Get Spring Ready With New Ceramics From Helen Martino

Ready for spring?

It’s officially spring - nights are getting lighter, days getting warmer and Easter is just around the corner. And whether you view Easter as a traditional religious holiday or as an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast guilt-free (or both), there’s no doubt that the four-day break is something to be enjoyed. Easter might be an altogether quieter affair at the moment with families thinking of loved ones elsewhere, but you can still take the opportunity to sit down with your household around the table to share a special meal. And thanks to Helen’s new spring pieces we can build the tablescape and garden of dreams! It's also a great time to get creative with all the family, from decorating eggs to making decorations for the table. We are going to be giving paper flower making a go (see pictures below), using Helen’s paper flowers for inspiration.

New in by Helen Martino

Start by refreshing your dinner table and/or garden this spring with these amazing new ceramics by Helen Martino. There's no better way to set the scene for spring than with flowers and birds….

Here come the Birds!

Bring spring to your table - why not fill a vase with fresh flowers from your own garden and add a playful and stylish ceramic bird, chicken or duck to make your table extra special. Simple napkins, flowers and ceramics can make it feel super spring-like. Or simply add a ceramic bird to your kitchen worktop placed next to your eggs. What more do you need to gaze at to make you smile, as you cook up a feast.

These new ceramics by Helen Martino are all unique one-offs which have been handmade and uniquely formed from individually cut sheets of white stoneware clay. Helen takes the inspiration of birds, chickens, hens and ducks and creates these fun but functional vases. Hand decorated with different brushes in different coloured underglazes and then the gold detail is then applied, creating a unique piece that has fun, function and personality galore! 

Have a look in the shop section, you will be spoilt for choice: https://designedandcreated.com/collections/helen-martino

These great little bud vases will make your home extra special and add that stylish but homemade feel. For any of you that know Helen, you will know how much time and patience she puts into making these and you would have seen many of them scattered around hers and her friends' and family’s homes. Happily sitting in their own right on a shelf or window ledge or used as a mini vase full with flowers, they add interest and fun to any room. And why not get crafty with handmade paper flowers?


Helen takes spring flowers to the next level

Helen’s studio looks out on to her garden and it’s where she gets much of her inspiration from. For many years, she has made ceramic flowers for her own garden which live outside all year round. They enhance the flower beds during spring and summer nestled amongst the real flowers while in the autumn and winter. When the flowers have died away, they lift the beds with their personality and style. Well, as I’m her daughter in law, I have come to love seeing them in her garden and my daughter has always known a garden with real and ceramic flowers! But now, for the very first time, Helen has made them available for sale. So, don’t all rush at once!

Some made with stoneware and some in porcelain, they are beautifully shaped and decorated front and back (the back being simpler in decoration). They come with short, medium or long stems which are either made in acrylic or stainless steel. These wonderful decorations can be bought as a pack or as a single stem. They are available as a limited edition as they are a huge amount of work for Helen so its going to be first come first served with these.

So, get spring and summer (well, all of the seasons) ready and buy a ceramic flower for your flowerbeds or your pots. If you don’t have a garden or want to keep them indoors then they look equally good in a vase, how versatile are these gems?

 

Happy spring time everyone!

Laura x

 

 

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