My Porcelain Plant Nests with a Lace Embossed Finish are perfect for housing your orchids, succulents, cacti and air plants. Orchids look particularly beautiful in them. They are one-of-a-kind pieces, not one formed in the same way and each having a unique personality of it’s own.
I make each one individually by folding fine porcelain into organic free form shapes. Firstly, I add texture to the porcelain by rolling it onto lace fabric. Then I carefully drape the porcelain onto a mould support while I form the nest shape. I then use water and porcelain slip to blend the edges and folds into place. The nest is left to air dry before firing in my kiln to bisque temperature (1020 degrees). Then washes of oxide are added to the lace surface enhancing the pattern. A clear shiny glaze mixture then coats the nest before the final stoneware firing (1260 degrees). This ensures the nest is fully water tight and durable. The porcelain is purposely thinner in some areas than others, making it translucent when placed in front a light source.
Each porcelain plant nest is similar to the size of a small melon, having an approximate dimension of 12x12x12 cm. However sizes do vary by 1-2 cm depending on the unique form when it is produced. The thickness is also variable because it is reliant on how the porcelain folds. Some areas will be double thickness and other areas thinner, making the porcelain beautifully transparent when placed in front of a window or light source.
The colour, texture and finish are all consistent with the images above.
Each nest is fired to 1260 degrees, so surprisingly robust considering the delicate formation. However, I do recommend taking care when washing the nest. Ideally use a soft brush to clean out the inside with warm soapy water and where possible avoid using a dishwasher.
The nests do not have drainage holes, so I advise choosing plants that require only a little watering such as orchids, air plants, cacti or succulents. Alternatively you can place some small stones in the bottom (before compost), to help drain excess water away from the root area.
Plants are NOT included but you can purchase one by messaging me before you place your order. I buy many of my air plants from from Andy’s Air Plants or Brackenwood Plant and Garden centre so if you are local to Bristol you may like to visit. They sell a good selection of air plants and more unusual varieties of houseplants.