Posted 6 years ago
Florist, Author + Social Reformer (1886-1960)
One of my favourite vases - ever ....... is this one by Connie!
"Few people have had such a powerful influence over the way we decorate our homes as Constance Spry. First as a teacher and social reformer, then as a society florist and best-selling author, Spry (1886-1960) taught mid-20th century Britons how to beautify their homes with such unassuming materials as berries, vegetable leaves, twigs, ferns and weeds displayed in a motley assortment of containers from gravy boats and bird cages, to tureen lids and baking trays."
And then she designed vases in glass for Royal Brierley - Stevens & Williams and in ceramic later for Wedgwood.
"Just as Keith Murray was employed as a consultant by Brierley to produce designs in the 1930’s, so later was the flower arranger and writer Constance Spry. Unlike Murray’s work, which explored and harnessed the qualities of the medium, pieces by Spry were necessarily practical because of her background as a flower arranger. Whereas Murray experimented with shape and technique, Spry ensured that her designs were solid in nature, using traditional forms, such as footed urns, with, or without handles. To date all the pieces seen have a ripple-moulded finish to the body of the item and most are clear. Like Murray she achieved the accolade of having a facsimile signature to the base of her designs. She also designed vases and bowls for Wedgwood, just as Murray did."