Monday, 23 December 2013 16:27

Flowerpot Gardens With A Twist

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Flowerpot Gardening is a newly realized talent of Katherine Hanson in Oswego, NY. View two of her pieces at the Fey Dragon on W. Bridge St next to Paura's Liquors. They are both available for purchase. Flowerpot Gardening is a newly realized talent of Katherine Hanson in Oswego, NY. View two of her pieces at the Fey Dragon on W. Bridge St next to Paura's Liquors. They are both available for purchase. Submitted photo

     Social networking sites such as Pinterest often inspire its users to create artistic masterpieces out of ordinary items. It is because of Pinterest that Katherine Hansen, an artist and a busy mom, was inspired to create `Fairy Flowerpot Gardens.`

     "I was looking at sites like Pinterest" Hansen said. "I saw many artistic pieces that were inspirational but many were using store bought items to enhance their pieces."

     As a result, Hansen decided to use recycled materials in order to create her flowerpots, which feature a fairy house and a garden; made from of all natural materials.

     "I use natural items like grass, dirt, wood and rocks to create these flowerpots," Hansen said. "I already enjoy walks in our natural environment, now I find everything I need during those walks."

     Hansen started crafting her "Fairy Flowerpot Gardens" in the springtime earlier this year. Since then, she said she has completed about 15 to 20 flowerpots. Each flowerpot differs from the last so each one has its own unique style.

     "The ideas just come spontaneously," Hansen said. "I start creating one and then it kind of develops from there."

     The focal point of Hansen's flowerpots is the fairy house, which Hansen said takes the most time to make.

     "The actual houses themselves are so intricate," Hansen said. "They have so much detail. Sometimes it may take up to two weeks just to finish one house because there's just so much to it."

     While the houses take up most of Hansen's time, Hansen said the flowerpot gardens themselves do not take up nearly as much. She said sometimes she is able to whip up a flowerpot garden in an afternoon, but this often varies.

     "If I work nonstop, meaning every single afternoon until nighttime, I can get one garden done quickly," Hansen said. "But it's kind of like a sculpture. It takes time."

     Hansen does not only sculpt "Fairy Flowerpot Gardens," she also draws, paints and works with other crafts. She works out of her home, mainly in her front yard.

     "I wish I had a room in the house to make the flowerpots," Hansen said. "But I usually work in the yard, which is nice because there's a lot of nature around which helps me get inspired."

     Two of Hansen's "Fairy Flowerpot Gardens" are available to view and purchase at The Fey Dragon on 52 W. Bridge St. Hansen said she is also looking into displaying her work at craft shows throughout the county.

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