Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What's old is new again

by Eleanor Hendriks

Just for fun, I decided a few weeks ago to revive an old pottery form that potters have been making for decades and that I haven't made in at least 5 years -the Pansy Ring.

The Pansy Ring is an unusual and versatile vase form that works really well in situations where a traditional vase just isn't suitable. It's low profile make it a great dinner table display, guests can see each other over the flowers and aren't in danger of knocking anything over as they pass the gravy. Flowers with tender or short stems are supported by the double wall of a pansy ring making it perfect for pansies (thus the name) and children's bouquets. They are simple to use -even the "arranging impaired" can make a lovely display easily. Put a candle in the middle for an instant centre piece. And last but not least -the form is so simple, a Pansy Ring can co-ordinate with any decorating style from traditional to country to modern.

Can you tell that I really think these things are great!?! And to top it off, they are a bit of a challenge to a potter's skill -which makes them a real pleasure to make as well...

I treated myself to a bouquet of flowers and spent some time photographing my latest crop in bloom...





If you've decided that you must have one of these for yourself, you can check them out in my Etsy store. This batch have been finding new homes quickly, but I don't think I'll let another 5 years pass before I make these nifty flower friends again...

5 comments:

Linda Starr said...

Hi Eleanor, sucbh beautiful photographs with the rings and flowers. I never heard of pansy rings and I love flowers and flower arranging. I may have seen one in an antique store and didn't know what it was. Thanks so much.

auryane said...

They're stunning, Eleanor. The next time that I place an order with you, I'll definitely have to request one. The apple-green color is especially appealing...

cynthia said...

Great idea, Eleanor - I haven't seen these before!

doeStudio said...

Hi Eleanor!
I love Pansy Rings and yours are beautiful! Good work - love it as usual. I think of you every time I use the mugs we purchased from your Etsy shop...love them!!!

AnneW said...

I love making these too. :) As you've said, they really are a conversation starter in your booth at a show!

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