Pottery Water Crocks

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Pottery water crocks are just one fine example of an ancient process that has produced bowls, containers, and plates for the peoples of the world for thousands of years. Originally, clay was baked in an open fire, but as pottery-making and ceramics became more sophisticated and decorative, artisans needed the higher temperatures that could only be attained in kilns. The discovery of glazing also required high heat in order to fix the glaze.

Pottery water crocks are excellent for storing liquid because they are impervious to such materials. The glaze lets water slide off the silky finish without penetrating. Because the shiny surface does not react with materials that come in contact with it, it makes for a safe, clean container.

Pottery Water Crocks as Decoration

Ceramic crocks not only perform an important function by storing water to protect it from dust, debris, and contamination. They also decorate their small space in ways that make us feel lighter through their whimsy, or more inspired because of their patriotic or inspirational messages. Cartoons bring playfulness to our day, and praying angels bring comfort when we see their childlike faces at peace.

If you are touched by sentimental, old-fashioned scenes of country cottages among the wild flowers of a lavish garden; if you love garlands of flowers, from red roses to blue forget-me-nots, then there are many beautiful, pottery water crocks that would catch your eye. Do you love the bounty of summer and fall? Varied fruits--peaches, apple, strawberries--appear on crocks; fall harvest scenes filled with pumpkins decorate others.

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