For more than five years I have been working on discovering mediums, materials, equipment and techniques to create the images that are in my head and sketch books. At last all the elements have come together! After adding a butane torch to my studios I have been able to produce more minute and delicate flowers and stems.
Using these methods I have prepared a series of wildflower sculptures to follow closely on the heels of the Tulips Imaginarium series. Miniature pansies, violets, daisies and grasses are being put together in little 4-8 inch stems with hand cut copper leaves the size of your fingernail! Its been a delight and a huge challenge.
Because there is a lot of sanding in painting biscuit ware (or unglazed ware as I call it) there is a fine balance to sculpting the flowers fine enough to be translucent but strong enough to endure up to 6 sandings throughout the many firings. The pansies and violets, no bigger than 3/4 inch were the finest petals to sculpt so far.
These sculptures are like Botanical drawings in Porcelain but with a twist of added nature companions. I look forward to showing this work in May or June. Look for it on this site, Splash Gallery, Olympia, WA or Ghost Gallery, Seattle, WA.