“Are those real flowers?” Is a question that has been asked by people many times! But it’s only one of the comments I have received at the many flower shows I’ve displayed at in and around the Traverse City area, as well as exhibiting my work at regional art and craft shows.
I learned the art of creating these special Thai clay flowers in Thailand while visiting my mom there a few years ago. I sculpt, paint and arrange the flowers, which are created from a very special clay. My specialties are Orchids, Ghomphrena, Carnation, Calla Lily, Plumeria, Trillium and others!
These flowers are made from special formulated air dry clay. I begin by flattening the clay, then cut and shape each petal with special hand tools, using wire and adhesives. Before the petals are completely dry, I hand paint the petals and leaves to achieve the correct color of the actual flower. I then assemble and arrange them together to complete the whole flower. The life size flowers must be allowed to dry over night. The following day they are then arranged into a vase or pot or on wood, creating a very life-like presentation.
If you would like to learn this fun and rewarding craft go to the Classes page to see which class is coming up that will fit your schedule!
Ann is a local artist in Houston, Texas.
She is a member of Northwestern Michigan Orchid Society
as well as the Downtown Art Center.