I adore blue and white, whether I find it on ceramics, textiles or any kind of artwork. I was stopped in my tracks when I recently came upon this amazing contemporary "tulipiere" on the top floor of the LVM building at the Chazen Museum here in Madison.
I've purchased blue and white flower bricks and other vases in those colors but can only dream about owning such a big dramatic container as this one. It was at least 3' tall. If you are not familiar with them, "tulipieres" or tulip-holders are fancy containers typically made of hand-crafted pottery, classically Delftware. They are designed to hold a single flower per spout with water held in the large central area.
Mark and I were at the museum for a noontime retirement party and afterwards he said I should see this new exhibition. This piece is "Tulip Vase" by Ann Agee, an American artist born in 1959. The porcelain vase was made in 1994 and was lent to the museum by Stephen and Pamela Hootkin. This piece along with a number of other stunning works on display are on loan from the same collectors. I hope it is a sign that they will eventually donate them to the museum.
To see what other gardeners have put in a vase today, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this weekly meme.