Articles tagged as pots
Adventures in Glaze Firing|
By Janet on April 5, 2010
Unloading a glaze kiln is always an adventure! One of the things I hear most from students is, "Why didn't my pot turn out the color I expected?". Here are some variables to consider:
What is “Vitrification”, and Why Should I Care?|
By Janet on June 14, 2010
We container gardeners are always on the prowl for the perfect ceramic pot. We want it to last a long time, and provide a healthy environment for each plant. Of course, one of the most critical elements for container plants is soil moisture retention. You already know that plain terra-cotta pots have to be watered frequently, but that pots with a shiny glazed surface can go longer between waterings. Ever wonder why? It's all determined by the pot's clay chemistry. High-fired stoneware and porcelain clays contain large amounts of silica. When these clay bodies become vitrified (or “mature”), they are no longer porous.
Preparing Clay Pots for Winter Weather|
By Janet on September 18, 2010
One of the advantages of living here in California is year-round gardening. But in my area we still have occasional temperatures down to 18 degrees Farenheit, and several months of below-freezing temperatures at night. Many of my large planters contain perennials that need to stay in place year-round, and I've had to figure out ways to help both plants and pots survive winter conditions. Some of the things I've learned may help you, too!