Shoso Shimbo, floristry teacher

Shoso Shimbo

Shoso Shimbo 4.9 (13)

Shoso Shimbo PhD is a certified teacher of Ikebana and has over 30 years experience in Ikebana. He studied under the late Sogetsu Head Master, Hiroshi Teshigahara.

Shoso was selected by Belle magazine as one of six “Australia’s top floral designers” and has won multiple awards including the Gold Award at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. His work was selected for the prestigious publication, International Floral Art 2014/2015 & 2016/2017, Stichting Kunstboek (Belgium).

His sculptural works have been featured in some of the major contemporary art exhibitions including the Toyota Sculpture Exhibition, Lorne Sculpture, Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award Finalists Exhibition, Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition and the New Wave Art Festival at the NGV.

He won the Arnold Bloch Leiber Prize at the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition 2017. His recent commissions include a public work of art for the Archibald Award Exhibition 2015 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Wye River Project as part of the Lorne Sculpture 2016.

A common theme through many of his works is harmony with nature's organic order and the relationship between man and nature, where man is a part of the natural order rather than the owner of it.

Shoso has an MA in Japanese Studies, a Master of Fine Art and PhD in Education. He is also qualified as a garden designer (Japan Horticultural Society) specialising in Japanese gardens. He is a directer of International Society of Ikebana Studies and he teaches Japanese Aesthetics at RMIT Short Courses.




Jenny Chan Jun 2021

6 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews

Introduction to Ikebana Class

Nice location, japanese tea, friendly teacher and a completed ikebana display to take home. Hour well spent.

Andrea Ryan Jun 2021

Introduction to Ikebana Class

Shiso was fantastic. He exained a good amount of theory combined with a very clear demonstration. We also has a chance to ask questions and then to enjoy making our own traditional ikebana piece. I was thrilled to achieve so much in an hour. Will attend more courses with this instructor. Venue perfect. Cheers

Ella Haines May 2021

Introduction to Ikebana Class

Shoso is insightful and charming and his class is well prepared. I came with nothing and left with an exciting start to the basic introductory skills of Ikebana. The one hour class is rich with the essentials but not too long that you are overwhelmed. I left with key insights that I understand enough to practice and improve. I recommend this class to anyone interested to try something on their own  + more

Floristry workshop review by Ella Haines Sydney

Lesley Bretherton May 2021

Introduction to Ikebana Class

Shoso is very good teacher. He explained things cleary and provided a demonstration before we embarked on our own ikebana. The venue was well set up with plenty of space I would highly recommend this class to any one wanting an insight into ikebana. We all took home very different but beautiful ikebana design pieces.

Introduction to Ikebana Class review by Lesley Bretherton

Catalina Danculovic Apr 2021

Introduction to Ikebana Class

A delightful afternoon enjoyed at this ikebana class. The teacher was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Kiki the cat made a cute appearance too which was lovely. Highly recommended class and looking forward to attend others.

Abinaya Ravikumar Apr 2021

Introduction to Ikebana Class

Had a good time & learnt the basics in the class. Shoso and his student were so patient and humble and assisted whenever I had some queries.

Melissa Quah Apr 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Introduction to Ikebana Class

This was a really good class. Shoso Shimbo took the time to explain the history of ikebana which made the class more fulfilling as you put appreciate the art in your own ikebana floral arrangement after. Highly recommend!

Fleur Gascoyne Jan 2021

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Ikebana Floristry Class for Beginners

Great class and lovely teacher, our group of 10 really enjoyed the workshop and learning about Ikebana. The introduction to Ikebana with the history of this japanese art form was informative and it was great to learn the theory behind Ikebana - definitately not as easy as it looks but Shoso was very helpful! The workshop was also good value for money. I highly recommend this workshop and Shoso as  + more

Floristry workshop review by Fleur Gascoyne

Nicole Cooper Sep 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews

Ikebana Dojo Class: Aesthetics

Thanks Shoso-san for a great class, your feedback on our pieces was excellent we look forward to attending again :) Nicole and David

Floristry workshop review by Nicole Cooper Sydney

Xiaowen Chin Mar 2020

Ikebana Floristry Class for Beginners

Shoso was very friendly and explained the ikebana art of floristry very well. The materials provided were great and all of us thoroughly enjoyed class. Would recommend!

Hayley Ng Aug 2019

Ikebana Floristry Class for Beginners

Due to unpredictable weather, we decided to do something indoor at the very last minute for a hens party. This is when I found out about classbento online. While it was a very last minute thing to take up a class, John, the co-founder of the website has been very attentive to our needs and easy to reach out, making the process of organising the class so easy! Moving on to the Ikebana class, there’s  + more

Ikebana Floristry Class for Beginners review by Hayley Ng Sydney

Eugene Healey Jul 2019

Ikebana Floristry Class for Beginners

This class was a brilliant first introduction to Ikebana. Shoso started off with an interesting lesson on its history, then moved on to a workshop where we prepared our own arrangement. He provided a good variety of flowers that meant each one of our arrangements (there were 8 of us) were each unique. It was a great activity for our office and I'd recommend it for any group below around 15 people.

Johanna Wyatt Jun 2019

Ikebana Floristry Class for Beginners

This workshop was wonderful! We had a small group of 4 and Shoso was a wonderful facilitator and teacher. Shoso was engaging, knowledgeable and highly skilled. We all thoroughly enjoyed our workshop! The Ikebana floristry class for beginners was great fun and very relaxing.

Floristry workshop review by Johanna Wyatt

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