Mardi Gras Bead Installaion: 30,000 balloons over 50,000 sq ft

by Desiree Ontiveros

Mardi Gras Bead Installation



10 people, 10 days, 12 hour days, and two scissor lifts.  Watch the video below to see how we did it!


I am lucky enough to have a beautiful studio in the heart of Edinburgh. My studio is in a large building with over 50 artists. This has been a real advantage to my practice as I work in an enriching environment with painters, weavers, jewellers, printmakers as well as other ceramicists. This has fed my creativity and given me the confidence to incorporate other disciplines like printmaking and sculpture into my work. I dont do detailed drawings, preferring to scribble initial ideas into my sketchbook but finalising my designs in clay. Im not a morning person and love nothing better than settling down in my studio, with Radio 4 playing in the background, and working late into the evening

Moffat family enjoying Corrine's debutant party held at the Sugar Mill.

My work changed dramatically about 15 years ago. I used to make very richly decorated lustrous caskets inspired by Medieval reliquaries, but one day almost overnight I realised I had reached the end of the road with that work. I had had enough of colour and just stopped. I packed away all my glazes and lustres, ordered some samples of porcelain clay and started afresh. In hindsight it seems a rash thing to do but I have never regretted it.

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Ontiveros travels worldwide for brand activations, weddings and TV and Film creating these balloon installations. To inquire about an installation for your event, please visit

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