About the poppies
Each ceramic poppy is handmade and individually shaped by a team of local workers in Derby and Stoke in the UK, making each poppy unique.
Clay is sliced by hand and rolled into large flat sheets. A metal stamp, much like a large biscuit cutter, cuts out petal patterns from the sheets of clay which are paired together to form six overlapping petals. The petals are individually moulded to create the shape of the flower and then finished for colour with a weatherproof glaze. Each flower is different and there are variations in finishes and colour produced during the process.
Poppies and their stems will have been in the moat for up to three months and may show natural signs of weathering adding to their unique character. The stem will intentionally turn brown with rust in this process for a more natural look. This will not affect its material strength for many years.
Each poppy has been ‘planted’ by hand in the moat of the Tower of London by volunteers, forming part of the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red which is made up of 888,246 individual poppies. Every one is a piece of art.
On completion, each poppy will be removed from the moat, washed and boxed together with its stem and fitments to be replanted outside, if desired.