Antique pots, Impruneta, Italy; sold through Siebert & Rice


Anyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE terracotta pots.

Especially antique terracotta pots.








But I especially like this jar (on the right) being sold by Siebert & Rice (a terracotta pot importer located in New Jersey who have been bringing high quality and frost-proof terracotta pots from Impruneta, Italy since 1994), which was originally used to hold olive oil …


Here is a video showing the process by which these hand-made pots are created. 

But this company also sells new terracotta pots, many of which have been designed by well-known garden designers in the United States.

Ryan Gainey in his Decatur, Georgia, garden: photo by Chris Heller


How can you not love this pot (above)?!  It was one designed as part of the American series of pots for Siebert & Rice by the flamboyant garden designer Ryan Gainey (right).

It pays homage to the traditional British basketweave pots, but instead uses a ‘faux-bois’ (fake, or imitation wood) motif instead.  I *really* want this pot!



And this one on the left is a quirky, intricate vase-shaped pot (known as a ‘long Tom’)designed by Abbie Zabar.  You may remember that she wrote and illustrated the little book called The Potted Herb.

“I consider my own gardens — where a clay pot is never less important than what’s planted in it — when Mara and Lenore ask me to design a pot for the Seibert & Rice ‘American Collection.’ I draw a basic Long Tom. It grows into a Longer Tom with a thin rolled edge at the top. And another roll at the base, for balance. I doodle wispy vines. They will be incised above and below the rims. I doodle some friendly critters, homage to my coworkers in the gardens that we share. They are hand-throwing the pots that I designed, these artisans of Impruneta who don’t speak any English. My Italian couldn’t be worse. Yet, positioning Abbie’s critters with the flying ones on top and the crawlers on the bottom, that was their interpretation. We’re talking the same language, the language of the garden.”  — Abbie Zabar

And Ken Druse (gardener, author and photographer extraordinaire) created this concept of a pepper pot (right) that can be used as either a quirky garden sculpture or with its top removed, an organic planter.

He also hosts a regular pod-cast that can be listened to here.






Or if a more classic design is your cup of tea, this acanthus decorated pot with a flared lip (left) is the perfect addition to any garden.


  The problem is that, as far as I know, there is no one in Canada retailing these beautiful pots.  But, the good news is that Whichford Pottery, a well-known British terracotta maker, is available at some locations here in Canada (namely Southlands Nursery). 

    Here is the range of shallow basket pots that they sell.  Years ago when I was visiting a friend in Oxford we made our way to the Whichford Pottery and I went a bit overboard purchasing some of these pots.  It didn’t matter how I packed them in my carry-on, they still weighed the same.  But I was lucky enough to get them home anyway!



In Mount Forest, Ontario, Paul Kaye and Elsa Mann are two potters making heirloom terracotta and salt-glazed pots under the name Night and Day Studio.

This is their most popular pot with a pressed leaf motif; it is shown with three pot feet, allowing the planter to drain properly when it’s watered ensuring the plants do not suffer rot.

You can order these pots (as well as other decorative gems) from their website. 


Years ago I bought an assortment of antique terracotta pots from Five O Seven Antiques in Toronto. 

Today I saw this (left) in their inventory.  Isn’t it lovely?  Not terracotta but certainly looks like carved stone.  It’s probably cast stone though but very exquisitely rendered. 

I expect it’s VERY heavy!

And that it would look very nice in my garden …


2 thoughts on “Terracott-ah!”

    1. Thanks Lisa! You are lucky to live so close to Southlands — I am envious :c) Well, this ‘spring’ the tulips might have to wait for June to bloom lol! There has been so much snow and frigid temps that it might take a while for the soil to warm up. Yes, we certainly have a shorter growing season than you, but we do seem to have warmed up since I first started gardening: where Ottawa was once considered Zone 4, it is now a solid 5 I think. We couldn’t grow things like Japanese maples, Japanese forest grass and other lovelies but now I plant them all the time :c) We’ll see how this winter’s cold temps have treated them. Do stop by again. I’ll feature some local (and not so local) gardens again this summer.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s