Planters Part 2

April 28, 2022

A few months ago I saw a picture of a Rat Tail cactus in Better Homes and Gardens. The name is tragic, but the actual cactus is these long skinny things (ok they look like rat tails) and these gorgeous pink and purple flowers. I found a place on Etsy that had them, but there were all kinds of warning about shipping when it was cold. Since it warmed up the last week I took the plunge. Of course I didn't just buy the rat tail cactus, I also bought 5 other cacti as well. They came this weekend and they were packaged perfectly.
Seeing as how I was already in planter mode this weekend I decided that I should make planters for them. The Rat Tail cactus and the Sedum Morganianum Donkey's Tail (who names these?) both needed hanging pots. I had made a conical hanging planter before. It's fairly simple - cut a large circle, make a cone, dry upside down. It will fire upside down too, so the top edge (currently resting on the board) will be bare clay.

Planters Part 2

For the other hanging planter I wanted to try something different. I used the mold I made from my wok as the form. I draped the clay over it and created intentional folds. The stamp is one that I made. See the upside down flower? It's the first time I've used it and I really like how simple, but pretty it is. It too will get fired upside down and have a bare edge. I still have some cleaning up to do on this one, it is still pretty wet.

Planters Part 2

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