Scaled down representations of things in our world have been popular for ages. Furthermore, miniaturization has become somewhat of a fetish during the contemporary era. Today’s floral projects take advantage of that theme in an artisanal sense.
Many of today’s industrial products incorporate planned obsolescence so companies can sell more stuff. This “VW” car planter was stamped out in China then sold in high volume stores. It’s a familiar shape, cleverly decorated, is made from inexpensive materials, and can be disposed of when the owner is tired of it—just like the real thing. The big pink Gerbera Daisy compliments the whimsy of the throwaway container.
The kitten themed bud vase is of much better quality. The USA Pottery vase was designed with the intent that it would be a treasured object for the home. The grade of the pottery clay and glazes are of excellent quality. The detail of design is much more carefully shaped when compared to that of the “VW” planter. Half-a-dozen designer paper roses are at home in this small vase.
The “arcature” vase was styled by Howard Pierce of Claremont, California. This carefully crafted artifact is a very limited edition from the early 1950s. It was intended to be a treasured keepsake. This is one of the nicest vases in my collection.