I was out at one of my favorite antique malls the other day, Montecello Antiques. On this trip I was by myself, spending a rainy Sunday afternoon rummaging the aisles, looking for anything that might catch my eye. Because I was alone, I made a few loops through. I find it’s hard to catch everything on one pass. On my second or third trip down one of the aisles, a cute little piece of stoneware pottery caught my eye. It was a grayish tone, primitive stoneware pitcher with a shiny glaze and 2 hand-painted navy blue stripes around the belly. For only $8, I decided I could make it a home.
What is Stoneware?
Stoneware is a ceramic material primarily created from stoneware clay or non-refractory fire clay that has been fired at extremely high temperatures. It’s known for being super durable and I read is great for day to day use.
How I’ll Use it
The shape and size called for it to become a planter. I luckily had a plant in a pot roughly the same size, but in a dish that wasn’t jiving well with my current decor. I replanted it in my new-to-me pitcher and put it on display under a large cloche. Please note, I have a very non-green thumb, so most of the plants in my house are temporary. My cat also took some nibbles on this one, so it’s probably better off under the jar.
A Second Find
After my first pitcher find, on a separate excursion to another antique mall, I found a much taller version, which has a more traditional water pitcher shape with tall straight sides. This pitcher was originally at a discounted price of $48, but the seller was also closing out her shop, so I got it for half price to boot, only costing me $24. Together these two pitchers make a cute set to display as a grouping. The taller pitcher also doubles as a great large vase. Luckily Tim brought me home some flowers so I could try her out.
Why I picked them up?
The stoneware pitchers gives a very causal, farmhouse style to my decor. It has a great, hand-made primitive look and the gray color can coordinate easily with a lot of styles. Plus, navy is just so in right now. With stoneware’s relatively low price-tag, it’s a great way to add a rustic hint to your decor.