Mindarie doctor Bronwen Holding a finalist in Etsy Design Awards


One of Bronwen Holding’s ceramics.
Bronwen Holding.
Mindarie doctor Bronwen Holding a finalist in Etsy Design Awards
One of Bronwen Holding’s ceramics. Bronwen Holding.

A MINDARIE doctor’s out-of-hours creativity has earnt her a finalist place in the Etsy Design Awards.

Bronwen Holding is a part-time GP and runs a small creative business making ceramic flowers.

One of her designs sold through the online marketplace for handmade and vintage goods garnered a finalist spot in the art, illustration and paper design category.

“The item up for an award is a hancrafted bouquet of ceramic protea flowers featured in a ceramic textured vase,” Dr Holding said.

“I divide my time between my growing ceramic flower business – Bron’s Ceramics – my part time medical career as a GP, and my cricketing boys and husband.

“My journey with clay started in 2009 in England, with adult pottery classes as an outlet for managing life’s stressors.

“I evolved from the love of throwing bowls on a wheel, to making two-dimensional ceramic miniature mosaic tiles.

“It was in 2014 that I started experimenting with the three-dimensional aspect of hand building clay flowers in an attempt to recreate the glorious English cottage garden.

“I now endeavour to recreate the perfect flower bouquet that lasts forever.”

Dr Holding said she drew inspiration from her passion for gardening and attempted to capture “the beauty of a freshly cut bunch of wildflowers in ceramic”.

She said designs drew on her flora experiences growing up in South Africa, then England and now Western Australia.

“Each petal and leaf is hand formed by myself from earthenware clay and kiln fired in my home workshop,” she said.

“The delicate blossoms are hand painted with a few coats of glaze before their second firing and then placed on stems.”

The public can vote for their favourite designs until June 7 through the community choice award.

Visit Dr Holding’s Etsy shop.