At this time of year the simple poppy becomes a highly significant image in the UK. In case you don’t know why I will explain, if you do know please jump to the next paragraph. During World War I, the ground where trench warfare took place was constantly disturbed. In June, the simple wild poppy bloomed in huge numbers.
This image was used by the Haig Fund to raise money for a national memory and support for those injured in wars, wherever and whenever they take place. This memorial takes place at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month each year. Realistically, the nearest Sunday to this date is earmarked for our national event. Wreaths of poppies are laid at War Memorials all across the country with the one at the Cenotaph in London being televised.
However, the poppy is a very popular image in general so I thought it was about time I made some.
The poppy hanger is 7.5cm across, the poppy coaster is 10cm square. The design is very simple but that makes it all the more appealing. I think I’ll be making a few of these as they have proved very popular so far. As the glass is hand cut each piece will be very individual.
On a technical note, scoring in a circle isn’t easy. I have a circle scorer but even getting that to work properly is an art. I managed to get 5 out of 8 attempts OK, though one smashed when I dropped it on the floor! The first circle I cut I used a circular hole saw (circular metal bit that drills a large round hole), that was successful but took a long time to cut. There are no short cuts! However, the circle is a very pleasing shape so I think I’ll just have to get lots of practice with my scorer.
I a selling these poppies for £6.00 each but pleas note that they are not associated with the Haig Fund.