The largest variety of items in the store is the wife array of floral containers, partly because they are also used for floral arrangements. Most are too heavy to ship, so viewing is restricted to within the shop.
While this specimen is somewhat unusual (black image on black ceramic, lo-fired) it represents the usual flower-friendly open or wider top, the sense of movement in its basic shape, the solidly-seated bottom to avoid tipping, and the waterproof ceramic construction.
Almost three feet tall, this cast iron chalice shape is extremely heavy. It requires a separate container with the chalice and often is the basis for a flowing design of ivies or other falling leaves beneath a vertical floral design.
Specializing in various floral containers enables the store to offer matching sets, such as these low cylindrical and higher rectangular ceramic pots – encouraging unusual presentations of floral designs in matching locations.
A relatively narrow 10”-tall ceramic container displays a flat surface that often can highlilght the floral design within it.
A basket full of flowers is a popular concept. A separate plastic insert is required, and usually the insert is filled with the “oasis” material that retains water, into which stems are artistically inserted. Too often, the water level within the basket insert is overlooked, drying out the flowers and retarding their longevity.
Cast iron containers, painted to preserve the surface, are then “distressed” slightly to break up the solid coloring.
Harlequin ceramic vases
Maching cermic vases enable similar floral designs to develop visual repetition.
This cast-iron heavy vase is ideal for outdoor use, to hold blooming plants in a visually crucial spot.
For locations where just a touch of color is needed, the smaller glazed ceramics are designed to hold just one or two stems (maybe with a stem of greens, too!) – and perhaps five or six would march down the center of a table.