Inspiring Iris…..

Iris, one of the prettiest flowers of spring.  A flower that has so many looks and so many color combination.  My husband, Steven, has collected at least 150 different iris rhizomes over the years.  He has created quite an amazing iris garden, with a fantastic explosion of color every spring.  The mosaic bench wouldn’t be complete with out the iris included.  Our favorite hybridizer specializes in zebra striping his iris.  So, with Zebra Garden in mind I went to work on my iris.

irisdrawnWith the striping drawn on, I went to work painting it.

irispaintedThen I glazed it and waited to see the results after it fired.  I painted 3 different color schemes, some variety for the bench.

IrisfinishedNot bad, I think you can easily recognize the flower.  That in itself is progress.  When working with underglazes, I can paint 3 iris with the same color scheme, at the same time, and they would all look different.  This bench is coming together and I am very excited about placing it in our garden to enjoy over the spring and summer!  Now on to some greenery……………….. Cyn



About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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