experiments with sprigs

pot with words rain, expectedI’ve been working hard over the last few months, refining current work, and making more, having managed to fix my kiln through my own efforts (electricity isn’t that frightening…) Spring is when galleries stock up for wedding season.

Meissen with sprig So I’ve got a bit cramped, stiff, from focussing on detail. To have a change, I’ve been looking at catalogues – they are full of work no-one’s seen for a long time, usually – not in public collections, so not in the picture libraries.  This is early Meissen, with applied relief – called sprigs in England – which are usually cherry blossom in China and japan, but here it’s a rose bud and leaves.

Rose Hip sprigI tried making a rose hip sprig (the hip is a bit wrinkled, it was March..) On the left is a sprig as it comes out of the mould. On the right, it is tidied up ready to be applied. Not a successful experiment, sadly – too big in the hip, too small in the sepal.

Quianlong Jade

I also love these flattened jade vases – my favourite is on the right, with a very Game of Thrones dragon twirled around the neck. there are Qianlong –  1711-1799 – so the same period as the Meissen.

Flattened vase

In response I’ve been making flattened pots  – that’s oval as you look from the top. These are in the green – unfired – at the moment, and I’ve used some oak sprigs on this one – the mould made from oak tips from West Norwood Cemetery.

bottle with beech sprig

This bottle has beech sprigs – the buds are six times the size of oak buds, so a bit easier to handle.

vase with 'dark'I’ve also been trying out writing with slip – here, using a piping bag and writing like you would icing. Lots of options here, thcker slip, maybe an italic piping tip (I think used for making leaves in RL).

So maybe none of these will make it into my repertoire, but it’s been a lot of fun making them!


3 responses to “experiments with sprigs

  1. Carys, I love the twig-decorated bottle and flattened jar and I think they should certainly join the repertoire! How will you glaze them? It made me picture Easter twig wreaths glazed in the palest green – though of course I have no idea how difficult that would be in porcelain… Thinking about the outdoors, is it early regency when those cast-iron (?) benches made to look like branches and twigs appear? Very thought-provoking, this post! R x

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  2. Glad you like them! I’m not sure about glazing – a pale green, like a Chinese celadon, would emphasise the jade-like qualities… I have a feeling I’m going to have to rush some glaze test tiles through the firings!! Doh!


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