New life for your cracked pottery

I heard the bowl break before I realized what happened. I was lifting a tile to put it up on a shelf; it slipped out of my fingers and crashed in the sink, smashing a bowl (no damage to the tile). Deb made that bowl and it was the one I liked the best. Darn. When it happened, I thought @#&%?!! I considered gluing it back together but thought ‘What can I do with a glued bowl?” A mug can be a pencil jar, but a bowl? Serendipity intervened today in the form of a lovely idea, however. I can still enjoy Deb’s bowl in a new incarnation. My neighbor told me about Maria’s yard a few years ago and I was reminded today. Maria, who has a ceramic studio in her garage, has lovely flower gardens into which she has placed broken and chipped pottery. They aren’t placed haphazardly…she’s put thought into the placement. So, Deb’s bowl will be reborn as yard art. Since I saw Maria’s pottery yard art, I’ve seen other examples. Sometimes I’ll find a yard that has a pretty tea cup placed in the ground at an angle. In some yards it stands alone, in others, someone’s placed a little plant inside and let it spread beyond the cup as ground cover. A charming idea, if done right. I can think of pieces I wish I’d kept so I could’ve used them this way… So, broken pottery can be decorative, can be used as plant pots, or, as shown in the photo below, they can be used for borders. Such a lovely idea…reminiscent of an English country garden.

Chipped plate border. Source: MJIphotos on Flickr


About Jan

I have a background in ceramics, graphic design and journalism.
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2 Responses to New life for your cracked pottery

  1. John Ross says:

    I think that’s a great idea. So many times, we do get attached the ceramics and porcelains that brighten our lives often daily. I also read about a woman in Californis who had an amazing ceramics collection (apparently world class). She lost almost every piece in an earthquake. She ended up artfully creating free form tiles from the remnants and paved her rather large entry hall (the kind with rounded walls and wall hugging staircase going up to a gallery from which other rooms opened on the 2nd floor).
    I still would really like to explore ceramic, porcelain, and glass repair. I’ve found some info on line, but no good beginner level books. Have to keep looking.

    • Jan says:

      Wow, this woman’s story is a real inspiration! Thank you for letting me and all the other readers here know about it, John. Glass half full thinking, but oh, what an experience…. Today, my husband commented on my newest piece of ceramic ‘yard art’ — his espresso cup. He’s made coffee with it for years, but it developed a crack, so now it’s in the cedar flower box, accenting the purple cone flowers. If you do find a good book about such repair work, can you let me know the title? I’d appreciate it… At present, using the Gorilla glue option for anything I truly can salvage! Thank you for your comment! — Jan

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