The “Aestivation” by Kara Leigh Ford
Aestivation is the arrangement of petals in a flower bud before it opens. In this piece, it represents the potential inside all women. As soon as Kara saw the icon, it was clear to her that she needed to create a vessel for this project; a vase to hold a single flower (the idea). The modernist form, with its abstract curves and strong lines, lent itself to hand-building. She wanted the form to feel powerful yet understated and elegant. Keeping with the monochromatic theme, she chose to use a slightly textured black clay, leaving it unglazed to celebrate the texture. The interior has a transparent glaze, making it waterproof and functional.
Black stoneware clay, twice fired in an electric kiln up to 1220 degrees centigrade. 4lbs. 27cm high x 14.5cm wide.
100% of the proceeds from this one-of-a-kind piece will benefit Women for Women UK.