In Ikebana, the traditional Japanese art of flower arranging, the Moribana style uses a flat tray called "suiban" with water. I actually tried to sculpt individual cherry blossom petals, but after a few stubborn attempts, realized that I was not yet skilled enough to pull this off. I think that a few sakura flowers if arranged just right could be positioned with the tree limbs to resemble a miniature tree - a kind of bonsai effect. The lone mute swan further reinforces the scale and serenity of the traditional Moribana display. My thanks again to the Ceramic Art Studio and Shop.
Wet clay model