I have been making rose sculptures for 11 years now. Well bone china roses that long. It began in May of 2004 I offered to be a volunteer at Coalport China Museum. On my first day I was taught how to make roses out of bone china clay by a lovely lady called Mary who had been a demonstrator at museum for years. On day 3 of my practicing making these flower 3 visitors to the museum and asked me how many years I had been making them. This brought fits of giggles from me when my reply was 2 days! It seemed my apprenticeship in rose flower making was over. However there were many other flowers such as the daffodil, daisy and the spiky one as I still call it which took a bit longer than 2 days to master. But I was a complete natural. I remember just knowing I would be able to make them before I even tried.
This voluntary role led led to being offered a job as very soon Mary decided to retire. So from then on I have done the odd days work at Coalport China Museum.
I still today love to make flowers. I am not overly keen on the flower baskets and coalbrookdale ware myself, but can appreciate the work that went into them. At least the colours were a nice change from the Cobalt blue and white porcelain.
This led me to one evening back in November 2013 when I was playing around with some clay and my flower people were born.
I have used many clays and found a 50/50 porcelain and stone ware clay is ideal for a glazed finish. See left carousel below. For a marble, mat or bisc finish I have found parian clay. Parian clay is hard to sculpt with as its not a sculpting clay, however I manage and just love the finish. See right carousel below.