The leaves are shades of green, aqua and chartreuse with a little accent of fuchsia on the rim. These hues are complimented by the brush of chartreuse at the top of the inner container and on the inner surface of each of the top leaves. Tiny round appliques of pink and scarlet circle the base of the piece.
The color is painted with underglaze colors and fired to over 2200º F in one of my electric kilns. The vase is about 3 inches tall and 3.5 inches in diameter. Each piece is made individually, by hand, so there will be variations in the series.
This porcelain beauty is perfect for a small bouquet of delicate Spring flowers, or for a lovely taper with a few flowers surrounding it. It would be charming as a Mother's Vase- you know, for those precious bouquets picked by tiny hands (some dandelions may even be in there).
Any gardener is sure to treasure the botanical inspiration evident in this porcelain vessel. It is a lovely wedding or anniversary gift. There is so much complexity and subtlety in the piece, though, you may prefer it unadorned as a small tabletop sculpture.
My studio overlooks my large perennial and annual garden, and the botanical influence is strong in my work.
Porcelain is a very durable material (think of the ancient Chinese porcelains that we see in museums) so this vase will be enjoyed for generations. Since porcelain is so sturdy it can be run through your dishwasher or you may prefer to wash it by hand.
Over the years, I have been pleased to earn numerous awards with my porcelain forms. My works are shown at galleries and museums throughout the United States and are included in many public and private collections. I created a large porcelain wall sculpture for the Corning Glass Works Executive Club and pieces from my folded vase series, along with other works, have been exhibited at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery.