New Candleholder Design: Magnolia-Lotus-Orchid-acae Flower

Autumn is coming, keeping me on track to make things that might be good gift ideas for the holiday seasons.

But yesterday I had much less noble goals. I was feeling restless because my "to-do list" didn't seem interesting enough. After doing a bit of cleaning and organizing--you KNOW I must have been restless to do a bit of cleaning when not otherwise threatened--I realized I could make a new design of candleholder and also revive a sculpture skill I haven't used lately.

FLOWER CANDLEHOLDER SPEEDS THROUGH R&D. The early results are shown in pictures below. The design is based on a flower-like shape I'm fond of that is very loosely based on forms I learned to make while sculpting fruits and vegetables professionally. Don't bother looking up the species, because it doesn't exist. It has qualities of a magnolia, of a lotus, and an orchid. All flowers I adore. In the center is a little raised bowl for the actual candle. It is separate so that cleaning is easier.

The last photo is of another candleholder in the same clay and color style I plan to use on the flower candleholders. The clay is a toasty brown with a white shiny glaze. Details on the edges will be brown.

So far I've made two flowers. Who knows how many more I'll make!

I think the edges should be brown, don't you? Or some kind of pattern inside the petals? Only making two flowers might not leave enough room for experimentation.....

 

 Two flower forms, shown with three separate candle-holding cups.

Two flower forms, shown with three separate candle-holding cups.

 A side view showing wildly curving petals on the raised base.

A side view showing wildly curving petals on the raised base.

 First flowers will be decorated like this: Example of another candleholder I've made showing the brown warm clay color surrounded by white shiny glaze.

First flowers will be decorated like this: Example of another candleholder I've made showing the brown warm clay color surrounded by white shiny glaze.