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Why We Love Terracotta Pottery



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Yep, we can honestly say we LOVE terra-cotta garden planters!  When Arizona Pottery first started that is all we sold.  Nothing but real clay garden pottery and some accessories.  They were and still are the basis of our business.  You may ask yourself why do we love terracotta planters so much?  Well, let us explain.

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Plant Health - Terracotta breathes.  This means the clay, which is real and harvested out of the ground is not so compact that it lets air thru it.  This also means water will saturate the pot and seep.  A plants roots like good air circulation and clay flowerpots are know for being healthy.  Once you use real clay you will find that your houseplants will perform better.

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Watering - Since a clay pot is porous it will keep water from sitting in the bottom of the pot, soaking the roots and possibly drowning them.  The water will seep into the clay and dissipate.  Unfortunately if you have chemicals in the soil or water they will show up on the sides of the pot as a white calcium line.

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Beauty - Because real terracotta pottery is porous it will start to age and show it's wear.  Many folks really like this and will even take steps to age their clay containers by applying yogurt or milk to the outside of the clay pot.  Everyone has a different idea of what beauty is but we love the aged, rustic look of terra-cotta pots and planters.

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Selection - Arizona Pottery imports real clay flower pots from Italy, China, Mexico and Vietnam.  Each factory uses their own clay mix or will harvest the clay out of the ground using their own firing process.  Some clays are smooth and silky like the Italian, while the Mexican clay is dark and very porous.  So porous and heavy that it will start to break down the first year of use.  We love the old traditional styles of Rolled Rim Garden Planters as well some of the newer more contemporary styles. There is always something to choose from.

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Many Uses - Yes real clay garden pottery will break but that doesn't mean you should toss them.  You can re-purpose them into pot shards to fill the bottom of your larger containers.  The terracotta shards will shield the drain hole and keep soil from plugging it up.  You can stack large pieces into pots and create a fairy garden or elf shelf.  Don't toss those broken pieces.... think outside the box and have fun with them.

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So those are a few of the reasons why we love our terracotta home and garden planters so much.  If you wish to share your thoughts we would love to hear them.

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Post Last Updated: 1/30/2018 9:36:14 AM 

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2/22/2018 12:52:02 PM 
Arizona Pottery 2/22/2018 12:52:02 PM 
Hi Elaine, Once you get those calcium and salt deposits on the outside of the garden planters it's next to impossible to get them off. It's best to seal the pots before you use them with Thompsons water seal from Home Depot. You need to keep the chemicals in the potting soil and the fertilizer and water from leaching into the clay.

Elaine stamate 2/10/2018 2:05:24 PM 
What treatment or type of oil do I put on the outside of my pots as they have water marks I do not like. I know there are many home remedies for it but canít find out what. Thanks


Oreo Dirt Cake In A Flowerpot



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We have all seen these cakes in a flowerpot for parties, brunches, showers, wedding or any special occasion but we wanted to add a few fun tips to help recreate these.  Watch your guest light up when they see this creations in a clay garden pot. They think they are real and don't know they can really eat it.  Once you tell them the fun begins.

You can use one large flowerpot like the recipe below you break the pudding & cookies up into individual small clay flowerpots.  Both work great.

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Serves 12

Have a clean new terra cotta clay garden pot 8" x 10"
Cover the drain hole in the bottom of the flower pot with wax paper circle so the pudding doesn't drain out.  Or place a whole oreo cookie over the hole as shown.

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In a food processor crush cookies till fine.  set aside.  In a bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar till smooth.  In another bowl, mix pudding and milk till blended. Fold into cream cheese mix.  Fold in the whipped topping.

Start by alternating layers of cookie crumbs and pudding mix. End with cookie crumbs on top so that it looks like dirt.  Chill the cake pots for several hours or overnight.

Now is the time to decorate.  Use silk flowers, rock candy and gummy worms.  You can cut a straw off and insert into the pudding first, then stick the silk flowers into the straws. They are stiffer and hold up better.  Have fun with decorating. We have seen all kinds of fun ideas.

1 -15 1/2 oz pkg Oreo cookies
1 - 8 oz pkg cream cheese
4 T butter softened
1 C confectioners sugar
2 - 3.4 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
3 1/2 C cold milk
1 - 12oz carton frozen whipped topping thawed

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Post Last Updated: 7/4/2017 12:51:55 PM 

4th of July Terracotta Flower Pot Craft Idea



Saw this wonderful idea from Lucy Mercer for S'mores fun on July 4th
so we wanted to share it with you here.  It's an easy and fun crafty idea using terra cotta clay flower pots, paint and some decorations.

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Itís easy to add patriotic style to your patio this July 4 with terra cotta pots and chalky finish paint. These starred-and-striped pots can hold bright summer geraniums, flickering votives, bundles of silverware, or showcase a símores bar.

