Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Wikipedia says…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 parti-colored 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.
The container is a key element of the composition, and various styles of pottery may be used in their construction.
But our customers have come up with some humorous ideas of what it is. Makes for a lightened day and gets the conversation going. How about a potato baker? Or a Lemon Reamer?
In short it seems to be a slang term which was in common use by the 1940s. Company catalogs never referred to the items as frogs. They were flower holders, arrangers, or blocks. Only rarely did the term "frog" occur in a patent. Best guess-- The metal holders sit in water like a frog and are called by the Japanese kenzan. The name kenzan literally means sword mountain.
I'm thinking though of trying it with the potato!