Artisan Vessels for the Indoor Gardener
In the spirit of the handmade home, we’ve uncovered ten exemplary examples of artisan-made planters, vases, and vessels—true heirloom pieces to carry through the seasons.
Turned cork planters by Melanie Abrantes
First spotted by Garden Design at a California artisan market, Melanie Abrantes’s hand-turned cork planters are sure to make a statement as the foundation of a tabletop garden. Ideal for succulents and cacti, each planter is finished with a natural beeswax coating, and is truly one-of-a-kind.
Price and availability upon request.
Colorblock vase by Ingleside Pottery
Sized just right for a handful of buds from the spring garden, Ingleside Pottery’s color-block vase is handmade in Cincinnati, Ohio. Featuring a striking matte-gray glaze and made of fine, high-fire porcelain, this modern piece is watertight and heirloom-quality.
Tripot Vessels from Pigeon Toe Ceramics
With a natural charm and a fun-loving wit, Pigeon Toe Ceramic’s tripod vessels lend a modern nod to a vintage-inspired shape. Available in two sizes and with 16 interior glaze color options, the planting possibilities are nearly endless.
$46 (small); $60 (large)
Pigeon Toe Ceramics
Terracotta Pots by Paula Greif
Hand-built in limited quantities in a Brooklyn Studio, ceramicist Paula Greif’s terracotta pots have a simple, graphic appeal that reference the artist’s former career as graphic designer and art director.
Select Paula Greif pieces available at Beautiful Dreamers, New York.
Paula Grief Ceramics
Tom Tom Pots by Frances Palmer Pottery
An artist whose dahlia garden is noteworthy in and of itself, Frances Palmer’s pottery is made in a spirit of beauty of functionality, designed to be used and enjoyed daily. Her garden pots, handmade in her Connecticut studio, offer a simple, beautiful shape in which to display the most cherished plants.
Frances Palmer Pottery
Moonlight Vase by Yoko Ozawa
A Japanese potter living in Australia, Yoko Ozawa is heavily inspired by nature, the raw beauty of clay, and Japanese slow design. Her Reflection Series Moonlight Vase is intended to be filled with water and displayed near a window, reflecting the nuances of sunlight and moonlight as it changes throughout the day.
From $220 AUD
Cecile Daladier Vases
Working near her garden in Southern France, ceramicist Cecile Daladier’s work celebrates her personal love of gardening and botany. Known for her unique, functional, and organic shapes, to arrange cuttings in one of her vases is truly a joyful, creative experience.
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Nantucket Pot by Petersen Pottery
Launched in 2012 by artist Sara Petersen, Petersen Pottery’s durable stoneware pots are featured at directional stores such as Potted in Los Angeles, General Store in San Francisco, and Spartan in Austin. Referencing 1970s stoneware, with a clean colorblock update, the low shape becomes a timeless palette for modern plantings.
Stoneware vase by Vitrified Studio
Designed and hand thrown in her Portland backyard studio, Shelley Martin’s wares are simple, considered, and elegant in their utilitarianism. Made-to-order of stoneware, each of Vitrified Studio’s vases are one-of-a-kind, suitable for holding foraged winter branches, or spring’s first buds.
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Four Sided Baroque Planter by vanIvey Ceramics
An under-the-radar find based in San Francisco, Kristen van Diggelen’s boutique line of ceramics has recently expanded to include planters and vessels. Directly inspired by Kristen’s own family heirlooms and designed for everyday use, vanIvey’s tabletop vessels add a touch of romanticism and heritage to simple indoor plantings.