'According to the Wedgwood Museum * 'Rococo-inspired wares formed a very small part of early Wedgwood production, but the most distinctive of these were those naturalistically-moulded earthenware fruit and vegetable forms made around 1760. Other potters in Staffordshire also made similar wares at this time. The lower portions of the cauliflower wares received a decoration of a brilliant green glaze, considered by many to have been developed by Wedgwood himself around the time of his partnership with Thomas Whieldon, master potter at Fenton.'
I have been attracted to these early Wedgwood pots, and chose to use them as the staring point for a vase that connects art and mathematics. The florets of the cauliflower are arranged in a spiral formation, which can be seen here in this beautiful Romanesco cauliflower. Like sunflowers and pinecones, the pattern created by the florets conforms to the Fibonacci sequence and the Golden Spiral, a simple mathematical system that controls how most things grow in nature.
The other interesting mathematical connection is the fractal structure of the cauliflower florets, a fractal being 'a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales.' **
The Romanesco Vases also incorporate leaves created using photogrammetry, a system where a number of photographs, taken from different angles are stitched together to create a 3D photograph, which can be imported into the CAD software. Once trimmed and edited, they can be connected to the other parts of the design.'
- Michael Eden, 2017