Hi, my name is Sunisa Yorgason. I am a local artist from Manassas, Virginia. I am a member of the Northern Virginia Handcrafter’s Guild, since 2005.
I sculpt and hand-paint flowers and floral arrangements from a specialty clay. The majority of the arrangements I make are orchids- in all their variety and beauty- but I make several other flower varieties as well. I can also vary the size of the flowers and arrangements. While the life-size arrangements are stunning in their realism, many people enjoy miniature versions.
I’m sure that you will find the flowers to be both strikingly beautiful and extraordinarily lifelike. The clay flowers stay in perfect condition nearly forever, so my arrangements are ideal for furnishing your home or office, as keepsakes for a special occasion or event, as part of a collection, or simply as a special and unique gift.
Take a minute to view a few samples of my work. I welcome inquiries and special orders. Please come see me at one of my upcoming shows, or contact me by phone or email.
Unique hand-crafted flowers
My arrangements of clay flowers are crafted using techniques I learned in Thailand. The arrangements consist entirely of clay with the exception of adhesive, paint, and thin wires that support the larger pieces. The clay I use is a mixture of a special Japanese clay and a Thai terra clay. The clay is not fired; the arrangements are air dried and the final product is slightly pliable, though a bit fragile.
Constructing the flowers and arrangements is time consuming and involves several steps. I first mix the clay with oil paint to give the clay its base color. Next, I flatten the clay and then individually cut and shape the petal and leaf pieces using specially designed tools. After the pieces air-dry for about 24 hours, I hand-paint the pieces to match the fine detail and subtle shading of actual flowers. I then assemble the various pieces into whole flowers, adding stems made of clay supported by wire.
Finally, I place the individual flowers into a pre-selected pot, a piece of driftwood, or another medium. The “base” can greatly enhance the character of the arrangement, and I take great care in matching the base with the arrangement.