Rhubarb forcers are familiar to English gardeners, but not as much to their cousins here in America. A rhubarb forcer is used to jump start rhubarb in the early spring, when the nights are still cold. Covering the rhubarb shoots when they first emerge will keep them from getting damaged by frost. During the day, the lid is left off to let the plant get some sunlight, but not too much. Depriving the plant of sunlight decreases the photosynthesis, which keeps the rhubarb pale, and also makes it stretch to get more sunlight. The result is a more delicate stalk that has less bitterness than non-forced rhubarb.
For folks who don't grow rhubarb, the shape is a nice piece of garden ornament that speaks to an earlier time.
It's pretty rare to find a studio potter who is making these. They are some of the most labor intensive pieces I make, but also very satisfying. It is a multi-step process that takes 3-4 days to complete the steps. You can find a video on how I make these by visiting the How's it Growing channel on YouTube. https://youtu.be/LtRcunnfJGc
- Handthrown in by Peter in Rockdale, Wisconsin
- Traditional red terracotta, fired to 1950° F.
- Frostproof from delamination due to temperatures below freezing. However, if water or damp soil collects in the pot and freezes solid, the pot may crack.
- For indoor and outdoor use, but should be stored inside during winter months to ensure maximum years of use.
#24 Rhubarb Forcer, With Lug Handles, Red Terra Cotta
Approximately 16" inside height, 19" to top of lid. The bottom is 6pproximately 13.5" diameter.