Forever spring in a bud-vase with @apetalunfolds
t's funny how we talk about putting a spring in your step. It's so true that as spring approaches we can shrug off winter's heavy coat, swap boots for trainers and suddenly we feel so much lighter. The days are longer, the birds sing more (or at least they are waking me up earlier!), the lambs frolick in the fields. It's such a happy time of year.
I love noticing all the little details, and there seems to be a collective rejoice at the bulbs pushing through and the first signs of blossom.
In Japan, the arrival of the blossom season reaches epic proportions as it heralds the beginning of Spring, and there are regular news updates on the bud stages. The bloom lasts 1-2 weeks before the 'sakura snow' effect starts and they float down gently from the trees. In Japanese culture, the cherry blossom flowers are seen as a symbol of the transient nature of life. But would it be nice to capture their beauty forever?
You've probably realised the petals pictured are paper ones. This 'forever' paper blossom from Sue @apetalunfolds really deceives the eye with its intricacy; I never thought it would be possible for something made out of paper to resemble nature so closely.
I'm really excited to be collaborating with Sue this month for a little photo challenge on Instagram in the #createinspring gallery, (which coincidentally exploded overnight; evidently people feel very happy about Spring's arrival).
To take part in our competition to win 'forever spring in a vase', 3 beautiful strands of blossom in one of my new mint green porcelain bud vases, you need to be following both Sue and myself and show us how spring is influencing your makes and styling over on Instagram, using the tag #createinspring. We really want to know what a spring palette means for your creativity. I'll show you how I'm incorporating spring into my ceramics later, but first, let me tell you some more about Sue and her fabulous skills.
How and when did you get into paper floral art?
What are you inspired by?
What have you got coming up next?
Presumably people can find some flowers to buy from your online shop?
As I mentioned in a previous blog I really wanted this year to be one in which I experiment more and push some boundaries. At one point I felt I'd pushed those boundaries too far, didn't feel like I was succeeding and and had started questioning what I was doing? But I think life is like that isn't it? Unless you put yourself out of your comfort zone to achieve new things then how can we ever grow and expand our skills?
So, my new little bud-vases have been the result of blood, sweat and tears, I literally cut myself on one of my tools making these. I consider myself a budding potter, and have slowly been learning to throw different shapes on the wheel using porcelain clay, which gives lovely smooth results when you have mastered it, but is a notoriously difficult medium to work with. Who would have thought these innocent little bud-vases could cause so much grief? But, I'm really happy with their clean lines and simple shape. I thought they would be especially good for spring flowers - from snowdrops and Sols, to bluebells and of course, blossom! Some colours have already sold out, which I guess must mean you like them too, but don't worry more are already in the pipeline, and you'll find them in my etsy shop.
I've also been thinking about a spring palette in terms of glaze combinations and last month I launched two new variations for my mini bowls and beakers featuring 'sun-rise'/ 'blossom and blue skies' pale pink and sky blue shades. These also got snapped up, so I'll do another batch of these I think.
Next month I have an on-line stockist order to fulfill with @lewesmapstore, when I'll be launching another new colour combination. So if you missed out on snagging these new ranges, then next month there'll also be something different to tempt you.
In other news I'm being featured in issue 92 of Mollie Makes which comes out 27 April, which will be very exciting for me to see myself and my studio in print. In the article you'll get to learn a bit more about my transition from PR manager to full-time maker, as well as seeing lots of pretty corners of my studio.
That's all for now.
Enjoy the blossom season, and I look forward to seeing your beautiful creativity over in the #createinspring gallery.