Handmade Ceramic Ikebana Container: Oval Compote, Wood Ash glaze - 1127 – 011
- A hand made ikebana container (Japanese Flower arrangement vase) made by Kathy & Thomas Arakawa.
- Authentic, natural, organic glazing
- Deeper earthy clay tone and rich glaze color
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Artist: Kathy & Thomas Arakawa
Material - Clay: Dark Brown Stoneware
Material - Glaze: Wood Ash
Dimension: L x W x H: 16 x 10.5 x 4.5 (in inches)
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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Loved working with this container for the first time, appreciating the heaviness and strength to hold things at good and interesting angles.
Love it! First arrangement with this container: cherry blossom branches. Prompt shipping, well packaged. Excellent customer service!
This is another PIECE OF ART that just stimulated many ideas of ikebana creativity upon opening the box it came in!!! I am excited!!! I am very happy that I gifted myself with an ikebana vase. I plan on ordering the smaller vases with the same glaze to allow me to use the center holes as the focal point. By adding the smaller cube vase/s in back or front, a very large arrangement can be created. There is so much that can be created! Can't wait! Container is well made and very much worth the price!!!!
Hi Julie, Thank you very much for great review! Kathy and I are very excited to reunite with you after some years! I am so glad you like the container! Sincerely, Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
When an object of art stimulates excitement, creativity within you and leaves you with a feeling of wanting to immediately to add your own individual touches of artistic enhancement for which the art piece (in this case an ikebana container) was created for,THAT IS THE ULTIMATE! From photos seen of the L Square Eclipse Arakawa Vase, I had no idea that I would have such a strong positive reaction. To say the least - I love it!!!!!!! There are so many ways to arrange with it!!!! I understand that Kathy Arakawa of Arakawa Pottery is the designer of the container. Kathy worked with and implemented the experience of ikebana teachers into her design. NO WONDER IT REALLY IS TRULY A PIECE OF ART!!! One suggestion: either thicken the two supporting bridge bars at the top of the vase OR add a note that the vase should ot be pulled by the bars when removing from packing materials or moving it around. The vase should be held with both hands to avoid potential support bar breakage. Experience has taught me that pieces of art must always be treated with care and admiration. Treat it like a high priced piece of jewelry.
Hi Julie, Thank you so much! Your excitement drive us to make more containers and keep improving our work! Thank you very much for the suggestion! We will make suggested improvement on next container! Sincerely, Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
The on-line purchase was straight forward and easy. My package arrived within a day or two and in perfect condition. I also purchased two smaller vases which I love. The workmanship is beyond compare. I couldn’t be happier.
Hi Ms. Kendall, Thank you so much for great review! This container is made by my wife, Kathy. She is very excited to hear that you are happy with her work and packing still! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
The vase has many faces-gentle, strong, serious, and humorous.
Hi, Momoyo-san! Thank you very much for sharing photo of you beautiful arrangement and a great review! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
White lava graze is so beautiful! I also like the little touch of the brown graze. Thank you.
Hi Yocum-san, A beautiful arrangement! Thank you very much for a great review. And thank you for enjoying our imperfections as a feature! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Arakawa Pottery is the BEST! I have purchased 14 pieces in various shapes and glazes. The craftsmanship is superb. Tom and Kathy offer the best product design and customer service in the United States. Each piece is wrapped and shipped with great care. I am so delighted to support these artisans.
Hi Amy, Thank you very much for wonderful review! Wow, 14 pieces in little one year. Thank you very much! We already miss going to east cost. And, we are looking forward to introduce your triangle vase soon!
The use of the vase is excellent due to opening at both ends which makes it very versatile. It is great for long stem and tree branches. The color was not exactly what I expected. I thought it had gold or metallic highlights rather than brown but still is beautiful.
Hi Allison, Thank you very much for great review, and sharing your beautiful arrangement! I am so sorry the color was not what you expected. Something Kathy and I can improve in the future. Let us know if you would like to exchange. We will try our best.
Love wood ash glaze. Also the design of the vase is so pretty. I would like to see in different color and a few inches smaller. Thank you.
Thank you very much Emiko-san. We will work on the size for the next version!
Love wood ash glaze. It gives an elegant look on an arrangement. Perfect color and size. I would like to purchase white one too. Thank you.
Emiko-san! Thank you very much! A beautiful arrangement!
Will not be using these lovely containers until May 2021. Thank you .
Thank you very much, Ms. Wareham!
I have been buying ikebana containers from Thomas and Kathy for a number of years now. They really understand the specifics of ikebana work and produce a variety of hard to find shapes in traditional Japanese colors. Service is always excellent.
Hi Ms. Luchanskaya, Thank you very much for the good review and photos of your beautiful arrangements. And thank you very much for supporting us. We will keep working hard and make ikebana vase that meet your expectations! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
container is is beautiful, very high quality as is always the case from Arakawa Pottery.
Hi Lisa! Thank you very much for the good review. We are so happy you liked it! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Wonderful green glaze with a patch of pattern and unusual shape. I used equisetum in it to riff on the pattern along with small peace lily flowers and new leaves.
Mr. Sengel, Thank you very much for the good review! We noticed that the green glaze is your favorite! We will make more of them! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Varying heights allow for a single arrangement using all three or can be used individually. The cutout makes arranging easy.
Mr. Sengel, Thank you very much for the good review! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
This works beautifully on my dining table for a low arrangement you can see other diners over. Lovely glaze. Have camellias from my yard in it now.
Mr. Sengel, Thank you very much for the good review. Kathy and I are very happy to see your arrangement! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa