Volunteers from all walks of life have been lending a helping hand to ensure that 5,000 beautiful ceramic butterflies are ready to be placed on the installation later on this month.
The butterflies have been hand-crafted at Johnson Tiles before being transported to Wade Ceramics for glazing, firing and finishing. This is a three-step process – first the butterflies are individually hand sprayed before being lined up on racks ready to enter the kiln. Then they are fired at an astonishing 1110 degrees before emerging from the fire a brilliant blue.
The final stage in the hand-made process is for the butterflies to be finished off by hand-painting and then packaged up ready for transport to the installation site at Trentham Gardens.
Dozens of volunteers have been down at the Wade Ceramics factory in Longton to help with the hand-painting, including people from local businesses, art and community groups, students from Staffordshire University, staff and Trustees from The Donna Louise, as well as a very special painter – Chloe Wilkes.
Chloe is an incredibly talented mouth painter and developed a real passion for painting whilst attending The Donna Louise along with her best friend, Charlotte, the young lady whose paintings inspired The Butterflies project.
Chloe wanted to get involved in painting some of the butterflies in memory of her friend and dozens of the butterflies that will be on the installation, “Taking Flight” at Trentham Gardens will have been painted by Chloe.
So much love and attention has gone into creating the butterflies, and each and every one is unique, just like the children and young adults at The Donna Louise. You have the chance to buy one of these very special butterflies and who knows, perhaps yours will have been painted by the very talented Chloe!Buy a Butterfly