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Did you know that creating an Ikebana arrangement has a meditative quality in which the designer reflects on the beauty of nature and gains inner peace? The ancient art of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) is noted for perfect proportions and dramatic use of negative space. Sensei Katsuko Thielke is a talented local Ikebana artist and master Sogetsu instructor, known for weaving with leaves and grasses. She will teach us the elements of Ikebana by creating a series of beautiful arrangements, moving from simple to complex. Refreshments will be served. Join us for an enjoyable morning of learning!
Katsuko Thielke always brings refreshing inventiveness to her arrangements. Katsuko is in great demand as a demonstrator, teacher, and exhibitor. Her work has appeared in San Francisco’s De Young Museum’s Bouquets to Arts for fifteen years.
Born in Tokyo she developed her love of flowers as a small child, hiking in the mountains with her father, who encouraged her interest in the beauty of nature. She completed her Sogetsu studies under the guidance Shuko Kobayashi and Shoka Narimatsu and now holds the rank of Soomu, 1st grade. Katsuko is the arranger/author of five beautifully photographed instructional books of the art of Ikebana including weaving technique, manipulations of bamboo, palm fronds, dried lotus leaves, midorino and branches.