Amanda Jane Fisher
Inspired by cottage garden flowers, I became passionate about the shape and form of the foxglove, studying the plant through various stimuli of foxgloves from the collection helped me discover the best way to form each bloom in clay and layer them up to create the beautiful foxglove plant. Looking at the images helped me to figure out how to transfer them to a 2D shape that I would cut out in clay before moulding back into a 3D form.
I created an hourglass-shaped vase built from slabs as my base, replicating the female form. Using slip I painted my vase before adding each foxglove to unsure there was a colour to the base (as I knew it would be difficult to paint glaze into the tiny crevices). I created each bloom individually, shaping and sculpting before joining to the vase from the bottom upwards. Careful in the positioning of each bloom helped to created the layered effect how the foxglove blooms grow, draping gracefully over each other.
Underglazes were used to paint the blooms white and a mixture of tin white glaze and underglazes of red and cobalt were used to add the speckled detail giving it an iridescent glow. Oxides and underglazes were added to the scraffito leaves and branches to add more depth to the colours. Finally, the piece was covered in a clear glazes. The size of this piece and the fragility of the blooms made this an extremely difficult piece to create especially from my wheelchair, but I was determined to push myself physically as well as creatively and I am extremely proud of this final creation.
Walter R.W.S. Crane
V&A collection reference number(s):
AM.3267N-1856, T.587-1999, E.1868-1934