Saturday, January 23, 2016

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I always keep a piece from a new body of work: I need to spend time getting to know it. 

#15 “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow: Orange and Red Slurpee” pinched porcelain vase form. Height: 8 inches.
Christine Pedersen. 2015.

And so #15 stayed with us, and I schemed up a delightful challenge for myself: in the name of art—and pictures for my blog—I would fill it with flowers for every opportunity I could make up for a whole year. Sweet.


First up: a lovely (and very modestly priced) bouquet from the supermarket for Christmas 2015. 


#15 “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow: Orange and Red Slurpee” pinched porcelain vase form. Seasonal flowers.
Christine Pedersen. 2015.

I always approach a vase thinking about the overall shape, as something to contemplate in my home, because most of the time it will probably stand empty. But as I make the piece, I end up imagining flowers and how they will fill it: how the stalks reach down to the bottom and push off at an angle; how wide a base needs to be for stability (versus how saucy a narrowing foot looks under a wide form, disappearing into the table top). And what is the right width for the neck so that the stems are supported? All this makes me think about what kind of flowers I might arrange in it, or how many - sometimes a vase needs to be just right for that one daisy fallen across the path (or a lone purple pansy abandoned on the sidewalk - the subject of my first blog post).

The “Orange and Red Slurpee” glaze decoration is new - I’ve been dreaming about it ever since I started the “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow” glaze pattern in lime green and bright yellow. Anyone who has visited my home knows that we have a thing for orange and red, they are such fun together—they just make me feel happy.

Next stop: Valentines Day. Bring on the red!

Vases are available from Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, Alberta.

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