New Year's Luncheon - Sogetsu San Francisco Bay Area Branch's annual New Year's Luncheon was held at Agenzen Japanese restaurant January 27th. It was an enjoyable afternoon. Photos to coming soon! Welcome
Welcome to the Sogetsu San Francisco Bay Area Branch. Established March 24 1973, the Branch has over 40 years of presenting and sharing the art of Sogetsu Ikebana with our community. Through the Branch’s programs, we hone our members’ artistic skills, mindful of the words of Sogetsu’s founder, Sofu Teshigahara (1900 – 1979), that “Ikebana is a formative art” which stresses individual creativity. Please look through the galleries and enjoy a selection of Sogetsu members' expression of the art of flower arranging. We hold 10 workshops a year, focused on developing our Sogetsu skills. Recent workshops utilized metal, bamboo and succulents. Through our biennial flower shows, ArtScapes, we present the artistry of Sogetsu Ikebana to the Community.
Metal Sculpture Workshop Specialized techniques creating steel art for Ikebana
The talented Bay Area metal artist, John Toki, hosted the SFBA Branch at his workshop and taught us how to cut and weld steel to make Sogetsu vessels! Sogetsu is known for its innovative lens on ikebana and the Branch members let their inner artist go. Several members declared this "the best workshop ever!" and the results were fantastic. Click here for all photos
At our December Meeting, the talented Karen Zakaria taught theBranchMembers how to make the very trendy Japanese "Kokedama" succulent balls. Fun, relaxing workshop was then followed with a potluck and Vase exchange. Click here for photos from the workshop