Amy Thornley Heard

September 2012-June 2013

The plight of the bumblebee and insect pollinators is at the heart of ‘Offerings to the Insects.’  This collection of coloured porcelain Bee’s Nest sculptures is a gesture of protection to these vulnerable invertebrates.  Though they are small, insect pollinators like bees, hoverflies, beetles and butterflies are essential to biodiversity and agricultural success in the UK.

“Bumblebees are key factors in our wildlife. If they disappear many of our plants will not bear fruit.”  David Attenborough, quote from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website.

The shapes and compositions of ‘Offerings to the Insects’ are inspired by the nest structures bumblebees create in abandoned mouse holes, grass tussocks and crumbling walls to protect their brood and store pollen and nectar.  My urge to protect them is reflected in my use of porcelain, the most delicate and durable ceramic substance.

‘Offerings to the Insects’ will be shown at New Designers 2013: Part 1 from 26th – 29th June at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.