Work in progress – poppies

With many events around the country in 2014 to mark the centenary of WW1, poppies were more popular than ever. Tom Piper and Paul Cummins, who filled the Tower of London moat with their “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”, took the symbolism up to a scale not seen before. Anyone who visited the installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies could not fail to be moved by what they saw.

I’ve been making ceramic poppies as garden sculptures for a couple of years. Currently I am working on a commission that will group seven poppies and have been experimenting with different designs.

Below are a couple of preview images, from my iPad, of work in progress prior to firing.

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Poppy seed head and emerging flower

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Poppy seed head

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