My small leaf vase ‘Chrysalis’ is inspired by my love of nature, clay and a curiosity in the relationship between the life span of leaves and our own lives. I’m interested in how we view fragility in society; how the purposeful fractures in this vase (created when two different clays meet), cause a response from the onlooker. Are we able to appreciate beauty when it’s not ‘perfect’? How do we view aging and transformation in our own lives; after all, the wrinkles on our own faces tell the story of our lives much like skeleton leaves in nature.
Learn more about the inspiration and philosophy behind my small leaf vase ‘Impressions’ in the video below:
The Philosophy Behind My Signature Vase Collection
Firstly, I throw with stoneware clays and porcelain on the Potter’s Wheel to create an organic vase form. I manipulate the form so it mimicks the shape of a chysalis towards the top rim, where the edges become more delicate. Following this, I use real skeleton leaves to make impressions in the clay, adding texture to harmonise with the form. Finally, I add layers of copper oxide, glaze and beautiful lustres to enhance these the skeleton leaf impressions.
I use porcelain and stoneware clays to make each piece, firing to 1020 bisque initially, then 1260+ to mature the porcelain and glazes. The third firing allows platinum and gold lustre to mature on the surface design.
Dimension: Base:10cm x Height:30cm x Rim:12cm. Please watch video footage of this vase being handled under the ‘video tab’ at the top of this product description section. 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.
I have tested this vase and it is watertight up to half it’s height, so functional for fresh flowers. When cleaning the vase, please rinse it out by hand, using soapy water and being careful not to damage the porcelain and platinum rim.
Each of my Leaf Vases are unique so there will variations in size, form and decoration. 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).
In stock, ready made items as pictured here will be dispatched within 3 days of order confirmation.