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Garden Pottery

Decorating your garden space with broken or unusable pottery.

Planted Pottery

Are you in need of a very simple and inexpensive way to add a decorative touch to your yard or garden?
Well, I have the answer for you, (Garden Pottery). In fact, you'll be recycling something that might have otherwise ended up in the garbage.

Plant that broken ceramic or terra cotta pot in your garden!
Although you can use this technique with a new pot, it's even better if you salvage a broken pot and give it new life.

Brokien Bottom on Blue Pottery


If you have a ceramic pot that is cracked on the lower half, you have a good candidate for this project.
I prefer pots that have an undamaged top rim but, depending on your goal or vision, the choice is yours.

Plants in terra cotta pots are notorious for drying out faster than in plastic or glazed ceramic pots.
Since you want the plants inside the planted pot to receive an equal amount of water as the plants around them, it is necessary to open up the bottom half of the pot.
The method for doing this is to lightly tap a hammer around the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot, breaking and removing the bottom.
Be very careful because you can easily remove more than you had planned.
The garden pot in this picture was nearly a victim of a heavy hand.
However, the missing side of the pot was easily hidden by keeping that side facing the ground.

Once you have the bottom removed, it's time to plant that pot.
Dig a fairly large hole because you want plenty of room to position the pot just how you like it.
Make sure you leave enough of the pot showing above ground to account for any ground cover you may use around or near it. Fill in the area outside the pot with dirt first to ensure the positioning doesn't shift, then fill the inside.
Keep in mind that you may have the pot tilting (as in the picture), so you could end up with less planting space than you had planned.
Use plants that will remain fairly small or they will quickly overcrowd the pot.
The larger pot in the picture is approximately 15" in diameter, but an interesting display could also be produced with a grouping of pots of various sizes.

Blue Crazing on Bowl Used in Garden

You can tell by the picture above that this bowl had severe crazing on the inside. You could try to reglaze the piece or use it in the garden as I have here.
Planting a few hen and chickens sedum plants.

Have fun with this inexpensive and fast method for adding an interesting accent for your yard or garden.

Birdhouse on Pottery Stand in the Garden

Don't forget to send me a picture of your successful use of this idea.

Pottery Birdhouse on Pottery Stand in the Garden

We cannot alter the past, but we can be alert for the future.



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Have you ever come up with a good idea while working with your handmade pottery and thought that you would like to share it with others? You have? Well, why not send it to us and we will add it to the tips page for all to see.

Handmade pottery can be a very gratifying hobby that produces fun and satisfying results. For many people it's an enjoyable release that is created by working an inanimate mound of clay into a beautiful work of art that you made through your artistic abilities.

The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.

With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well supplied dealers and yet working with reliable ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders within a timely manner.

When you get all set up, just enjoy the hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty serious and start selling their creations at craft fairs and small stores, but others just like to create items for themselves, relatives, and friends. Whichever kind of handmade pottery you desire to endeavor, enjoy the hobby and have fun doing it.

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