Porcelain Vases for McQueens 

I’ve been working a great deal this year with McQueens, the amazing Bethnal Green based florists in London. McQueens work in rather prestigious circles so this really has been quite an honour for me! Recently they were in Cannes installing flowers for the Vanity Fair party and you can also see their work adorning the Skylon restaurant in the Royal Festival Hall. 

My brief was to create a simple, hand thrown, porcelain bud vase with clean lines. A set of prototypes were produced and I’ve worked closely with founder Kally Ellis. More recently a batch has been produced especially for McQueens 25th Anniversary celebrations. You can read  about it on the McQueens blog here. 

The photo below was taken by McQueens who have used it for their 25th Anniversary invitations …

And below are a few more pictures of these vases during production plus some photos by Bill Mudge of the most recent batch, taken the day before they were packed and dispatched to Bethnal Green. 

Christmas delivery for McQueens

I was really excited back in November when McQueens Flowers asked me to produce a batch of porcelain bud vases for the New Year. McQueens are an amazing contemporary London florist who supply famous establishments like Claridges and The Connaught and events such as the Vanity Fair Oscar party, the Wimbledon Champions Ball and the TriBeCa Film Festival in New York. 

First I created and posted a box of prototypes to McQueens for them to have a think about. I was then surprised and a little daunted when they phoned to ask if I could pull out all the stops to produce a batch in time for them to dispatch before Christmas!  So I took a deep breath and gave it a go. 

The vases were all finished and dispatched just in time last Wednesday and here’s a set of photos to document how it went. Very hard work generally with some long nights at the wheel but it went well, I’ve learned a lot, the kiln behaved beautifully and the only real problem was a fox that stole three pairs of my kiln gloves in the night. Unfortunately, in the final push I forgot to get a shiny close up photo of the finished articles but I hope you’ll get the idea.