Poppies have personal allure for Langley artist

A Langley artist has found inspiration in the paperlike flowers that have become a symbol of remembrance for Canada’s military veterans.

Julie Bourne has been creating raku pottery poppies, each one putting her in a contempletive mood as Remembrance Day approaches.

“I was doing these for a show for FLAG [the Fort Langley Artists Group] on poppies and sunflowers,” she explained.

Her mother died while she was making her pieces and she wrote a personal note on the back of one of her clay sculptures.

Then she started adding special notes on the back of each and found it’s been healing for her.

Also in the back of her mind was the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

“My mom’s father apparently lied to be in both world wars,” she said.

First, he said he was older than he was, to fight in WWI, and then lied about how young he was, to fight in WWII.

He died one month before she was born but cast a shadow over her and now her art.

Bourne grows poppies in her garden and had wanted to do something in her art with the big, billowy red beauties.

She’s now made about 50, in red and white.

Bourne is hoping to connect with local Royal Canadian Legion branches to display them and have them available to the public in red and white. She can be contacted at juliegym@telus.net or call 604-356-6994.

She’s also holding a show at her studio, 4300 200th St. on Nov. 22, 23, 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In 1998, she undertook a handbuilding clay course at Kwantlen College and has been creating pieces since.

There will be raku works of various subjects, glass items and clay pieces.

“And we will be giving demos on how I make my glass beads,” Bourne added.

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