THE MOTIFS
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The flowers chosen for blomst have been gathered from around the globe, each selected for their interesting pasts and of course, their intrinsic beauty. With blomst, the aim of the the style was not hyper-realism, but to render flowers in an imaginative way and present blooms as precious botanical jewels. Each flower has been selected to best fit the form of each piece, allowing it to grow and blossom over the porcelain.

“It is my hope that my passion for blomst will resonate with others.
That perhaps a certain flower that grows in the blomst garden will evoke in the beholder a pleasant memory in some very personal manner.”

Wouter Dolk
Artist

Tree Peony TEAPOT, 1 L/

Captivating and beguiling, the petals of the Tree Peony possess the quality of luxurious crushed silk. Cultivated for millenia and undeniably the empress among all garden flowers.

 

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Fuschia CUP AND SAUCER, 22 CL/

The graceful ‘Lady’s Ear Drops’ for they do indeed appear as fine floral jewellery. Introduced into England in the 18th century by a sailor returning with a small plant from his voyage to South America.

 

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Lilac CUP AND SAUCER, 22 CL/

Intoxicatingly fragrant, the great floral clouds of the Lilac are harvested and distilled to form an absolute so vital in the alchemy of the perfumier’s art. Among the scores of showy garden shrubs an enduring classic.

 

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Hosta OVAL DISH, 24 CM/

In China, Japan and Korea, Hosta has been valued for its highly variable foliage colour and bloom for generations. Born on tall stems, the dangling blooms in shades of white and purples are reminiscent of delicate lilies.

 

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Dahlia MUG, 33 CL/

Originally cultivated as a food crop and medicine by the Aztecs the Dahlia’s flower evokes high summer. Voluptuous in bloom, the flowers are so valued in the garden and vase alike.

 

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Camellia MUG, 33 CL/

An ancient Chinese emperor strolling in his garden was struck by serendipity when a Camellia leaf fell into his cup, thus tea was born - one of the many romantic tales associated with this flower steeped in a 3,000-year-old history.

 

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Narcissus MUG, 33 CL/

The Tazetta Narcissus, with a rich history in both fact and legend this small but highly fragrant flower is prized for its late winter bloom. Native to Europe, this plant has travelled along the fabled ‘Silk Road’ centuries ago and has now naturalised in Southern Japan, where it is known as ‘Suisen.’

 

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Sweet Pea MUG, 33 CL/

There is no greater delight than burying one’s nose in a cluster of fragrant Sweet Peas. Lost in the midst of time, its historical origins possibly harken back to the small Italian island of Sicily or the exotic reaches of China and Sri Lanka.

 

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Lily PLATE, 27 CM/

Awakened by the warmth of the sun the heralds of summer, the magnificent Trumpet Lilies are born. Historically, the white forms, seemingly moulded of fine porcelain, were long associated as a symbol of purity, of pristine beauty.

 

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Iris PLATE, 27 CM/

The stately Iris, long associated with royalty and in fact, the inspiration of the classic fleur-de-lis symbol. Sculptural in form, the silken petals resemble fancy floral crowns. The roots of one type are known as ‘Orris’ and used in the perfumer’s art as a fixing agent for fine fragrances.

 

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Narcissus PLATE, 15 CM/

The Tazetta Narcissus, with a rich history in both fact and legend this small but highly fragrant flower is prized for its late winter bloom. Native to Europe, this plant has travelled along the fabled ‘Silk Road’ centuries ago and has now naturalised in Southern Japan, where it is known as ‘Suisen.’

 

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Viburnum PLATE, 15 CM/

Favoured for its fragrant pink bloom in late winter and early spring, a time notorious in the absence of flowers. In Japan, a relative of this species is known as ‘Yabudemari,’ the Japanese Snowball Viburnum, a very popular shrub in Western gardens and a darling of the florist trade.

 

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Camellia PLATE, 15 CM/

An ancient Chinese emperor strolling in his garden was struck by serendipity when a Camellia leaf fell into his cup, thus tea was born - one of the many romantic tales associated with this flower steeped in a 3,000-year-old history.

 

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French Anemone PLATE, 22 CM/

The Anemone’s petals, reminiscent of fluttering butterflies on a breeze. As legend recounts, this flower was born out of the tears of the goddess Aphrodite and named after ‘anemos,’ ancient Greek for wind.

 

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Hyacinth PLATE, 22 CM/

Introduced into Europe in the 16th century, one cannot imagine spring’s arrival without the appearance of the waxy and sweetly fragrant blooms of Hyacinth. Another valuable floral scent, the blooms are distilled and utilised in perfumery.

 

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Carnation DEEP PLATE, 24 CM/

The ‘divine’ flowers, beloved by the ancient Greeks and Romans who created ceremonial crowns of them. Cherished for its spicy scent and medicinal value since the time of the herbalists of Europe.

 

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Rose DEEP PLATE, 24 CM/

With a 40 million year past, never has a single flower been imbued with such a rich historical sense. Immortalized, ‘A rose is a rose is a rose’ wrote American poet and platwright, Gertrude Stein.

 

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Fragrant Carnation BOWL, 14 CM/

The ‘divine’ flowers, beloved by the ancient Greeks and Romans who created ceremonial crowns of them. Cherished for its spicy scent and medicinal value since the time of the herbalists of Europe.

 

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Sweet Pea BOWL, 22 CM/

There is no greater delight than burying one’s nose in a cluster of fragrant Sweet Peas. Lost in the midst of time, its historical origins possibly harken back to the small Italian island of Sicily or the exotic reaches of China and Sri Lanka.

 

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