In addition to the floral design of “Enchanted,” my most recent floral designs are “Lady Slipper Orchid,” and “Porcelain Lady Slipper Orchid.”
The first “Lady Slipper Orchid,” is made of bronze and was created in the lost wax method of casting. The second version, made in porcelain, is a variation of the same design. They both have a lady slipper orchid for a head, but the designs of the bodies are different. In addition to being different materials, they are different price points. The casting cost for the bronze version is $ 500. As the porcelain piece is fired in a kiln, there are no casting costs. The unique quality about the porcelain sculpture, is that it is actually paper porcelain. Paper porcelain differs from regular porcelain in that it is infused with paper. By mixing paper into the porcelain, it opens up a whole new way of working with clay of any kind. The paper allows me to bond two dry pieces to each other- which is not possible with conventional clay.
By adding dry to dry, I was able to build the lady slipper orchid head with thin leaves that retain their shape. In addition to being able to add dry to dry, the paper allows for repairs to the clay both before and after firing, which are rarely successful with conventional clay.