Wednesday Vignette – elusive perfection

This past July, when we were touring nurseries in the Tacoma area, I came across this fabulous pot. I’ve never seen anything like it – before or after. (Trust me – I have looked…) I absolutely love its Escheresque pattern, and the fact that there is no glaze to distract from its definition – just plain ol’ terra-cotta clay. It wasn’t priced – heck, it wasn’t even labeled – and there was only one. There were no clues whatsoever to store away in memory. I even asked about it. The answer was not overly informative – only that it probably came from Vietnam. In a perfect world, I would have just bought it, but alas – the world is not perfect. Booh…

I fell head over heals in love with this Escheresque planter.

I fell head over heels in love with this Escheresque planter. Don’t you just love that mind boggling pattern? It’s like an optical illusion…

Since returning home, I have kept my eyes open for its like, both in catalogs, and at a recent trade show – to no avail. Isn’t it the coolest thing ever? If any of you know the source of this marvel – please let me know. I can’t stop thinking about it… If I keep obsessing about it, maybe I just have to get back in the car, and head for Tacoma…

I suppose there is no chance that it's still there, waiting for me, but it sure is tempting of pick up the phone and find out... Oh, the temptation!!!

I suppose there is no chance that it’s still there, waiting for me, but it sure is tempting of pick up the phone and find out… Oh, the temptation!!!


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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20 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – elusive perfection

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  2. mattb325 says:

    That is one amazing pot. It is totally unique!
    If it’s still there, I would definitely buy it, even if you can’t use it…it’s something you could on-sell to the right client.
    Here is my contribution:

  3. Alison says:

    You should have said which nursery this was, I’m sure I could have paid the nursery a trip to see if it’s still there, saving you a long trip north. Here’s my Wednesday Vignette:

  4. hoov says:

    Pick. Up. The. Phone!

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  6. Anna, it is a lovely pot. A lovely pot and generous enough for a ‘statement’ plant! It is probably better in your memory than in reality, if you understand what I mean ❤ I've joined you with a vignette this week.

  7. rickii says:

    Proves my point that non-buyer’s remorse is way more painful than that other sort. I was just thinking that Alison or Peter would probably be willing to pick it up for you. Surely they will be coming our way soon. Here’s my vignette (plus some other stuff):

  8. Kris P says:

    It’s a remarkable pot. It looks a little delicate – was it? When you hear back from the store, ask them if they’re getting any more and if they sell by mail order! Here’s my Wednesday Vignette:

  9. Elvis says:

    It’s beautiful. I can almost see the potter pressing the design into the surface with a cuneiform kind of tool. Can’t wait to see if you get it! Here’s my Wednesday Vignette:
    Thanks for hosting, Anna dear!

    • annamadeit says:

      Do you think that’s how they did it? I was trying to figure out how in the world they got it so even… I imagined a CAD/CAM process, and a machine tooled mould. Your way, of course sounds far more intriguing… 🙂

  10. You will let us know, either way, right?

  11. Jenni says:

    Well? Updates on the mystery pot? I think you need to have it. The texture is amazing. You would find something to contrast against it I think. And I agree with Rickii, non-buyers remorse is far more painful. I’ve felt it many times!! Here’s my contribution this week:

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