Each of my vessels is thrown on a wheel. Often they are altered either by squeezing, paddling, or cutting. I especially like to add small “buttons” and handles. Sometimes I find that wire or string enhances the finished product.
Ikebana is the art of Japanese flower arranging. My flower pin frogs are called kenzans in the Japanese language. They are there to secure the plant stem and flower in an upright style which is the most basic of Ikebana arrangements. To create, I take a small wad of clay and slap it on my wedging table until I get a shape which pleases my eye. The “frog” and heavy metal holder are attached with epoxy after the clay top is fired and cleaned. They make the perfect gift for the person who has everything and who likes fresh flowers!