As I was digging my cannas to put them in the greenhouse over winter, I realised that I had never looked at the closely before. Cannas are tuberous; they grow from root to plant, often reaching four feet in height, before dying and returning to a dormant state in Autumn. They bear showy flowers and produce seed pods, but in the UK, the season is so short they never produce viable seeds. These plants are all mouth and no trousers, so to speak.
It is these barren seed pods that I used as a basis for this project. There is no political statement to this work, instead I chose to celebrate this sad fruit, making the seed pods look fertile, bursting with life and abundance, deliberately exaggerating their subtle lines.
Porcelain, silver, glass
Approximately 6-10" wide and 4-10" tall