Ohara Demonstration by Ms. Ronell Douglass
Location: Elm Bank, Hunnewell Carriage House, 900 Washington St. (Rt. 16), Wellesley, MA 02482
Date: May 2, 2017
Joint program with Ohara School

Mrs. Ronell Young Douglass is a Sub Grand Master of the Ohara School of Ikebana. She studied Ohara under Mr. Mutsuo Tomita, the International Grand Master of the Ohara School. She has been very active and given many demonstrations and exhibitions in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, and Washington D.C. Mrs. Ronell also served as President (2006-2008) and Vice President (2001-2006) of the North American Ohara Teachers Association.

For the demonstration, Mrs. Ronell made eight arrangements showing a variety of contemporary and traditional Ohara School arrangements. She used seasonal materials like beautiful peonies, dogwoods, double blossom cherry and light green hosta leaves. The white lilies and white calla lilies she arranged were very large and stunning. She gave us a quick history of Ohara school. We also learned the intentions behind “Rinpa” and “Landscape” arrangements.

We had many non-members in attendence including four guests from the Consulate General of Japan in Boston including Mr. and Mrs. Michii (Consul General and his wife). The attendees enjoyed the demonstration, ceramic container sales by David and Keiko Hergesheimer and the speech by the Consul General.

During the workshop on the following day, Mrs. Ronell Young Douglass showed us how to make “One Row Form Front View (hana-ishou)” created by Ohara’s 4th Headmaster. We used a long shallow container with three kenzans. The attendees were members of Ohara and Sogetsu schools. Mrs. Ronell explained the basics (length of the main materials, how many kinds of materials one can use as main materials, concept of this type of arrangement, etc.) for the Sogetsu members, for whom this form was totally new. Her arrangement with Iris, russellianum, and ruscus, was beautiful and clear. Ohara students who know this type of arrangement well, made some variations which gave Sogetsu members more examples of “One Row Form Front View”.