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Hanging Planters

Porcelain Air Plant HolderI started making these unique hanging planters as part of my Collections after being inspired by air plants. I loved how each air plant is so individual and unusual. Anything that housed such a unique plant, surely needed an equally unique container and one that somehow suspended time in space. Hopefully you will agree that these subtle yet distinctive pieces do just that.

Each one is carefully moulded using porcelain and fired to 1260 degrees and not one is the same because the making process is so spontaneous and free from control. The hanging planters are made from varying thicknesses of porcelain, the thinner ones being semi-transparent if hung near natural daylight (from a window handle for example).  Sometimes I use lace to create a pattern in the porcelain, whereas others are left plain to accentuate the sheen on the glaze.  Colouration is unique to the individual piece. For example, oxides are used to apply subtle colour to some, whereas others are left natural white for a more minimalist look.

Air plants only need a light sprinkling or mist of water to keep them nourished, so these unique designs work perfectly in practise. These distinctive pieces of ceramic art look wonderful in any decor whether minimalist, rustic or country living style. The plants seem to love them too!

Porcelain Nests

Porcelain Orchid Nest by Sonya Ceramic ArtSoon after I started make hanging planters, I realised that the organic form of folded porcelain would also lend itself nicely to table top plants. So, I include these plant nests in my regular Collections to house beautiful Orchids, Succulents and Cacti. Many other plants can be nestled in these striking plant pots but I encourage you to use plants that require small amounts of water and plants that are light and delicate in order to compliment the nest form.

Each nest is made using porcelain, folded and convoluted into organic shapes. Some varieties are made by pressing lace into the porcelain leaving a delicate design, other nests are left plain to accentuate the sheen on the glaze. Porcelain is fired to 1260 degrees in my kiln so completely water tight.  I recommend however that only small quantities of water are used to water the plant, as some of the porcelain folds my have internal gaps and leach water. A saucer can be placed underneath if this is the case. Equally ivy can work well in these nests and quite enjoys being sprayed with water (as opposed to the soil being soaked) keeping it quite dry, as this is how it would exist growing around stone walls and tree trunks in nature.

Various sizes are available and I am always happy to take commissions so please contact me to discuss your ideas and requirements.

Hanging Planters

Porcelain Air Plant HolderI started making these unique hanging planters after being inspired by air plants. I loved how each air plant is so individual and unusual. Anything that housed such a unique plant, surely needed an equally unique container and one that somehow suspended time in space. Hopefully you will agree that these subtle yet distinctive pieces do just that.

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Each one is carefully moulded using porcelain and fired to 1260 degrees and not one is the same because the making process is so spontaneous and free from control. The hanging planters are made from varying thicknesses of porcelain, the thinner ones being transparent if hung near natural daylight (from a window handle for example).  Sometimes I use lace to create a pattern in the porcelain, whereas others are left plain to accentuate the sheen on the glaze.  Colouration is unique to the individual piece. For example, oxides are used to apply subtle colour to some, whereas others are left natural white for a more minimalist look.

Air plants only need a light sprinkling or mist of water to keep them nourished, so these unique designs work perfectly in practise. These distinctive pieces of ceramic art look wonderful in any decor whether minimalist, rustic or country living style. The plants seem to love them too!

Porcelain Nests

Porcelain Orchid Nest by Sonya Ceramic ArtSoon after I started make hanging planters, I realised that the organic form of folded porcelain would also lend itself nicely to table top plants. So, I started producing porcelain nests to house beautiful orchids, succulents and cacti. Many other plants can be nestled in these striking plant pots but I encourage you to use plants that require small amounts of water and plants that are light and delicate to mimic the nest form.

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Each nest is made using porcelain, folded and convoluted into organic shapes. Some varieties are made by pressing lace into the porcelain leaving a delicate design, other nests are left plain to accentuate the sheen on the glaze. Porcelain is fired to 1260 degrees in my kiln so completely water tight.  I recommend however that only small quantities of water are used to water the plant, as some of the porcelain folds my have internal gaps and leach water. A saucer can be placed underneath if this is the case.

Equally ivy can work well in these nests and quite enjoys being sprayed with water (as opposed to the soil being soaked) keeping it quite dry, as this is how it would exist growing around stone walls and tree trunks in nature.

Various sizes are available and I am always happy to take commissions so please contact me to discuss your ideas and requirements.

Leaf Tableware

Leaf Tableware by Sonya Ceramic ArtOne 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.

Unique Leaf Jewellery

Full Moon Maple Pendant by Sonya Ceramic ArtMy Family planted eight Acer trees at Westonbirt Arboretum over 30 years ago in commemoration for my late Grandfather. I visit often, appreciating the stunning colours that transform from greens to sunset reds and then mimic the colours in my work. Today, these beautiful trees are the source of inspiration for my pendants. They are an important addition to my Collections as people love the fact they can be traced back to their origin, back to the trees and leaves that helped create them.

I use a high firing white earthenware clay to produce my jewellery so that the bright autumn colours can be acquired. Pieces are fired in three stages, firstly to 1020 degrees biscuit ware, then oxide and glaze is added with a second firing to 1055 degrees. Finally, platinum lustre is added to the edges and fired to 740 degrees. Each piece of jewellery I make is delicate in nature, much like glass or Swarovski crystal jewellery so I always recommend treating them with care.

Trace your unique piece of jewellery ‘back to it’s roots’ and see where the leaf that helped create your pendant or earrings came from. I include a grid reference, photograph and links to visitor information for National Trust sites.

I welcome commissions and I love to make bespoke pieces for customers, so please contact me with your ideas and send me your favourite leaves to design from!

Leaf Tableware

Leaf Tableware by Sonya Ceramic Art

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. This collection of work is made using a stoneware clay with grog (sand) inclusions which can be fired to 1260 degrees making them durable for functional use.

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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.

Unique Leaf Jewellery

Full Moon Maple Pendant by Sonya Ceramic Art

My Family planted eight Acer trees at Westonbirt Arboretum over 30 years ago in commemoration for my late Grandfather. I visit often, appreciating the stunning colours that transform from greens to sunset reds and then mimic the colours in my work. My father has also entrusted me with three of his prize trees in my garden. Today, these beautiful trees are the source of inspiration for many of the bespoke pieces of ceramic jewellery I create.

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I use a high firing white earthenware clay to produce my jewellery so that the bright autumn colours can be acquired. Pieces are fired in three stages, firstly to 1020 degrees biscuit ware, then oxide and glaze is added with a second firing to 1055 degrees. Finally, platinum lustre is added to the edges and fired to 740 degrees. Each piece of jewellery I make is delicate in nature, much like glass or Swarovski crystal jewellery so I always recommend treating them with care.

Trace your unique piece of jewellery ‘back to it’s roots‘ and see where the leaf that helped create your pendant or earrings came from. I include a grid reference, photograph and links to visitor information for National Trust sites.

I welcome commissions and I love to make bespoke pieces for customers, so please contact me with your ideas and send me your favourite leaves to design from!