My ceramic wallflowers are unique, decorative pieces that are a visual representation of the journey I have made as a ceramicist. While selling my dishware at the Chicago Botanic Gardens Farmer’s Market, I was fascinated by the beautiful flowers and large, unusual pumpkins with all their unique shapes and colors. Inspired by nature, I began to experiment with how to merge these two beautiful shapes together. I made a plaster cast of the pumpkins and pressed rolled out slabs of clay into the pumpkin forms. The natural structure of the pumpkin shape was the perfect base for my flowers.
What began as simple, one-layer pumpkins grew over the years into more complicated pieces with layered petals and designs. I like to innovate my forms every year, and I don’t try to make my flowers into exact replicas of real flowers. Instead, I create inspired, flower-like forms that range from 4 inches to as large as 24 inches wide. These have become one of my favorite projects, and a favorite of my customers, too. Some even enjoy adding one to their collections every year.