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Pottery, Clay and Ceramics: Planters, Risers and Rattles, Oh My!

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Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2011
5:20 AM

Post #8614857

I've been busy again!

Got laid off from my part-time job last month, which meant I had tons of time to spend in the studio. So I made a bunch of new garden accoutrements.

Here's a couple planters with lugs for hanging, and built-in water trays.

The green one on the left is sold...

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Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2011
5:23 AM

Post #8614866

Planter with an Artillery Fern in it...

This one also sold...

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Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2011
5:24 AM

Post #8614867

Planter with a Caladium in it...

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Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2011
5:24 AM

Post #8614869

Planter with a plant I love but don't know the name of...

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Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2011
5:26 AM

Post #8614871

Planter risers! I can make them whatever colors I want... this glaze combo is called Raspberry Chocolate.

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Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2011
5:27 AM

Post #8614873

I call this combo Chocolate Ice...

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Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2011
5:28 AM

Post #8614877

Here's what they look like under a pot...

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Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2011
5:29 AM

Post #8614881

These are rattle rocks...

The one on the second row from the top, second one from the left is sold...

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Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2011
5:30 AM

Post #8614884

I had a table at the First Friday Artwalk this past weekend to sell some of this stuff. I sold a few things! Here's the Garden Stuff table...

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Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2011
5:31 AM

Post #8614888

Here's my Ikebana display...

The "White Ruby" star shaped one with the flowers in it on the top left is sold...

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Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2011
5:31 AM

Post #8614890

I also made business card holders... :)

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Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2011
5:38 AM

Post #8614901

If anyone is interested, here's a price list:

Planters: $40
Ikebanas: $35
Mini-Ikebanas: $15
Risers: $12 set
Rattles: $15
Business Card Holders: $7

Feel free to D-mail me...

imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

June 7, 2011
9:02 AM

Post #8615372

LOVE LOVE LOVE them all! Your handles and rims are wonderful. Congrats on making sales!
mommacat11
Stafford, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 7, 2011
4:02 PM

Post #8616160

ok I give.. what is a rattle rock?

deb
Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 7, 2011
6:24 PM

Post #8616458

Thanks Ima! Strap handles made from slabs are my favorite! Also, the rope rims are really easy to make with an extruder... but you have to make your own die from plywood. Pre-fabbed ones are crazy expensive, but it's probably the easiest one to make. Also, if the extruder is a square tubed one, 4 different size ropes may fit on one die. I attached a pic of the kind of shape you need to cut out of your piece of plywood. You can use different sized drill bits to make the circular parts, and then use a scroll saw, dremel tool, or file to clean out the rest. Northstar sells a round rope die set for $75, and theirs aren't even the "clover" shape. Theirs are just three beveled holes next to one another! I haven't tried making that style, but I've found it's really hard to squeeze even really soft clay through really small holes - so the solid rope die is easier to use.

Deb, rattle rocks are hollow ceramic "rocks" with little balls of clay fired inside of them, so they rattle! They don't serve any particular "purpose" except a fun thing to put next to a favorite plant, or on top of a stack of papers. I do try to vary the size and number of balls in each one, so it's fun to play with and hear what they sound like with each other. If I made enough of them, I bet I could put together my own bell choir! :) But I'm not THAT fanatic!

Rose

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imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

June 7, 2011
7:03 PM

Post #8616528

I have a (modified) die for my extruder that makes those shapes. Got it from eBay. Clearly you are much more clever and creative than I am!!!

I have been extruding my pot feet for years. Is that how you're doing yours too? SO CUTE!!
Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 8, 2011
5:01 AM

Post #8617222

OMG, I just googled "custom extruder dies" and found this awesome article on Ceramic Arts Daily!
Trim pieces, here I come!

http://ceramicartsdaily.org/ceramic-studio-equipment/clay-extruders/custom-dies-for-the-clay-extruder-another-pottery-use-for-old-credit-cards/
imapigeon
Gilroy (Sunset Z14), CA
(Zone 9a)

June 8, 2011
2:04 PM

Post #8618390

I find the credit cards a little flimsy, but they're good for tests. I usually ask my DH to cut mine from thin hardboard, but that only lasts for a few tests as well. Eventually I just get aluminim blanks and have him recut the final shape. It DEFINITELY helps to have power tools around, and someone who really knows how to use them...LOL!
bbrookrd
Nantucket, MA
(Zone 7a)

June 8, 2011
5:46 PM

Post #8618856

Great bunch of work. Your plant is a Wishbone flower, Torenia fournieri. Pati
Plants4myPots
Palm Bay, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 9, 2011
5:41 AM

Post #8619581

Ima, you've got a great DH there! Wish my SO was artistically inclined enough to do more than occasionally help me brush on base coats of glaze, but he's got plenty of other good stuff going for him. Instead, I found a fellow locally that does custom plastic fabrication - and gave him a hollow die design to cut out for me... I get to go pick it up today and see how it works! I'll be sending him all sorts of designs if it works well, 'cuz I can design extruder dies for hours! I agree about the flimsy-ness of the credit card die... but it's a quick way to test if you'll like the way the trim piece comes out before you commit to wood or metal.

BBrook, Thank you so much for ID-ing that plant for me! Funny it's called a Wishbone flower - 'cuz I wish to see it in the store every year!

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