Freehand Peony

Peony 1

A few months ago I worked on a new kind of peony. It was something I’d been wanting to do for a long time but it seemed thetime was never right for this project. There was always something else, more important or urgent to do. Then, one day I found the time and inspiration to sit at my working table and began to give substance to what was in my mind.

My aim was to achieve something visually impressive but easy to make. Most of all, I wanted to shape it using my hands instead of cutters.

Peony 2

I’ve been making sugar flowers for quite a while now, and one of the things I favour is shaping blooms using as little equipment as possible, to make them really personal and unique.

I was extremely satisfied with the result. I knew from the moment I assembled the centre of the bloom that it matched exactly the picture i had in my mind. I was so happy that I grabbed my camera, shot a picture with the idea of sharing it on my blog.

Peony 4

Oddly enough, publishing the pictures of that flower after the photoshoot took almost as long as letting it out of my mind and into reality.

But in the end here it is, diligently photographed for you to enjoy and hopefully to provide inspiration. I hope you like it as much as I do!

Peony 3

Squires School Class July 2013

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This year I seem to be blessed with the opportunity to teach my beloved sugar flowers beyond the borders of Italy. After attending Squires Kitchen’s Exhibition in England and Expotarta in Spain, last July I had the pleasure to be invited to teach a two-day class at Squires Kitchen International School in Farnham, Surrey.

Besides being my first two-day class in the UK, the course scored other pleasant records. The one I cherish the most is having the youngest student ever, a lovely, talented 14 years-old girl named Helena. In spite of her young age, Helena has already attended several classes and acquired quite an impressive experience for her age. I really admired her professional and determined approach to the course. I was also delighted to learn that another student had flown right from Ireland to attend my class.

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The course was about one of my favourite combination of flowers: roses and hydrangeas. Well, I guess this might not be just a favourite of mine, since theclass sold-out pretty quickly!

Students worked hard and concentrated on techniques such as wiring petals and leaves, colouring each piece to obtain a rich, yet natural look and assembling their flowers to make them stand out.

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Many of the students had little and some none-at-all experience of sugar flowers making. All made great flowers (you can judge by the picture of the lovely arrangements) and sported big, pleased smiles at the end of the course (I think this shows in the pictures too!). I felt my mission was accomplished.

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Sometimes as I teach I tend to forget that I’m actually working, it is more like spending great time doing what I like the most, in company of lovely, like-minded people, sharing our love for the craft. This is literally how I felt about my class at SK’s school.

This relaxed feeling is highly supported by Squires Kitchen school environment. They provide the perfect conditions to learn in a professional, friendly atmosphere.

Gardenia & Jasmine Class August 2013 – UK

Romantic Bouquet Class

Good news for whom may be interested in my summer courses in the UK.
The July course “Vintage Charm Bouquet” – Roses and Hydrangeas is sold out but there are some places left in the “Romantic Bouquet” – Gardenias and Jasmines August class.
For all the details, please follow this link.