Here are some hollyhocks I grew at my lavender gardens in California. These are called purple whirlygig. Oh they were a sight to see on the hillside in the middle of my herb garden. I thought of these because Gary sold my hollyhock vase yesterday.
I made the vase in 2007 and reduction fired it in 2008. It's slab built with an applied hollyhock leaf sprig on either side of the vase and is 6 1/2 inches tall x 5 x 3 inches wide. I used black mountain clay and a celadon glaze. Nowadays I wouldn't use celadon on a dark clay but beginner's luck sometimes happily occurs. The lady who saw it said she just had to have it. It was thick and heavy but beautiful none the less.
Here's a hollyhock platter from the same time period. It's slab built with applied sprigs of hand formed hollyhock flowers and leaves and is 12 x 9 x 1/2 inches. It was made with Rod's mix clay and glazed with Jensen red and celadon glazes. It's one of the few high fired platters I made back then which didn't warp, but the glaze crawled a bit. The plate was meant to be hung on the wall with a plate hanger; it's another piece someone just had to have. Before I let Gary take any more of my pottery to the market I should take better photos. I may have to make more hollyhock inspired pieces. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.