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Succulent Pots

April 11, 2015

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This post is about how I made the ruffled succulent pots. They were easy and a lot of fun to make. I love being able to choose the color of the pot to compliment the color of the plants. You can read my previous post for succulent type and care information.

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The first step of throwing on the wheel is to center the piece and open. I leave a quarter of an inch on the base so it will stand up to being moved around. For succulent pots it is important to have a whole for drainage. They do not like to stay wet, because they will rot. I make the whole before the piece is tall because it is easier to reach the bottom.

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I leave the walls pretty thick so I can cut into the sides with my cheese cutter. I replaced the wire of a cheese cutter with the spring of a pen so that I can create the ruffled shape. I place the cheese cutter at the rim of the pot and aim about half way through the rim. Then pull straight down. I have cut through the side of my pots many times, but with practice have gotten the hang of it.

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The ruffled edges of the rim would be sharp after it is fired so I smoothed them down with my finger. Now the pot is ready to be dried out and fired. I only glazed the outside of my pots. The unglazed inner walls will absorb some of the water and help it dry more quickly. I made plates for my pots since I keep them inside on my windowsill. I hope you enjoyed and can now go make your own ruffled pots! Check out my window garden below!

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2 Comments
  1. janyret permalink

    Oh my stars. These are cute. I have a similar display on my windowsill… All grown by my daughter from cuttings. She’s a young artist and is just beginning to explore pottery. Any advice for her?

    • Thanks! Succulents can be addicting! I would encourage her to take a pottery class. Pottery is really learned best with face to face instruction and in a community. Depending how old she is a class at school, a local community college, or art guild would be a great place to start. I am not sure where you guys live but if you are in Texas places like Clayways in Austin or The Craft Guild in Dallas are create examples of local studios. Community colleges also have very affordable classes. Hope this helps!

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