Thursday, April 12, 2012

Petalsweet Peonies in San Francisco

It was just a quick trip to San Francisco...but I was so grateful to have the chance to work with some truly lovely students who created some of my most favorite sugar flowers...the open peony and freesia blossoms! We also happened to enjoy some gorgeous and inspiring Spring weather, even though we could only see it through the windows...many thanks to Richard Festen for hosting me at his fabulous Baking Arts studio - one of my favorite places to teach!

Here are some photos from the weekend...

All the tools and supplies set up at the studio:



Many thanks to the lovely Claudia Castro for taking and sharing the following seven photos:

Dusting freesia buds:



Freesia buds ready for assembly:



Dusting a peony bud:



Dusting peony pistils:



The peony center created with pistils and stamens:



Assembling the peony:





Thank you Claudia!! You are a talented flower maker AND photographer! x

Somehow, I did not get a photo of the gorgeous freesia sprays the students created...but they looked like this spray that was photographed by my dear friend Erin Wrightsman of Nurture Nature Photography:



And here are the gorgeous peonies from class...many made by students who were working with gumpaste for the first time:





And an adorable class photo!



Thank you to all of my wonderful students for a truly lovely class. What a pleasure to meet and work with you all! And thank you Richard for sharing your studio...I can't wait to be back in May for The Wedding Cake Class and additional sugar flower classes in the near future! New dates coming soon...

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10 comments:

Shiv said...

Wow...The flowers are gorgeous. Are the stamens also handmade or are they bought in stores? If in stores, where do you get them. They look so natural!

Jacqueline Butler said...

No I purchase the stamens...I use too many to make them by hand! You can find the online at Global Sugar Art or Sugarcraft. x

Eileen Fry Cakes said...

Love this!!!! What size wire gauge do you use on the peony petals? You're amazing and I hope to be as good as you someday.
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Jacqueline Butler said...

Hi Eileen...the smaller petals can be made with 26g and the larger with 24g. Thank you!! x

Annie Loo said...

Beautiful as always!! Oh how I miss your classes! I'm ready for another one so come back to SF soon!

Maili said...

How do I order these giant flowers if we don't want to make them ourselves? they are gorgeous!

Mailibrocke@mac.com

Jacqueline Butler said...

Hi Maili...Thank you! I'm sorry I don't sell my sugar flowers as they are too fragile to ship. At this time I only create flowers for my own cake designs, and also teach flower classes and workshops. Jacqueline

Susan said...

Your work is exquisite! I wish I lived closer to take one of your classes and refresh my skills. XOXO

Jacqueline Butler said...

Thank you so much Susan!! I travel quite a bit to teach, so hopefully our paths will cross someday! x

Blumenversand said...

That is so impressive and simply adorable. I cannot understand how someone can actually make such beautiful things...