Crocks like these have been used for centuries to store food, preserve drygoods and pickle vegetables. With the addition of a drainage hole in the base, the classic vessel can now be used to nurture potted plants, herbs, flowers and vegetables. Americans began adopting salt-glazed stoneware in the early 1700s. By 1820, this sturdy, chip-resistant pottery was being produced in most major American urban centers, and stoneware became a ubiquitous part of the 19th century household. Traditionally, potters would decorate their wares with bold stripes or the trademark of their company, using a rich blue cobalt oxide.
These heavy duty planting crocks make happy homes for all types of growing things. They are a handsome way to pot a houseplant, a fine shelter for herbs and a sturdy starter space for budding vegetables. Each crock is finished with lead free glazes making them safe to grow edible plants in.
The process in creating these crocks begins with the clay. Using a special recipe formulated to achieve just the right consistency, the clay is mixed with water, then put through a mill and is formed into snake-like "slugs"?. These slugs? of clay are then cut according to the size of the planter that is being made. Each crock is made on a forming press in a metal mold. Once off of the press, it is hand finished and dried. When dry, each piece is hand sprayed with a glaze that is mixed on site from a recipe unique to this company. After the piece is glazed, it's ready to be fired at approximately 2200 degrees Fahrenheit, a process that takes about twelve hours. Once the kiln has been opened and the pieces have cooled, they're stamped with the company name.
Classic glazed stoneware crock turned heavyweight planter with the addition of a drain in the base. Available in one gallon and two gallon sizes. Made in Zanesville, Ohio. A Kaufmann Mercantile exclusive design. (more info)
1 gallon: 8.5 inches tall x 8 inches diameter
(21.6 cm x 20.3 cm)
2 gallon: 9 inches tall x 10 inches diameter
(22.8 cm x 25.4 cm)
1 gallon: 10 pounds (4.5 kg)
2 gallon: 14 pounds (6.3 kg)
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