Ceramics in the Garden

Words – Sue Hopwood / Image – Tony King

An extensive array of objects on display, provided by Alan and his wife Lynette, also an accomplished potter, promised us an interesting evening.

Pots of all shapes, colours and sizes, ornamental figures and even household bricks, all of which could enhance our gardens. The only thing missing was the kitchen sink, which he could not carry!

alan-gaydonAll we need is a little creativity, just simple, red terracotta can bring colour and texture into the garden during periods lacking colour in growth.

Ceramics can be purely decorative, set into walls or into small pools to reflect light.

Salt glazed pottery is ideal for our gardens. It does not chip or suffer frost damage.

Alan suggested we might like to make our own simple, coiled pots, firing them the African way ………. building a straw/rush fire around the pot. Is there anyone adventurous enough to attempt this?

Alans’ enthusiasm for his craft was self-evident and hopefully he has inspired some of us to experiment with ceramics in the garden.