This style of rim was done by potters in the Mineral Point area 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.
Made as a decorative addition to as potter's usual production of crocks and jugs, attached saucer flowerpots were very popular in the 19th century.
I've always felt that it had a simple, yet elegant feel. The piecrusting under the rim reminds me of the ornamented cornices found under the eaves in federal style architecture.
This pot has an attached saucer. The inside of the pot, and the 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 Mineral Point Paperwhite Pot, with Attached Saucer
Approximately 10" top outside diameter x 5" tall. Saucer diameter is approximately 8".
This pot was fired to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, but care should be taken to not leave the pot outdoors in freezing temperatures.