The ceramic vases today are used for various purposes, in gardening as a home for plants and shrubs, in the decoration of terraces and gardens (amphorae), in the decoration of the house as furnishings both in their natural state and decorated with various techniques which then we will illustrate, in the decoration of the table (jugs, decanters, carafes) or as simple containers for liquids and arid.
What is ceramic and how to create a ceramic vase with DIY?
Ceramics is a very ductile inorganic material, soft in its natural state, rigid after the cooking phase. There are various types of ceramics, the four main types of ceramics are terracotta or earthenware, earthenware, stoneware and porcelain, which can be be tender or hard.
To create a ceramic vase, first mix the clay and form a ball, place it in the center of our lathe, and place our hands cupped laterally with respect to the clay ball and press, then push the thumb to the center and begin giving shape to the mouth. If we see that the clay dries and tends to stick to the hands without any problem every time we feel the need. We cut the walls of the desired height using a punch and remove it from the jar with the maximum caution.
We put the vase to dry covered with a cloth in a dry and warm place and proceed with the first baking in the oven.
We dispose of the vase (the enamel is a passage that anyway we can skip if we want) we wait for it to dry and we make the second batch.
Use of ceramic pots in gardening
the greatest boast in choosing a ceramic vase (generally in terracotta) for our plants is surely the fact that the terracotta allows the water to transpire from the walls, eliminating also limestone and salts and so there is no risk of water stagnating and damaging plant roots.
The disadvantages are:
undoubtedly the highest cost compared to plastic pots, the fact that the earth tends to dry up first, so care must be taken to wet the plant more often not least the fact that the terracotta pot is very heavy, if we add the weight of the the vase itself, the weight of the plant and the earth, it is easy to understand how these vases are not very easy to move and maneuver, especially if they are large.
The plants that love this type of pots as their home are by far the most succulent plants both because the ceramic disperses the humidity disadvantaging the stagnation and because the ceramic pots being heavier give more support to the tall plants that could have a precarious balance .
Now let's see how to clean these precious vases, first we empty them well using a plastic spatula, then we rinse them under cold running water, then we fill a basin with hot water and vinegar, soak our jars for at least two hours after which we brush very hysterically and we will see, as if by magic, that all kinds of stains disappear if we see that there are some stains that have not come off pour a little bit of pure vinegar over them and we brush again with enthusiasm you will see that the spots will disappear, the color will return homogeneous and The appearance of the vessels will therefore be like new.
Ceramic vases: Use of ceramic vases as a decoration for the home
ceramic vases as home decoration are much appreciated both in their natural state without any painting, especially in rustic and country environments, or they can be painted with acrylic paints or spray paints, they can then be applied over stencils, an excellent system this to decorate and make a vase graceful without necessarily being artists.
We proceed in this way, first the vase is discarded a little and it is cleaned well then if it were very porous you can give a layer of transparent spray paint that smoothes and smoothes the surface of the vase and then moves on to the fun phase you take the stencil with the chosen image (the stencil is nothing but a stamp that can be made of plastic, wood, seughero, fabric), we paint it in the paint and print it on our vase, creating the decoration we like best.
Another cute, fast and inexpensive method to decorate our ceramic vases is the decoupage technique, so proceed;
first apply on all the surface of the vase an attaching agent or plaster in order to make our surface smooth and uniform, glue it onto our sheet of rice paper with the chosen image, paint the entire surface with a transparent varnish . Attention, if you want to use our decorated ceramic vases to put the plants in, you must be careful to spread a varnish even inside that does not let the water pass because the ceramic is a substance that transpires the water coming from the earth of the plants would be absorbed by the vase and passed to our decoration ruining it irreparably.