Vladimir Kanevsky used to be an architect in USSR. But when he was in his late thirties, he moved to New York where his skills were no longer demanded. With no connections and no experience, he had to enter upon a job that could bring him money. So Vladimir started making porcelain flowers. He crafts beautiful illusions with intricate flower sculptures. His colorful bouquets feature roses, hyacinths, and peonies that look incredibly realistic but are actually made from porcelain clay. To produce these pieces, Kanevsky first builds them out of copper and then uses casting techniques to form petals and greenery that mimic natural textures and folds. Afterwards, the porcelain is painted by hand and later arranged into vases where it’ll forever brighten up a room. Vladimir’s flowers got to Europe, and some of them ended in some royal collections. When he was almost fifty, he made several customized works for Dior. His meticulous designs also have been admired by the likes of Oscar de la Renta and Albert Pinto. And gradually Vladimir found a balance between his job, making flowers for money, and his passion, sculpting. Now, he says, he considers his porcelain work as a form of art. His works cost $3,000 for a hollyhock to $20,000 for a large cluster of lilacs.