SpiritSpace anniversary

SpiritSpace Gallery & Gifts, located in the St. Francis Spirituality Center, is to celebrate its eighth anniversary April 24-25 with new merchandise and a workshop on ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging.

Sister Jane Omlor, who handles ordering for the shop, has brought in a collection of “Forked Up Art.” The figurines are made by Judson Jennings from recycled flatware.

The resident potter at St. Francis, Omlor has fired up some different pottery designs, including mugs, water pitchers with matching cups, “Toad Abodes” and whimsical flower vases that are for sale. Pottery by Rachel Cross also has been added at SpiritSpace.

“She’s a young gal. She graduated from college and just got married,” Omlor said. “She did pottery in college … so she’s been coming out and using (Omlor’s) studio. She does really nice pieces.”

Teaching the ikebana workshop is Rika Asaba, a Heidelberg student who is from Japan. Asaba is to give two workshops April 25, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“The nice thing about it is you can make beautiful arrangements with just a few things. You don’t need a ton of flowers to make one of these,” Omlor said. “I want Rika to talk a little bit about Japanese culture and the Japanese way of celebrating art.”

Advance registration for the workshops is needed by April 22 to assure enough supplies are on hand. The cost is $15, which includes a special hand-thrown ikebana pot. Call Jenifer at (419) 443-1485 to reserve a spot.

The shop is to be open 1-4 p.m. April 24 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 25. It is on the second floor of St. Francis Spirituality Center on the St. Francis campus, 200 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin.