Martini Lady

Martini Lady

It’s a snowy day, totally unexpected, and I’m housebound with the flu :-(… Yes, I’m feeling pretty sorry for myself!

So I decided to share my ‘Martini Lady’ with you… For some reason her ‘sass’ makes me feel better! She was a gift from my hubby a while back, and I just love her attitude and abundant personality.

Isn’t she great?

Would you believe this work of art is painted on clay? The white background is actually the wall where this piece hangs.

Local Cobble Hill artist Harriet Hiemstra describes how she uses clay as canvas…

Clay is rolled into thin slabs. Images are carefully drawn and textures incised, stamped and rolled into the wet clay. Working in short series I use the playful imagery and fabulous textures inspired by the ‘Flapper era’ to showcase my eccentric imagination. Each piece is painted with underglaze and fired in an electric kiln several times to develop the rich detail.

This particular piece, my ‘Martini Lady’, has a stem vase moulded from clay that is attached at the back and forms part of the hanging mechanism. In keeping with the fabulous textures of the Flapper era that Harriet mentions I’m thinking I’d like to put peacock feathers in the vase…

Something like this.

What do you think?

There’s also a peacock feather wreath that’s kind of fun.

I really like the wreath, but I’m not sure how I would work it in…

So this is how the feathers would potentially look… you have to use your imagination to envision the feathers as an extension of Martini Lady’s own flapper cap.

Are you seeing it?

Okay, I think it’s time to have a nap! Clearly my conjested head is getting to me πŸ™‚

For more about the artist Harriet Hiemstra, and to see other examples of her work, click here. Or you can visit:

If I were to own another piece of Harriet’s work, I would love one of her vases. How about you? Would you like one of these pieces for yourself?

If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

Photo: Sheila Zeller

Peacock Feathers: Pier One Imports

Peacock Feather Wreath: Pier One Imports

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