Real Flower collection

Every single ceramic piece created in Art Studio Laura Rainbow is made with love and is one of a kind. Even those  looking similar on the first glance are unique and bear the maker’s mark, a fingerprint, a seal of life. The Real Flowers Collection is a testament to natural beauty of everyday plants, from herbs masked as humble weeds to deliciously smelling familiar lavender.

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STORY BEHIND REAL FLOWER COLLECTION

My Mum makes her own herbal teas so in my pottager I don’t just grow the usual parsley, camomile and sage. I also have wild oregano, comfrey, rosemary and lavanda, to mention just a few. An inquiery by a mother of my son’s former classmate encouraged me to look into using my herbs in a novel way. Being an ecologically minded and aesthetically wired person, forever actively persuading everyone to ditch plastic she asked me is it possible to buy a mug with real flower impressions. Well, I haven’t got any, but surely I can make them! I made a mug with the impression of  flowering parsley and a fig leaf. Cake trays and salad bowls were next. That was at the end of June. Soon all parsley flowers turned to seed, but lavanda was at the height of its bloom, as was  comfrey and many other delicate little gems and I continued creating imprints in vases and plates. Soon I extened my choice of flowers. On my daily walks with the dog I was collecting wild meadow flowers to put in a vase and some of them also  left a forever- imprint in clay. This is how Real Flower collection was born.

Raku firing really is one of the most natural techniques that you can encounter in working with clay. In loose translation the word “raku” means contentment and enjoyment in happy accident..

Originally created for the Korean tea ceremony, and further developed in 16th century Japan.

In raku firing all of nature’s elements are used in the process – earth, fire, air and water and together they create an unpredictable and unique style .

The process of Raku firing differs from other firing methods because it requires the fast removal of the piece from the furnace at their maximum temperature. While red hot, the pieces can be reduced using smoke from flammable materials, or enhanced with alcohol, or decorated with horse/pet hair and feathers.

It is a rather dangerous, unpredictable and amazing process.