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STEPS:

  1. Cover the pot with white paint, using the foam brush. Let dry, about an hour, or longer.
  2. Tape off the stripes using the painterís tape. Itís easiest to start just under the rim for the first stripe.
  3. Using the width of the painterís tape as a guide (.94-inch works well), tape off the next stripe, being sure to press the tape against the pot.
  4. Paint the red stripes, let dry. Peel off tape.
  5. Paint the blue stripe on the rim, let dry. Sanding the edges of the pot with a sanding sponge adds a rustic look.
  6. Use the white paint marker to draw stars on the rim, and also to clean up any splotches on the stripes.
  7. Optional, but nice: spray the completed terra cotta pot with acrylic spray to seal.
When your patriotic pots are completed, they can be used to display flowers. Geraniums and petunias are pretty and perfect for July 4 parties.
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Post Last Updated: 6/29/2017 1:54:04 PM 

Easter Flower Pot Idea



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Easy Easter Craft Project using a clay flower pot!
Start with a nice smooth Italian clay flower pot.  Make sure it is clean. If there are any finger prints or marks on it, just wash with warm water and soap and rinse good.  Dry completely.  

Take Folk Art acrylic Paint and stencils purchased at Michael's craft stores.  Lay the stencil on the pot where you want it placed.  Squirt some paint on a paper plate.  Dip the stencil brush end into the paint and make little circles on the stencil to transfer the paint.  Don't get the brush to full. If you do dab some of it off.

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It doesn't take much to paint on the design. If you keep the brush fairly dry you won't get the leaks under the stencil.  The Folk Art stencils have a sticky back to help it stick to the pot surface.  They are easy to clean up also.

Once the pot is finished, fill with floral foam.  Top with shredded paper and then stick the items you purchased around the pot into the foam until you get the desired look.

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At the end of the Easter Season, you can take it all out and have a great flowerpot to plant in.  

Source:  Petticoatjunktion

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Make Clay Pot Leprechaun Hats



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Here is another fun craft idea using clay flower pots and turning them into something decorative & playful.  Since it's St. Patrick's Day today we thought we would show you how to make a Leprechaun Hat.  We saw this easy idea at thatswhatchesaid.net 

Purchase small clay flowerpots. Of course you can get them from us or any craft store.  Paint them with an acrylic green paint.  It may take 3 coats to get them covered because you want a bold bright green.

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Wrap a black ribbon towards the bottom of the clay flowerpot. Since the pot is not a true cylinder, you will have to adjust in the back to the ribbon to sit properly in the front. Use a hot glue gun to secure the ribbon in place.

Next use an Xacto knife to cut out the buckle.  Use gold card stock and hot clue in place.  Now we know it's hard to believe but that is it. Think of all the fun things you can do with these hats.  Place one at each place at the dinner table. Stack the pots on a living room fireplace mantle and decorate with clover.  Place them around the house and put a gold candy coin under each one and use them like a treasure hunt.

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The whole idea is to have fun and be creative.  
 
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Post Last Updated: 2/28/2017 9:56:10 AM 

Valentine Clay Flowerpot DIY Project



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With Valentine's Day approaching we thought it would be fun to see a DIY project that turns a plain clay flowerpot into something special.
Make this loving pot from Inspirations By D.

Take a plain clay flower pot in any size you want.  Make sure it has a matching saucer.  Wash the pot if it has already been used and make sure it's completely dry.

Paint the pot and saucer using a acrylic white paint and a sponge brush.  Let dry completely.  Take chalkboard paint available at Home Depot and paint a patch on the side of the flowerpot.  You can use tape if you want the square to be perfect for you can free style for a more home grown look.

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Let the chalkboard paint dry on the side of the clay garden pot.  Then write a short message on the chalkboard.  Put the receiver's name, or write LOVE like the example shown.  Either way this is your time to be personal.

You can drop a nursery pot directly into this painted clay pot so that you don't have to even plant it.  That way when the holiday changes you can change the word on the pot and also take out the grow pot, toss it and replace with something new.  EASY!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Post Last Updated: 1/11/2017 2:16:43 PM 

Talking Terracotta Garden Pots!



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The definition of the word terracotta is - FIRED CLAY, brownish red in color when un-glazed, that is used for architectural ornaments, facings, pottery and as a material for sculpture.  

Arizona Pottery imports terracotta pottery from Italy, China, Mexico & Thailand.  There are few if any American manufacturers left.  Each country has it own way of harvesting clay that is used in the forming process.  And, each factory has it own way of firing the pots in a kiln.

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Our Italian pottery is well known in the pottery industry for having a nice smooth feel to the touch.  The sun baked color is even toned and stunning.  Each pot is close to identical and the manufacturing process is unsurpassed.  These pots are hard packed which makes them less porous and therefore more durable.  Because of the compacting process they will absorb less water and no breakdown as fasts as other clay's.  They are considered a low fired product.

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Terracotta pottery is meant to breathe. This is a definite advantage when ti comes to the health of the plants root system.  Since it is porous, any water you apply to the potted soil will be absorbed into the clay.  That is why you may end up with lines around the planters body.  These are caused from the water applied, any chemicals in the water and calcium build up that comes from the clay.

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Once a pot is used it will bread down naturally over time.  We sell a pottery sealer that helps to prolong the life of the clay pot.  All low fired clay flowerpots & planters will break down over time. This is a good thing!

