The exhibition Dialogue of Flowers, which runs at the Upper Bathhouse of the Catherine Park till the end of September, demonstrates the art of ceramic floristry, a.k.a. botanical or floral sculpture.
Fifteen ceramic floral bouquets on display are presented by the masters Elena Safieva, Olga Shuldeshova, Tatiana Fedorchenko and Lyubov Mamonova.
Their ceramic flower compositions are made up of field and garden plants such as tulips, poppies, daffodils, water lilies, violets, roses, cornflowers and dandelions. Some are inspired by the famous still life paintings like Vase of Flowers in a Window Niche by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder and The Spring and Flora by Giuseppe Arcimboldo.
All the flowers are fashioned by hand from cold porcelain, a special kind of self-hardening polymer clay allowing to convey the smallest details of plant texture. But creating a bouquet takes one and half to two months from conception to implementation. Most of the time is spent on flowers, each requiring a unique way of form design and modelling. Click pictures to enlarge them.