A year ago I posted about “Black and White” (Archives, January 2014) and this year’s snow has inspired me again. A hundred years ago when I was in grade school, our teacher used to bring out large pieces of gray paper, charcoal and chalk and ask us to draw the snow. Snowstorms still remind me of that task but now we are creating with floral design.
This design at Terrain, Westport CT, is made from all dried materials including cotton bolls on their stems and dried and bleached artichokes with the strong fuzzy (botanical term – ha) spires and some other bleached materials – both of which have me stumped.
Black on black on black with striking white lilies creates a sophisticated centerpiece. The circular form is a thick root or branch coiled into a circle about 15” in diameter, nailed together and then painted. The lilies sit in a water filled black kenzan (pin holder) which disappears into the other blacks.
A snowy day captured in this diagonal design of dusty miller, tulips, seeded eucalyptus, mums, lilies and hydrangea. The wonderful container (rather hidden) is a work of art on its own with a hand-coiled shape and a subtle glaze, accented near the top with a decorative glaze of celadon green.