Wallflowers first bloomed in my imagination as the result of my fascination with flowers and an inexplicable need to decorate my functional ceramic ware. I put tulips on pitchers and daffodils on vases. Alas, however, the daffodil seemed inadequate-- a poor facsimile of the actual flowers the vase was meant to hold. For how can one improve on nature? In addition, my delicate flowers seemed misplaced on vessels one meant to use. I began to realize they were better suited to be regarded and enjoyed out of harm's way--on a wall.
All on their own, affixed to a tile, they became a sort of whimsical study of their natural counterparts. Working in a way that is entirely decorative rather than functional, I have gleaned horticultural inspiration from my own garden, as well as from the botanical prints and "flower portraits" of the 19th century, which have always fascinated me. Other influences include an obsession with vintage textiles as evidenced in the hand-painted and stenciled background of my tiles.
Not many people know that tulips continue to grow after they are cut, and it is a challenge and a thrill to try to capture that movement and gesture in ceramics. I love working with earthenware because the glaze and underglaze colors are so rich and vivid when fired at the lower temperatures, and are thus so perfectly suited to my subject matter.
Wallflowers are my tribute to the real thing--those garden beauties which never fail to bring us joy and make us smile. My goal is to capture their charm; to surprise and to delight!