I bought myself a make-your-own totem of hand-thrown pottery pieces and made it into a fountain. I help organize a Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale and their booth was next to the booth at which I sat for two days for Garden Walk Buffalo at the Sale.
The vendor was Peter Goergen of JPG Pottery (3385 Maple Avenue, Allegheny, NY 14706 716-951-0172 email@example.com).
I watched other folks decide on their height first - an unseen interior metal pole screws into a fitting set in a concrete base. The fitting in the base is an "L" shaped pipe that can accommodate tubing to make it a fountain, although Peter hadn't seen any of his totems made into fountains.
You buy the concrete base and pipe for a base price of $25. Then you can add elements - hand thrown clay dishes, columns, balls, finials and more. And you pay individually for each piece. Price is determined by size, design, and complexity (ranging from $9 to $125 for mine). The total for mine was just a hair over $300.
The fun part was choosing the pieces. After I decided on the pieces and budget (they go hand-in-hand, don't they?), I had to take a photo so I remember how it went together, since I'd be disassembling it to take it home, then reassembling it again days later.
|The large leaves in the background |
I pounded out of copper roof flashing.
I planted it in the middle of my raised bed potager garden. Previously I had a rose standard here (a classic in potager gardens). The standard lasted for about five years, but last year gave up on me. I was looking for something with some height, and wanted a water feature too. So this fit the bill perfectly. Colors were ideal.