These are some of my oldest shapes. All my work is Slip-Cast, meaning that liquid clay is poured into a mould. The initial shape known as the Model is made in plaster, then a mould is cast from the Model.
This shape or Model was formed by pouring plaster into a plastic cone made by twisting a sheet of plastic in 2 directions, producing 2 ,opposite ellipses, it was then finished off by hand carving. The simplest shapes are often the hardest to make. I wanted to make a tall single stem vase and the twist in the shape contributed to the stability of the piece, as well as making an interesting surface to paint on and to view at different angles. The tall shape suits tall thin motifs, so I chose trees and flowers. The trees form a mini landscape and a group of them a forest, the flowers a bed and the leaves an autumn day.