Making the Daffodils
Step by step...
"Each daffodil is made by hand meaning that
every one is completely unique"
The clay used to make the daffodils is called Raku and is very different from the Terra Cotta clay used to make the poppies. When it’s wet, Raku is a dark grey and it gradually lightens in colour as it dries out. By the time it’s fired and comes out of the kiln, the clay is a pale buff colour.
The daffodils were more of a challenge than the poppies, even though the process was similar. The rougher Raku clay is marginally harder to work with; the head of the daffodil has a bigger surface area and takes more time to roll out; having six separate petals the mould is more complex, and because the hole in the middle is bigger it sometimes stretches or changes shape as the wet clay is moved from place to place. We also experimented with putting a texture on some daffodil heads using a patterned rolling pin.
The poppies were made during the months of August and September over a particularly lovely summer - the clay started to dry as soon as the shapes were cut. The daffodils were put out during the day and needed returning back inside at night to continue the natural drying process, and this was repeated several times before the clay was dry enough to fire.
The clay daffodil heads were painted with ‘Go Bananas’ an acrylic gloss paint. The trumpet of the daffodil is made from cork, and these were once again sourced from Portugal. To give some variety, they were painted several different colours. The back of the cork was painted green to look like the back of the flower.
A final touch on the daffodils was a streak of gold wax on some of the petals. Scroll through the images below to see how the daffodils were created.
Scroll through the images below to see some of the steps involved in making the daffodil project come to life.