My large leaf vase ‘Arecaceae‘ (pronounced Air-y-case-ee-a) is inspired by my love of nature, clay and in particular, an appreciation for palm trees. I’m lucky enough to have Yucca palms growing in my garden in the UK. These help me to reminise about the Arecaceae (palm trees) I see when I travel abroad, reconnecting with the beauty of nature in far away places.
I use different clays (as with all my vases) to create purposeful fractures in the body of the vase, conjuring an organic fragility. This links to my philosophy below, but with a tropical twist!
Learn more about the inspiration and philosophy behind this collection of vases in the short video below:
The Philosophy Behind My Signature Vase Collection
Initially, I use black clay to create the base for my Large Leaf Vase ‘Arecaceae’. Then I add layers of contrasting stoneware clays and porcelain as I grow the vase shape. Towards the end of the throwing process, I add layers of porcelain which I stretch and mould to form the fluted rim. This represents a beautiful fragility. Next I paint copper oxide leaves and branches onto the bisque fired surface and cover the whole vase in a shiny glaze. After glazing to 1260 degrees, I enhance areas of the vase with gold, platinum and pearl lustre. Finally, I paint skeleton leaves onto the undulating porcelain rim to represent the transitionary beauty of leaves; these lustres are then fired to 740 degrees, bringing out their beautiful metallic sheen.
Dimensions: Base:11cm x Height:50cm x Rim:28cm. If you would like to experience Arecaceae ‘Up Close & Personal’ please watch the video footage under the ‘video tab’ at the top of this product description section. Also, if you require additional information or images please do contact me. I am very happy to help you make a fully informed decision about this special piece of ceramics.
‘Arecaceae’ has been tested as water-tight up to half of it’s height, so it is suitable for fresh flowers. Please rinse out this vase with soapy water, being careful not to damage the delicate rim.
If you would like a specific shape and decorative design made for you please contact me and I will make a bespoke vase based on your specific requirements (3-4 weeks delivery).
This vase is in stock at the Old Courthouse Gallery in Ambleside in the Lake District. Please contact them to purchase.