HIGH-FIRED POTTERY

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How durable is your pottery?

Our Vietnamese pottery is fired at 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Because of this it can withstand being outside all year without chipping, cracking or fading. Our pottery will not be effected by sun, humidity, or freezes; and has even been know to preservere through hail storms. We like to say it's Texas tough. Most people will get about 30+ years out of their pottery. However, excessive wind conditions have been known to blow over pottery that is improperly weighted or planted to be top heavy. Putting pottery in an area that is un-level or where it could get bumped or knocked over could significantly shorten the life of your pottery.

 

Why do you not have more red, yellow & orange?

Glaze pigments can be quite expensive, colors like red, yellow, orange, purple will double the cost. This significantly impacts the retail price and takes away from our buying budget. For these reasons we tend to stick to colors that have a lower markup or no markup at all. 

Some factories will decrease the markup but also the amount of pigment making the glaze more transparent. It will appear dull or off color due to the clay's color coming through the glaze. We try to avoid pottery that isn't top quality despite there being cheaper options out there.

I have a tall pot, do I have to fill it with dirt?

The short answer is no, but you can fill it with dirt if you want to. Many people use fillers like crushed water bottles, non-biodegradable packing peanuts or spray foam as filler. But keep in mind, using lightweight fillers can make your pot top heavy and susceptible to high winds. For pots over 30" we recommend using a gravel filler, brick pieces or stones at the very bottom, using a fill dirt in the middle, and soil for the planting area. Keep in mind this will make your pot VERY heavy. Make sure your pot is on a stable, level surface; and all irrigation is fitted BEFORE filling. Note: If you are using a spray foam filler make sure that you use a pvc pipe or similar object to retain the hole in the bottom of the pot. Lacking proper drainage can lead to root rot & standing water. 

I have a tall pot, do I have to fill it with dirt?

The short answer is no, but you can fill it with dirt if you want to. Many people use fillers like crushed water bottles, non-biodegradable packing peanuts or spray foam as filler. But keep in mind, using lightweight fillers can make your pot top heavy and susceptible to high winds. For pots over 30" we recommend using a gravel filler, brick pieces or stones at the very bottom, using a fill dirt in the middle, and soil for the planting area. Keep in mind this will make your pot VERY heavy. Make sure your pot is on a stable, level surface; and all irrigation is fitted BEFORE filling. 

Note: If you are using a spray foam filler make sure that you use a pvc pipe or similar object to retain the hole in the bottom of the pot. Lacking proper drainage can lead to root rot & standing water. 

I have a tall pot, do I have to fill it with dirt?

The short answer is no, but you can fill it with dirt if you want to. Many people use fillers like crushed water bottles, non-biodegradable packing peanuts or spray foam as filler. But keep in mind, using lightweight fillers can make your pot top heavy and susceptible to high winds. For pots over 30" we recommend using a gravel filler, brick pieces or stones at the very bottom, using a fill dirt in the middle, and soil for the planting area. Keep in mind this will make your pot VERY heavy. Make sure your pot is on a stable, level surface; and all irrigation is fitted BEFORE filling. 

Note: If you are using a spray foam filler make sure that you use a pvc pipe or similar object to retain the hole in the bottom of the pot. Lacking proper drainage can lead to root rot & standing water. 

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