One of my passions is strolling in the grounds of Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire and foraging for leaves. I’m also fortunate to have friends and relatives who are avid gardeners, owning shrubs which bear large and bountiful leaves.
Tableware is now a popular element in my Collections of work. They are made using a stoneware clay with grog (sand) inclusions which can be fired to 1260 degrees making them durable for functional use. Over time, I’ve formulated a glaze that works perfectly with copper oxide to produce a lovely natural green finish and when this is added on top this specific clay, iron speckles emerge which further enhance the rustic finish.
Each piece is unique as not only is the leaf impression one of a kind, the way the glaze develops in the kiln produces an individual finish. I welcome commissions for whole dining sets made from various shaped leaves and producing matching side plates, sharing platters, condiment dishes, coasters, tea light holders and serviette rings.
I produce the range in rustic green as picture above, white and gold for a more minimalist look and autumn reds which are popular during the Christmas season. If you would like to discuss options further please do not hesitate to contact me with your ideas. I am also happy to make a dining set from your own leaf selection – people often post me leaves to work from.