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 bare large and bountiful leaves. My own Fatsia Japonica trees lend themselves perfectly to creating curved fruit bowls and trinket dishes. Whereas my mother-in-law gave me some wonderful Glory Vine leaves to make leaf platters pictured above.
This collection of work is made using a stoneware clay with grog 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 reacts and matures in the kiln produces an individual finish. I welcome commissions for whole dining sets made from the same variety of leaves or different types depending on peoples taste. I am also able to make matching side plates, sharing platters, condiment dishes, coasters, tea light holders and serviette rings on request. I also produce the range in rustic green as picture above, white and gold for a more minimalist look and autumn reds which are popular at Christmas time.
I 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. Or for currently available pieces please view more examples and purchase in my online shop.