My Ikebana: The Nambu Iron Ashtray

Added on by the ikebana shop.

For this arrangement, I used a very unusual "container".  It is an old ashtray made of nambu iron (the same type used for the cast iron teapots.)  I found this ashtray in a flea market in Tokyo.  Though I didn't smoke, I saw its potential to become a flower container!

I wanted to show the fine intricacies of the tiny branches so I made the arrangement short and horizontal so that the viewer may have a closer look.  I also tried to show the "feet" of the snapdragon stems coming out of the container.  It adds a little vertical component to contrast the very horizontal nature of the arrangement.

Here is the whole arrangement.

I hope you like it.  --Miyako