If you want to keep your garden pottery looking as new as the day it was purchased we suggest you choose a pot made of a more durable product.  Concrete, Poly Resin, Metal, Glazed ......

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Interestingly, many manufacturers are using a powder clay mix to form their planters out of.  The Italian pottery we sell does not.  It still harvests the clay out of the ground, very real, beautiful & old school.So keep this in mind when comparing Italian garden pottery to other imports.

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Post Last Updated: 1/11/2017 2:16:52 PM 

Cleaning Tips For Your Terracotta Pottery



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Terracotta pottery is the uber material for healthy plants. They keep the soil moist, insulate plant roots and breathe because they are porous clay.  Unfortunately that means that when you water for fertilize those containers, you will have the white lines that start to show up on the outside.  It is the calcium, minerals & salts from fertilizers and water that become trapped.

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When the moisture evaporates these salts are left behind.  Many people like this look and even try to turn new clay flowerpots into aged pot by applying product to the outside of the pots to get this look.  But, for those who don't here are a few tips to help get residues off.

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The best way to start cleaning terracotta pottery is to scrub the outside and try to loosen as much dirt as possible.  Use a dish scrubber, a textured sponge or nail brush.

Once the planter looks as clean as you can get it - it is time for a bath. Submerge the pot in a solution of water and vinegar.  1 Cup of white vinegar to 4 cups of clean water.  Put it in a bucket.  Let the vinegar dissolve any build up.

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Go back to step on and after 20 mins or so take the brush to the pot again for one last try.  If there is still build up soak for a bit longer and keep testing till you think you have the pot as clean as it's going to get.

End off with a really good rinse.  Make sure that all the vinegar or any soap you have used comes off before filling with fresh potting mix and fetching plants.

 
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Post Last Updated: 1/4/2017 3:14:36 PM 

Talking Terracotta!



Let's take a few minutes and share some facts about terra-cotta. Which happens to be our number one selling garden pottery. Everyone loves clay flowerpots not only because of the way they look but because of the way they perform.  Read more.....

Does you family have a garden? Or, do you have friends or family members who like to put potted plants on their front porch, patio or around the yard?  If so, chances are you already know what terracotta, (terra-cotta, terra cotta) is.

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Terracotta is a clay like earthenware that can be either glazed or unglazed.  In addition to being used for flower pots, terracotta is also used for water and sewer pipes, bricks, roof tiles or sculptures.

The word terracotta comes from the Italian words for "baked earth". Since terracotta pottery is made by baking terracotta clay, that only make sense!  Terracotta is often used as a word to describe a color. Many times "terracotta" is used to describe a natural brownish orange color.

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Terracotta can be easily sculpted into all sorts of shapes. To harden terracotta, it must be heated to between 1,000 to 2000 F.  Once it hardens it is still a bit porous, which means it can be penetrated by water.  This makes the plants root systems can breathe while being planted in a terracotta clay flowerpot.  However, a simple coat of glaze can make a terracotta garden planter water tight.

Terracotta has been around for a long time.  It was the only clay product used until around the 14th century.  Archeologists have found terracotta that is approx 5,000 years old.

We have a wonderful selection of terracotta garden containers.  Most from Italy but others from Mexico, China or Vietnam.  These are the back bone of our pottery line because of their beauty and workmanship.

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Post Last Updated: 12/8/2016 3:27:00 PM 

Create This Vibrant Garden Planter



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Sometimes trying to think of a great plant combination to put together in a garden planter is a bit more difficult then imagined.  You drive over to the local garden center or nursery and just stand there, staring at all the choices.  Over whelming, right?

Well, here are the exact details on how to duplicate this vibrant and dramatic window box.  We name names!

1.  Make sure the window box planter you select is a minimum of 24Ē long.  Fill the bottom of the window box with broken pot pieces, styrene, crushed pop cans or whatever you want to help with the drainage.  Then fill the window box with compost, missing in 3 teaspoons of slow release plant food granules.  Now plant the heliotrope centrally at the back of the window box, gently teasing apart the roots if necessary.  This is your anchor piece. All other plant materials will arrange around this one center piece.

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2.  Plant the dahlias in the back corners of the planter with the black grass in the front of the heliotrope.  Now we have some depth happening here that will make the planter look alive and not flat.

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3.  Plant the purple verbenas at the back between the heliotrope and the dahlias.  Finish with the red verbenas at the front corners.  This is a large container so it is best to position it before watering.  These plants like full sun so make sure itís in a good spot.  Now water it thoroughly. Do this before placement so that the water doesnít add to the weight of the clay planter when moving it.

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The intense purple of the heliotrope usually dominates other plants, but here it is teamed with a selection of equally dramatic colors.  Mixing the purple, dark red and black grass will create a dramatic and intense look that will carry you through the season.

Tip:  Dahlias can be overwintered by digging up the tubers after the first frost, cutting the stems back to 6Ē and drying them off before storing in slightly damp peat in a frost proof shed. Start into growth again in spring and plant out after all danger of frost is past.


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