It is nearly impossible to think about a warm day in August without the thought of sunflowers coming to mind. These vibrant, beautiful flowers have long been associated with adoration, loyalty, and longevity. Did you know that sunflowers are so named because they follow the movement of the sun across the sky from east to west? They quite literally soak up the rays of the sun!
Bask in the season of sunflowers with these handcrafted treasures, which are sure to brighten up even your rainiest day!
In his family’s third-generation workshop in Montapone, Italy, Luigi and his wife Marisa handcraft this hat from dark navy blue Italian wool and then hand-paint it with a blooming sunflower.
After graduating from art school, Amedeo founded his glass workshop in Verona, Italy. From the time his sons Valentino and Roberto were old enough to hold a paintbrush, they have worked alongside their father, becoming expert craftsmen and artisans in their own rights. Today, the three transform ordinary glass into luminous works of art, such as this wine glass adorned with a blooming sunflower and poppy.
The joyful scene on this top seems to be pulled right out of a daydream. A wild garden of sunflowers provides the perfect rest stop on an afternoon ride. This pretty piece is designed and handmade by Donna of Los Angeles.
Since 2012, a workshop in Sicily has been handcrafting jewelry using real volcanic lava rock released from Italy’s Mount Etna. The artisans use a special photographic technique to transfer the image of colorful sunflowers onto the stone before applying a traditional Italian maiolica finish and firing each piece at high temperatures.
Letizia handcrafts this sunflower accent pillow of hand-stitched fabrics which she collects from local Italian markets around her workshop in Florence, Italy. Her longstanding relationship with textile vendors gives her “VIP” access to some spectacular weaves.
Happy yellow sunflowers dance alongside black and white polka dots and stripes on this gorgeous scarf of 100% Italian silk. Each one is handcrafted by Eugenio of Lake Como, Italy, who owns and operates his family’s third-generation workshop.
Each sunflower is made of Capodimonte porcelain: the finest of Italian artistic pottery, with a history beginning in Naples in 1738. In that year, artists used clays of pure white color and the finest grain brought in from Calabria to create highly detailed objects rivaling the best of other European courts. Almost 300 years later, each piece is still individually handcrafted in the most meticulous detail.
Nearly every day you will find JoAnn sitting at the potter’s wheel in her Pocono Mountain studio, her mind and hands spinning new designs to delight us. She shapes each mug on her wheel before hand-forming each smile-inducing embellishment. Each is high-fired, dipped in specially formulated glazes, and fired again to attain the deep, rich colors. It’s hard not to fall in love with this little guy and his sunflower!
Braided natural straw is pressed and shaped on a heated mold before it is adorned with a green beveled edge ribbon band and a gathering of silk sunflowers. This stunning hat is handmade by Carole in her workshop in the winding streets of New York’s Hudson River Valley.