Almost Ancient Pots

August 21, 2016

Just a note. Pete & I are still working on the products and the photos areas of the site, and since it is homemade (just like the planters), sometimes it takes us a while!!

Years ago, I stumbled upon something new while looking for a class for c.e.u.'s for my horticulture certificate. The time fit my schedule, and off I went to Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida to take a class in something called Hypertufa.

By the end of the day, I was hooked. I held my first workshop the following year, and soon started making pots for retail. In 2009, the circle was complete as I returned to Leu to teach.

I'm still hooked on Hypertufa. My horticulture certificate has expired, since my time is spent making pots. The containers are rustic and natural, and they provide a perfect growing environment when used for planting.  They are also lovely next to the fireplace or with a dried arrangement.

They have a distinctive old world look but with contemporary designs, natural, organic and absolutely 100 per cent hand made - wonderful in the garden or home.

If you want to feel good about your gardening efforts, visit mine - always in transition and certainly never perfect.  I continue to enjoy my Keyhole Garden. The rubble wall is full up to the top, providing condo living for lizards and frogs, who then help rid the garden of bugs.

I just found out about another type of raised garden, a German hugelkultur and may have to build one.  I really appreciate gardening up a little higher and not on hands and knees!

With Pete's help, we are creating incredible tiles from resin, rock & copper.  I always listen to your ideas and make notes at shows.  It's great fun, and you never know what will come next.  

I am pleased to have been accepted as a South Carolina State Parks Artist in Residence for 2016. In exchange for a free weeklong stay in a cabin at Poinsett State Park, I will create a piece to display at the park. I have just returned from this lovely park relaxed and ready to tackle the heat and making pots for Fall.  I will post pics of the project I create. 

To update, I want to make something totally different for them.  My first idea completely flopped, so now a change in direction to another idea.

See you soon,

Melanie

My Garden

Click Here for Slideshow which desperately needs updating!

 
Awards

1st Place
Art in the Park
McIntosh Art Association, Georgia 2015

1st Place National Cornbread Festival
S. Pittsburg, Tennessee 2015

Latest News


I have just returned from a great weekend in Blowing Rock.  Thanks to all of you, my customers old and new, for making it a success.

In fact, I had so much fun that I will return to Blowing Rock on September 10th - hope to see you there.


A MAJOR SCHEDULE CHANGE:  I will not attend Lazy Daze in Cary or Aiken's Makin' in SC.


Atalaya, September 23 - 25, is one of my favorite places. I am currently reading the book about Anna & Archer's marriage.  Since I can't meet this incredible couple, I will enjoy Atalaya and Brookgreen as reflections of their unique personalities.  If you haven't visited, it's worth a drive from anywhere.

A return to another favorite, The Hermitage, home of Andrew & Rachel Jackson, and site of a lovely Fall show October 1 & 2. 

Then, back to Blue Ridge on October 8 & 9.

A few plans are still in process, so check back, but these beautiful shows are definites.

Details and links to all of our events, click here.


Special Orders


I love to make special pieces just for you, but remember, it's not an instant process. It takes me at least 30 days to make a planter.

I will meet you at a show for delivery, or, if I am going to be in your area, I will gladly deliver.  I do not ship. 

 
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What is a Keyhole Garden?
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Making L.C.'s
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