Claudia’s cup runneth over

Claudia Aalderink enjoys a nice cuppa.  For the last three months the Horsham Downs’ artist/photographer has been working away at a secret project – unveiled now at the Hamilton Arts Festival.

She has constructed a huge cup and saucer, using corokia hedge clippings (sourced from Gordonton, by the way!) and inspired by Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter Tea Party.

In 2012 Claudia started exploring environmental artwork and sculptures using recycled material through her BMA study at Wintec.  This resulted in Cornucopia, a well-received installation at the city campus,

“Afterwards I was left with all this material and my tutor encouraged me to send a proposal to the Hamilton Gardens for a possible work, hoping it could be placed as a feature.”

She says the large scale of the work made her feel like a child again and feedback has been great.  “That’s what I love about creating art and even on a larger scale; the amazement on people’s faces is priceless.”

Here are pics of the creating process – and do go see Claudia’s cup.  It can be found at the Lakeside Court, Hamilton Gardens, throughout the festival (15 Feb to 28.)  It’s always cuppa time!


cup 2



cup 4


cup 5




cup 8






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8 thoughts on “Claudia’s cup runneth over

    • February 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you very much!
      So does the rest of Hamilton apparently and we had to put a ribbon around it in order to keep it nice and in one piece till the end of the festival.That way everyone can enjoy it!

      X Claudia

  • February 19, 2013 at 9:56 am

    saw this last night it looks awesome

  • February 19, 2013 at 10:22 am

    It’s lovely!! I’m sure it will be much enjoyed at the Gardens.

  • February 19, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    This is fabulous – it looks so effortless just sitting there – am sure in deep contrast to all the hours of planning and design and prototypes that have gone on before hand. Well done.

  • February 13, 2014 at 1:56 am

    ik weet eigenlijk niet hoe ik nu op deze site kwam. Maar wat leuk om je project te zien.
    Bijzonder he?

    liefs van de Hovenierstraat

    • March 10, 2014 at 1:47 pm


      hee Mieke! Deze had je toch al gezien?

      X Claudia


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