When spring is in the air it is time to celebrate the short-lived tulip season. Tulip vases have a wide side-to-side opening but a narrow front-to-back neck so the flowers almost arrange themselves.
These vessels are a new twist on some of my tried and true forms. The bright orange glaze comes from a helmer shino that really makes the sage green glaze stand out. While I get more control than if I’d woodfired these, the shino is still very picky about the amount of reduction it gets when I’m firing these, so still more to learn with it.
Burnt Orange and Sage Green Figurative Vase
Burnt Orange and Sage Green Vases
This style vase has been one of my standard pieces for many years now. Arrangers like the handle and I like the clean lines and timely feel of the shape. Here it is with the sage green glaze that seems to have taken off in popularity this year. 13″ – $75 (Sold)
Another variation of one of my older forms, this “tulip vase” is minus the side spirals for a clean lined look. The top opening is narrow so just about any $4.99 grocery store bouquet dropped in and spread out will look nice in it. Floppy tulips reaching out over the sides look especially nice. 9″ tall – Similar pieces at my Etsy Shop NicePots.
Two Ceramic Baskets
I’m sometimes asked what I use these basket forms for… Being the compulsive collector I am, around our place they hold small rocks, fortune cookie wishes, rubber bands, pencils and more. I even use one for gum wrappers and flotsam in my van. Wide base keeps it stabile. Add a 4″ pansy and voila, you have a hostess gift. Larger basket $45, smaller $35.
Two Handled Vases
These two stoneware vases with top handles will help hold flowers in place when you use them for arrangements. They are both in the dark brown glaze without the usual gold glaze drips. A client wanted one this way and they look rather stately. These are 11″ tall – $50 ea.
Stoneware Zipper Vase
This vase has a graceful opening for flowers to billow out in several directions. High fired stoneware, with circle opening at bottom of “zipper” for a larger stem or branch. 13″ x 9″ – $125
This vessel was used at Ceramic Showcase (a few years back) for a demo of a simple Sogetsu Ikebana arrangement. The arranger first used heavenly bamboo and a few branches, then switched to this lilac and greenery. The off-center opening was just meant for this kind display. 18″ long, 7-9″ tall, woodfired. $175
This piece was made custom for a Sogetsu arranger who decided to get a different piece in the end. I like how it flows but has surprising bends and dents. It would look great filled overflowing with food and flowers and all manner of things. Stoneware, highfired for durability. About 20″ long 8-9″ wide, 6″ tall. This piece found a home but could be custom ordered $150+/-.
“Dancing Vases” come in a variety of heights to best fit your flower arranging needs. Comes in the blue/green glaze seen here, gold/black and a greenier/goldier version of this blue/green. 7″ – 14″ tall, $24-$75 depending on height.