Aratame School: Irene Jenkins studies with Sumi Metz and draws on her earlier ikebana training with Michiko Hosoda and her degree in Interior Design from San Jose State University. She is an avid gardener and a potter, working at the Sunnyvale Pottery Studio. She often creates vases suitable for ikebana. She now serves as the editor of the Chapter’s Membership Directory.
Chiko School: Christina Schuknecht began studying ikebana with Michiko Hosoda in 2002 and she joined I.I. in 2006. She has participated in flower shows since then and often has demonstrated and exhibited arrangements for the Chapter. She is an expert photographer and as the Chapter’s photographer her images appear on the website each month.
Enshu School: Rayko Kurosaki came to the USA at age eight. She studied Enshu ikebana with Haruko Obata and Sakae Sakaki for many years. She teaches at El Cerrito Community Center and has exhibited at the Chapter’s flower shows and the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival. Besides her I.I. membership, she is a member of the Ikebana Teachers Federation.
Ikenobo Ikebana School: Chizuko Nakamura recently attended a training course at Ikenobo headquarters in Japan. She holds Ikenobo’s prestigious Sokatoku degree. She demonstrates and exhibits frequently for the Chapter and the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival. She teaches at her home and is a members of the Northern California Chapter of Ikenobo Ikebana.
Ohara School: Yoshiko Grave studies with Suiyo Fujimoto and received Ohara’s 4th Term Master Course in 2013. She is a member of No. California Ohara Chapter, I.I., and North American Ohara Teachers Association. She has exhibited in I.I. flower shows and Ohara flower shows as well.
Sogetsu School: Shirley Chan has studied Sogetsu ikebana with Yoshiko Williams since 2008 and now holds a 4th Grade Teacher’s certificate. She first studied ikebana at San Mateo Community College where she met her sensei. She is currently Corresponding Secretary for the Sogetsu Bay Area Branch and has exhibited in ArtScape and Millbrae’s Japanese festivals.
Wafu School: Luciana Mazzola began ikebana studies with Michiko Hosoda and now studies with Fusako Hoyrup. She holds Wafu School’s Sanyo degree. She has participated in many flower shows given by Wafu School, Ikebana International, and Cupertino’s Cherry Blossom Festival, frequently exhibiting for I.I. She is an expert and avid collector of antique furniture.