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. Through our biennial flower shows, ArtScapes, we present the artistry of Sogetsu Ikebana
Bamboo Workshop Specialized techniques for working with bamboo.
Participants made several bamboo objects. This was a rare opportunity to learn the techniques of manipulation of larger pieces of cut bamboo. Ron Brown has developed advanced techniques that he taught. Members tried 8 specialized bamboo tools, 2 kinds of bamboo (Black and classic green) and used 3 sizes of Japanese bamboo splitters.