This week’s projects began with me wondering about eaglets. Yes, the connection between ornithology and floral arts seems odd. In this case, the question came up while examining a vintage animal planter at the Goodwill Store.
It’s a nicely detailed piece that was manufactured in Japan, probably in the 1960s. The proportions suggest that the bird is not a fully grown adult bald eagle. It’s obviously not a hatchling. I have not found a satisfactory answer to the question, but I’ll say it’s an eaglet anyway.
The eaglet continues the odd, old practice of creating floral containers that depict animals. They have openings for arrangements in their backs, so something needs to go there. Otherwise you just have a figurine with a gruesome hole. In this case, I tried to be as subtle as possible because the eaglet is the primary focus, not the flowers. Also, since the rose is the official national flower of the United States, I included three small roses.
This old jardinière has been taking up storage space for quite awhile. The turquoise glaze doesn’t work well with many potential projects, so it’s been neglected until this week. Why not use it for an autumn display? The bright pot is an unexpected base for somber, understated grasses and blooms.
The small pottery vase contains a simple contemplative study of cone shapes. There is an expansive appearance here that is not cluttered with excess.
The Blue Jay of Happiness ponders a saying from Lakota elder Black Elk as quoted by John G. Neihardt. “The soldiers did go away and their towns were torn down; and in the Moon of Falling Leaves (November), they made a treaty with Red Cloud that said our country would be ours as long as grass should grow and water flow.”