Sogetsu Ikebana group here which would love your pottery! Aloha, Sharon Williams
I gave this vase as a surprise gift to a dear friend. It is absolutely beautiful. She was so surprised and happy.
It is very easy to use. Beautiful and functional!
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Both the item and customer service were top notch. I am extremely pleased with the product. We'll see if my wife is the same, when she opens the gift on Christmas Day! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!
Love these containers
I am delighted with the two containers I acquired. I use them together since they are different sizes (4" and 5") and also individually. I would like to have another one in the same glaze which is bigger--at least 2- 3 inches bigger on all sides. It is such a versatile shape.
It is gorgeous! Thank you for created such beautiful quality of work. Prompt shipping and it's carefully packaged. Very happy with my order. Thank you so much!
Hi Ms.Nagayama, Thank you very much for great review. We are glad you like the container. Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Large Eclipse Container
Have not had the opportunity to use the container as of yet. But soon.
Thank you very much Lauie. Looking forward to see your arrangement. Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
5” Ikebana cube
A beautiful and versatile cube for a simple Ikebana arrangement .
Gorgeous Ikebana Container
The separator inside the container is well thought out. There is room inside on each side for adding other means of support. The design on the outside and pearl-like finish is spectacular. The container is a very versatile size, and the color scheme lends itself to many arrangement color and texture schemes. Great container!
Hi Mr. Gray, Thank you very much for the review and photo! Sincerely! Thomas Arakawa
Awesome Monther's Day Gift
Great experience buy in the shop and looks amazing!
Hi Curtis, Wow, looks great! Lucky mom to have such nice son! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Excellent experience with order and delivery as gift!
I was interested in purchasing an ikebana container as a gift for a friend. Thomas and Kathy were both very helpful with suggestions on an appropriate item. They are familiar with the various schools of ikebana and are knowledgeable of styles of arrangements they do. I was very pleased with the suiban they recommended for my friend!
Hi Susan! Thank you very much for a great review! It was nice to see you again! Kathy and I end up visiting the Ikebana International Exhibition on Sunday. Your arrangement looked amazing in person! Looking forward to se you again! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Arakawa Eclipse Ikebana Container - a dream come true!
The Handmade Ikebana Container Eclipse Large is extraordinary - superior balance, weight, design, quality, and inspiration elevate the artistry of ikebana! I have an extensive collection of mid-century ikebana vases and containers; it is exciting to have Arakawa making magic for floral artists here in their U. S. studio. I opened the box and set the Arakawa Eclipse container on a handmade dining table, next to a vintage Lalique bowl under a contemporary crystal chandelier - admiring and waiting for several days to discover what it would bring forth. Rare white king protea and a 3-foot sandblasted manzanita branch are the first of many flowers to be enjoyed in this Eclipse! Thank you, Kathy and Thomas.
Hi Ms. Kozak, Thank you very much for such a great review! Thank you very much! And Thank you very much for showing us a professional arrangement! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Beautiful and elegant
I put a large air plant in this beautiful cube-shaped vase and I just love looking at it so much! It is now a centerpiece on our kitchen island. I so enjoyed meeting the artist at a local market, and I’m so glad I purchased this special item.
Hi Ms. chao Thank you very much for a great review and photo! You told us about your idea of big air plant. Now, I can see it works very well. Thank you very much! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Beautiful Ceramics from Amazing People
They have a great selection of dish ware and vases with innovative shapes and glazes that I’ve never seen before. Their studio is in the hills northeast of San Jose amongst little farms and ranches so any visits turn into a little adventure. Kathy and Thomas are both incredibly warm and welcoming as well as their cute little pup! They’re both great at helping you find what you need and love to talk to you about the pottery and their process. I will definitely be coming back!
Hi Ms. trevorodell99, Thank you very much for the great review! I love your flower arrangement! Beautiful! Looking forward to see you again! Sincerely, Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
A great experience again. Items (2) were delivered on time. They are simply lovely. They enjoy a place of prominence in our living room. Lovely shape; mosaic-like details are a great touch.
Hi Nupur, Thank you very much for a great review and lovey photo! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Beautiful Mini Cylinder Vase
My roses are blooming and are happy in their new vase. Its unique design is elegant and versatile. It is the perfect size for my home. Thank you for your prompt service and delivery.
Hi Pamelia, Thank you very much for a great review! Kathy and I are very happy to see our vase finding a great home! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa