Handmade Ikebana Container - 5” Slanted Square Vase - 1208-085
- A hand made ikebana container (Japanese Flower arrangement vase) made by Kathy Lee-Arakawa
- Authentic, natural, organic glazing
- Deeper earthy clay tone and rich glaze color
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Artist: Kathy Lee-Arakawa
Material - Clay: Dark Brown Stoneware
Material - Glaze: Gray Drip
Dimension (L x W x H): 6.25 x 3 x 5.75
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.
Hand-build: This container is made by Kathy Lee-Arakawa with her hand-building technique. First clay in flatten to a sheet with roller and dry. When clay is half-dry, texture is applied. Each parts of the container is cut with special knife and carefully assembled without making undesirable marks.
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.
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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
Unique Ikebana Container
The unique design and wood ash glaze makes this vase a natural for ikebana arrangements. I’ve received many compliments and have bought additional ones for gifts. The online ordering is a breeze and shipping/receiving is quick.
Hi Ms. Mori-Zebker, Thank you very much for a wonderful review and a photo of your beautiful arrangement! Thank you very much! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa Thomas
Love the piece. I have purchased pieces over the years from the Arakawa's and always pleased with the quality and service. Here is the picture of two companion pieces I recently purchased.
Hi Ms. Oza, Thank you very much for great review and a photo! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Beautiful artistic pottery at reasonable prices
Arakawa Pottery produces stunningly beautiful dinnerware and ikebana vases for floral arrangements. We selected this beautiful ikebana vase and also some gorgeous, unique oval and rectangular shaped plates for appetizers and main courses. The glaze also shows the special craftsmanship and artisan skills of Arakawa Pottery. We are so happy with our purchases. I highly recommend that you go here to get special pottery that reflects your personal style. Arakawa also supplies the best Japanese restaurants! I highly recommend Arakawa Pottery.
Dear Ms. Knight, Wow, thank you very much for such a great comments. We are honored. Kathy and I will keep up our work to be worthy of your compliments. Thank you very much! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Beautifully crafted piece
This container has a weighted base that stabilizes it even for free-style Ikebana arrangements. The deep blue color with lighter blue accent adds interest without distraction.
Hi Mr. Grantham, Thank you very much for another wonderful review! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
The earth tone color of this container along with its golden accents makes it a striking, yet understated, base for any Ikebana arrangement.
Hi Ms. Grantham Thank you very much for wonderful review! Looking forward to see your arrangement in the future! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Container well designed and made
The shipping and handling are very satisfactory. No leaking. I can not wait to use it for my upcoming library display.
Hi Michelle! Thank you very much for a great review. Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
This suiban container is the perfect size. I especially love the details inside the container!
Hi Michelle! Thank you very much for a great review. And Thank you for sharing a photo of your beautiful arrangement! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Love the clean shape and versatile for me as a very beginner.
Hi Naoko-san! Thank you very much for a great review. And Thank you for sharing a photo of your beautiful arrangement! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Dignified Ikebana vase
This vase is glorious and earthy. I love the swirl design. We put it to use right away for a birthday party Ikebana with pine branch and carnations. Thank you for your skill and creativity.
The very Best
This new finish on the Arakawa pottery is full of texture and subtle color perfect for all kinds of design. Right now it is filled with ten orange and pink big tulips. It is a WOW !! Thank you for my collection of Arakawa containers.
Hi Cynthia! Thank you very much for a great review! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
I am very please with the container. It’s very beautiful, strong and balanced well. I got a lot of compliments for the vase.
Hi Sutthisri-san! Thank you very much for a great review. And Thank you for sharing a photo of your beautiful arrangement! Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
Great products at an affordable price
We went to visit Arakawa pottery, they are located at a beautiful farm area above San Jose. There were no signs at the time so you’ll have to just go up and knock the door, but it was awesome to see the pottery studio as well as the showroom. We got a whole tour of the place which the family really loved, and we bought several containers that we love - the shapes and glazes are unique, we are very happy to look at them every day.
Hi Tore! Thank you very much for a great review. Thomas and Kathy Arakawa
4" Square Vase
I'd like to describe it understated uniqueness. This vase goes with any floral materials. I cannot have enough of works by Thomas+Kathy.
Hi Kiyoe-san! Thank you very much for a great review. Thomas and Kathy Arakawa