This began with the idea that all stories were told not written down, so if children (or adults) sat listening to a story of the deep dark woods, they just knew which woods were described.
Read a folk story - descriptions are brief, it’s all about shared understanding. So, my pots are green, describing a quiet glade, mossy, overgrown and holding its secrets.
I added things I read about in the stories; the woodcutters’ axe marks making roughly carved spoons and handles, disturbed tracks and fallen branches.
Decorations were inspired by the broken and sawn branches I saw in Portmeirion Woods, the sharp edges overgrown with moss and of course, leaves and berries I gathered on various rambles.