This series of orchids are crafted of copper and porcelain. Orchids in themselves are such amazing and unusual plants. When starting a new direction sometimes I make many sketches in the notebooks strewn about my studio, house and car. Prototypes are usually the next step when using materials that are new or just used in new ways.
Starting with the blooms I made a variety of patterns of each part of the flower- in various sizes. Using these parts I assembled a common orchid flower in thin rolled porcelain. In addition I made many sizes of buds to go with the final assemblage. FInally I sculpted a glazed dish hold crafted copper plant and added porcelain rocks.
After creating /braising the copper leaves and stem they were patinaed for 4 days in a special solution. When finished the assemblage began.
I enjoyed making this piece so lifelike but not to get bogged down in the accuracy of botany. I have several designs in the works more fantastical. Its been a wonderful exploration mimicking the wild orchids like a witch or Dracula orchid and then studying and imitating their various pollinators. The prototype piece will show at Splash Gallery in July and is available at their website for sale. It is 14 inches high, delicate but transportable. Available for online orders and pickup at www.Splash Gallery olympia.com.