"Ikebana" is from the Japanese ikeru(生ける?, "keep alive, arrange flowers, living") and hana(花?, "flower"). Possible translations include "giving life to flowers" and "arranging flowers".
More than simply putting flowers in a container, ikebana is a
disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together.
Contrary to the idea of floral arrangement as a collection of
particolored or multicolored arrangement of blooms, ikebana often
emphasizes other areas of the plant, such as its stems and leaves, and
draws emphasis toward shape, line, form.
Though ikebana is a creative expression, it has certain rules governing
its form. The artist's intention behind each arrangement is shown
through a piece's color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines,
and the usually implied meaning of the arrangement.
Another aspect present in ikebana is its employment of minimalism.
That is, an arrangement may consist of only a minimal number of blooms
interspersed among stalks and leaves. The structure of a Japanese flower
arrangement is based on a scalene triangle delineated by three main points, usually twigs, considered in some schools to symbolize heaven, earth, and man and in others sun, moon, and earth. The container is a key element of the composition, and various styles of pottery may be used in their construction.
The spiritual aspect of ikebana is considered very important to its
practitioners. Silence is a must during practices of ikebana. It is a
time to appreciate things in nature that people often overlook because
of their busy lives. One becomes more patient and tolerant of
differences, not only in nature, but also in general. Ikebana can
inspire one to identify with beauty in all art forms. This is also the
time when one feels closeness to nature which provides relaxation for
the mind, body, and soul.
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exciting and a new beginning. You can register to the next WORLDWIDE
JELLYWEEK, which takes place from 14th to 20th January 2013 all over the
world. Everybody, who likes to explore collaboration with his local
community and who wishes to connect with collaborative people from all
over the world is invited to join the adventure.
In the last
WORLDWIDE JELLYWEEK in January 2012 there were 223 jellies hosted in 35
countries in 6 continents including Brazil, Japan, New Zealand,
Columbia, Egypt, Kenia, Singapore, Kasachstan, USA and most of the
European countries. It was a breathtaking experience to build up more
personal connections on a global level, to inspire old and new local
communities, to explore together the sense and obstacles of worldwide
collaboration and to connect other sectors and movements with the
worldwide coworking infrastructure. It was all about creating new
synergies, a huge win-win-situation for all participants and a rich
field of open innovation for networks worldwide.
ARE THE QUESTIONS OF JELLYWEEK 2012 ALREADY ANSWERED?
Clay Arts Vegas acknowledges genocide tragedy with One Million Bones contribution
The oft-used saying one death a tragedy, a million a statistic
plays on perception. In reality, a million deaths, particularly when
unjust, equate to a million tragedies. But given the layer of separation
in the comfort of our communities, cultures and homes, tragedy doesn’t
fully sink in until a more tactile experience comes along—the shoes of
Holocaust survivors or, in the case of the One Million Bones project,
human bones rendered from clay. On First Friday last week, Clay Arts
Vegas on Main Street displayed 8,000 bones—toes, ribs, femurs,
vertebrae, jaws and fingers spread out carefully in a parking lot—all of
which will be sent to Washington, D.C., for the One Million Bones
project, designed to acknowledge the millions of lives lost to genocide
and crises in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia and
Burma. Every bone equals $1 designated (up to $500,000) for CARE, a
humanitarian organization fighting poverty in Somalia and the Democratic
Republic of Congo.
Every bone made for the project equals $1 designated (up to $500,000) for CARE.
Members of the "Music for Life Drum Circle" perform outside of Clay Arts
Vegas. To help raise awareness of the ongoing conflicts in Somalia,
Sudan, Uganda and the Congo regions, Clay Arts Vegas exhibited 8,000
hand-made clay bones outside of their building in the arts district on
Main Street, during the First Friday Festival, Nov. 2, 2012. by
Members of "Ballet Mink" perform at Clay Art Vegas. To help raise
awareness of the ongoing conflicts in Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and the
Congo regions, Clay Arts Vegas exhibited 8,000 hand-made clay bones and
held live performances outside of their building in the arts district on
Main Street, during the First Friday Festival, Nov. 2, 2012. by
Members of the "Music for Life Drum Circle" perform while "Nabtry
African" dance interpreters dance. To help raise awareness of the
ongoing conflicts in Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and the Congo regions, Clay
Arts Vegas exhibited 8,000 hand-made clay bones and held live
performances outside of their building in the arts district on Main
Street, during the First Friday Festival, Nov. 2, 2012. by Christopher
Clay Arts Vegas will send its 8,000 clay bones to the One Million Bones project in Washington, D.C. by Christopher DeVargas
Check out the amazing photos by Christopher Devargas
just wanted to share with your members two exciting opportunities here
at Clay Arts Vegas. First we are able to offer "Claycations" if you
sigh up for a classes at the studio while you come to Vegas on vacation
we are able to offer great rates at the Stratosphere resort just 2
blocks from the studio. Classes that include firing are just $16 a
day. We are able to offer a hotel rate of $35 Monday thur Thursday and
$85 on the weekends. This does not include resort fees and taxes and is
based on availability
Clay Arts Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada is pleased to host "RAISE A CUP OF CHEER" a national juried art exhibition, January 4 -January 28, 2013 at Clay Arts Vegas' Victor F. Keen Gallery in Las Vegas, Nevada. “RAISE A CUP OF CHEER” will showcase ceramic drinking vessels by contemporary artists from around the United States.The
focus of the exhibit is on the variety of ways artists create vessels
for “everyday” use, in functional, sculptural, traditional, and
shall have been completed within the last two years. Mixed media works
will be permitted if clay is the primary component. Selections will be
conducted from images of works. Artists may submit up to three entries
with two images (including one detail) of each, not to exceed six
Accepted art work must be available for the entire exhibition, and for sale.
