The poppies have been hand-made and individually shaped by a team of local workers in Derby and Stoke, meaning no two poppies are the same. Each one is a piece of art – one that you have a chance to buy.
Clay is sliced by hand and rolled into large flat sheets. A metal stamp, much like a large biscuit cutter, creates patterns from the sheets of clay which are paired together to form six overlapping petals. The petals are individually moulded to create the shape of the flower and then finished for colour with a weatherproof glaze. Each flower is different and there are variations in finishes and colour produced during the process.
The poppies will have been in the moat for several months, so they may show natural signs of weathering. The stem will intentionally turn brown with rust in this process for a more natural look, but this will no doubt add to the overall character.
Check out the film below to see the creative process in action.
The poppies will remain as part of the installation until 11 November 2014, Armistice Day .
Don’t miss your chance to purchase your own ceramic poppy as a unique reminder of the lasting legacy of the First World War. For more information and to buy your poppy, head over to the website.