One of the joys of collecting pottery is that of discovering unique and sometimes peculiar flower containers. The most variety is found among the smaller sized planters. A person can find a pot that represents nearly any theme you might imagine.
One of the most versatile small pieces in my home is this tiny green fawn. It was manufactured in the early 1930s by the Haeger company. It’s important to remember that simple, unpretentious arrangements of fill flowers work best in these small containers.
Sometimes, I cannot identify the manufacturer of an item. This problem most often happens with the small items. The butterscotch colored container with an applied rose is of the same manufacturer as another piece I have. Both can be utilized as either a shelf decoration or a wallpocket vase. I wanted to keep a warm appearance by using variations of red blooms in this example.
Once in awhile, I’m fortunate to come across a very unique item. The Chinaboy was probably made in the late 1950s or early 1960s. It is interesting both as a cultural artifact, and as a charming decorative accent. A few sprigs of purple flowers are a complimentary tone to the boy’s green clothing.
Small swan shaped planters are very easy to find. Most are similar in design to this Enesco example. These novelties were sold under different brand names and were usually manufactured in Japan, Hong Kong, or Taiwan. This one was fired with a gleeming gold glaze. I decided to go all out with an Ikebana inspired arrangement.
Many people have collections of small planters displayed on their knick knack shelves. If you have one or two, why not use your creativity to arrange some small artificial flowers to add an extra touch to your home?
The Blue Jay of Happiness has discovered many of the best examples at garage sales.