With your gardens in mind, we’ve been making new ceramic planters that will bring to life any corner of a garden or patio, and, because they are mostly blue in colour, they will set off the warmer yellow, orange or ochre hues of the plants. Furthermore, blue is serene and mentally calming, associated with intelligence, communication, trust, efficiency, serenity, duty, logic, coolness, reflection, calm, and thus a nice contrast with yellow and its optimism, confidence, self-esteem, extroversion, emotional strength, friendliness and creativity. All of that in one planter, but then belatrova does like to carry out as much research as possible on behalf of its supporters and customers, and this often reveals things we were not aware of – perse, smalt and watchet, for example, are all associated with blue, as are the better known azure, cobalt, navy, sapphire, cerulean, cyaneous, mazarine, pavonated, perwinkle and ultramarine.
How we make them
After a slab pot has cooled down from its bisque firing, the oxides are painted on. The oxides of the Brushstroke Blues range include Cobalt Blue, Nickel, Iron Chromate, Cornflower and Bramley stains. Every slab pot is unique and contains the same colours with slight variations in touch and balance. Once a clear glaze is poured over the surface it is once more placed in the kiln for the final firing at about 1270 degrees. This is when vitrification takes place, making the ceramic tough and resistant to weather extremes of heat and cold. They will not crack in a frost.
Each pot has the belatrova “b” seal on its underside.
dimensions: 18 x 18 x 18 cms