Porcelain Beans

Lorraine Taylor and Nicky Smart created by

Lorraine Taylor and Nicky Smart

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A Pea Fit For A Princess

Influenced by tromp-l'oeil and early still life paintings of fruits, these porcelain pea pods and borlotti bean sculptures demonstrate the beauty of organic forms and the allure of natural details.

Perfectly proportioned and complete with tiny imperfections, these sculptures by artists Lorraine Taylor and Nicky Smart are hand molded from real garden-grown beans and peas. The artists then create and apply their own glazes, capturing texture, color and blemishes. Handmade in England. Sold separately.

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Lorraine Taylor and Nicky Smart

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Lorraine Taylor and Nicky Smart

Lorraine Taylor and Nicky Smart's Penkridge Ceramics began in 1984 in Penkridge, a village in Staffordshire, England. They specialize in making super realistic replicas of fruits, vegetables and nuts. Resembling still life paintings and organic forms, these delicious hand painted sculptures have been featured in galleries, museums and BBC television shows.

For their fruit pieces, Taylor and Smart select a fruit specimen that they wish to recreate. They gravitate towards interesting shapes and ones that look orchard-grown rather than supermarket perfect.

Next, the artists make molds of several pieces of fruit out of plaster. After the molds dry, they begin the casting process using liquid clay. Each piece goes through six glazes. The different kiln-firings create depth, color and texture.

Finally, the pieces are hand painted, including quirky blemishes and imperfections. Sculptor Alan Ballantyne assists the two women by providing hand painted pewter leaves and twigs for the porcelain sculptures.

Made from
porcelain ECO silk paper
Peapod: 4" L x .5"H, Borlotti: 7.5" L x .75" H
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  • Attractive Design
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  • Really fabulous artistic
  • Wonderful pieces


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  • Beautifuuly made durable
  • Bedroom
  • Living Room

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I find your catalog unique. I shop a lot through the internet and I am so please with the Penkirk Ceramics, they are totally unique and beautifully made. Thank you, Jenny Schimpff

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