Lighting designer, Claire Norcross found inspiration in the photography of Karl Blossfeldt. He was a Professor of Sculpture who produced his photos at 30X magnification to show his students natural form. I’ve just bought a couple of his books on Ebay.
Norcross is not alone. Astrid Dahl and Pauline Lee are two ceramicists who are inspired by his work:
Pauline Lee’s Garden Ceramics
Astrid Dahl’s Sculptural Forms
Ernst Haeckel, biologist, naturalist and artist, created wonderful images of the natural world. Often hand coloured. Amazing.
Haeckel provides inspiration for ceramicists Gerhard Lutz and Lisa Ellul:
Wow, I think these are stunning. Subtle colour, beautiful forms.
I recently saw Lisa Ellul’s work at the Bluecoat in Liverpool. Really lovely.
Having looked at Blossfeldt and Haeckel, I think there are some elements I could use in my own work. Maybe there are other high magnification and microscopic images to consider.