This style of rim was done by potters near the northwestern Illinois town of Galena, and by surrounding areas of southwestern Wisconsin in the 1860's. Many of the 19th century immigrants to the area were from Cornwall, England. The ornamented rims of their flower pots were similar to ornamented rims made by their cousins in Cornwall.
Attached saucer flowerpots were very popular in the 19th century, and made by many potters in the mid-Atlantic region, all the way to Illinois and Wisconsin. The flourishes of the Galena rim are a decorative departure from the potter's usual production of utilitarian crocks and jugs.
The inside of the pot, and the attached saucer are treated with an acryllic sealer, making them as waterproof as possible. However, be careful where you water the pot; if it is overwatered, water will fill the saucer and could damage fine furniture.
- Handthrown by Peter in Rockdale, Wisconsin.
- Attached saucer is treated with a clear waterproofing.
- Fired to 2000 degrees fahrenheit.
- Fired-on mineral wash finish.
- Drainage hole allows for direct plainting.
- For indoor and outdoor use, but not frost proof; store inside during winter months.
#6 Galena Rim, with Attached Saucer
Approximately 8.5" top outside diameter x 7.5" tall. Saucer diameter is approximately 6".
This pot was fired to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, but care should be taken to not leave the pot outdoors in freezing temperatures.