Jurors come from Clay Arts Vegas Staff with invited guest
John Gregg (Clay Arts Vegas wheel and hand building instructor, Alternative firing and kiln tech) John
took pottery classes at Arcadia high school in Phoenix. The major
influence behind his art was his mother, Corrine Mathisen Gregg who was a
prolific artist. After her passing, John returned to pottery in her
memory. Having grown up in Arizona his work is heavily influenced by the
desert south west color and texture. John’s love and understanding of
traditional south west pottery has led him to specializes in alternative
firings. He has studied with Tome Coleman, Don Ellis, and Randy Brodnax
to name a few.
Peter Jakubowski (Clay Arts Vegas Gallery Supervisor, Education Advisor and Design Expert)
Peter comes to fine art and sculpture through an extensive theatre back
round having received his BA in theatre from SUNY Buffalo and an MFA in
design from Temple University. He currently heads the only design for
dance program in the United States at the University of Nevada Las Vegas
and has over 20 years of experience as a professional lighting and
scenic designer. He works in a variety of art mediums and enjoys
sculpture, lapidary, and silver-smithing. His love of clay developed
from the study and collecting of traditional South East folk pottery.
Guest Juror: TBD
There will be no awards for this show
Entry Requirements and Procedures
An artist may enter up to 3 works, up to 2 images per work.
There is a non-refundable jury fee of $10 per work entered, payable by credit card or check.
must be JPEG, at 300 dpi (suggested minimums: 800 pixels in either
direction, with maximum file size of 1.0 MB). Each JPEG image must be
titled with the artist’s last name, first name, entry number, and “detail” if you are including a detail image.
If you are submitting a CD, please label with artist’s full name and email address.
Applications must be received by December 8, 2012.
Accepted Art Work to be Delivered to CAV by: December 20, 2012
Hand Delivered Work to The Clay Arts Vegas: December 27 – December 30, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, January 4, 2013
Pick Up Art Work: February 4, 201310-5pm @ CAV
Delivery and Return of Work
All artists who have a work accepted into the exhibit will be E-Mailed instructions for
shipping, dropping off, return shipping, and pick-up of artworks.
Shipping costs are a sole responsibility of the artist both to and from the gallery.
weight of an individual piece should not exceed 75 lbs. All work must
be properly prepared for display. CAV will not be held responsible for
work submitted to the exhibit which is improperly packaged for handling.
No accepted entries may be withdrawn prior to the close of the
exhibition. CAV will keep images of all accepted work and may make the
images available to the public for publicity, documentation, and
educational purposes before, during, and after the scheduled exhibit.
Please note and record the number of parts or pieces per entry. Please
make sure each work is identified with the following information:
artist name, title, media, price, and phone number.
Insurance and Liability
All work must have a declared insurance value that must not exceed the selling price if the work is for sale.
will insure responsibility for the piece during the exhibition (between
delivery and pick up dates), but will not be responsible for any work
delivered in damaged condition. You will be notified if work arrives
damaged. Artists will be responsible for insurance during shipping both
to and from the exhibition.
40% commission is retained by CLAY ARTS VEGAS on each work sold during
the exhibition. For every piece sold, a check will be issued by CLAY
ARTS VEGAS and mailed to the artist within one month of the end of the
show. Work not for sale must be marked NFS, but a value must be stated
for insurance purposes.
artists will be notified of the jurors’ decision via e-mail. All
accepted work will remain as placed by the installation team and may not
be withdrawn before the close of the exhibit. If the piece is of a
delicate nature or easily damaged, the artist may be asked to assist the
exhibition staff in the installation of that work. The jurors may
exercise the right to reject any work not accurately represented by the
image submitted or work that fails to meet eligibility requirements.
Rights and Reproductions
reserves the right to use submitted images or to photograph and
reproduce, in color, black and white, or video, all entries accepted to
the exhibition regardless of copyright. Photographs and/or reproductions
may be used for educational and/or publicity purposes only.
Full Name (as you want it to appear): _________________________________________