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Friday, January 18, 2013

Sometimes you just can't let go.

My SIL is crafty. I don't mean DIY crafty. I mean deviously crafty. With a capital D.

A week or so ago, he received an Architectural Pottery reissue on consignment. VesseL USA Inc. is licensed to produce the designs of LaGardo Tackett, John Follis, Malcolm Leland, David Cressey and Raul Anqulo Coronel in matte and gloss glazed ceramic, unglazed ceramic (bisque) and fiberglass. The pieces are made to the original designer specifications. The one he got is an IN-2 model in white with a black metal stand.

He brought the piece home with him, and he let it sit right in front of me for days, knowing I'd fall in love with it. He's aware that I'm shamelessly covetous of the originals owned by my blogging friends, and since AP is not as plentiful here in Texas as it is in California, I'm sure he thought I'd grab this one immediately. When I didn't take the bait, he finally loaded it up and put it in the store. I stayed strong till yesterday, when he posted it on Facebook. The minute I saw it go up, I called him and said, "Dammit, bring the planter back home. I'll write you a check for it."

He knew I wouldn't be able to let him sell the thing. I bet his hand was poised over the phone within 5 seconds of posting the picture. He knows me entirely too well.


Architectural Pottery planter and stand
by VesseL USA Inc.

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  1. Yes he does; but with a find like this aren't you happy for that?!!

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    1. Absolutely. I don't even mind that he got a good laugh at my expense, since I got the planter! :)

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  2. It's divine. Sometimes you just have to swallow your pride! Love the fact you succumbed!

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    1. I don't mind swallowing a little pride when it's sweetened with something like this! I know I won't be sorry in the long run.

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  3. Wow- never seen anything like that. Can't wait to see it in your new place!

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    1. If you ever find one of the originals, grab it and run like a bandit, because they're worth a ton of money! As I type this, building materials are being unloaded in my driveway, so I'm hoping there will be something to show really soon.

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  4. I'd be afraid to use real plants in it. Some vines would look great, wrapping down around the legs.

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    1. I'm still trying to decide if I want a single tall cactus or a spindly dracaena in it or something that trails.

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  5. I saw that whole exchange pop up on my Facebook feed last night and it made me chuckle. I'd have done the same, as it's a gorgeous piece. Did you see that they are now shutting the Gainey plant? The options for affordable modern ceramic planters are getting pretty slim.

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    1. I figured there were several people who saw us go back and forth a bit on that subject and got a grin or two.

      I did see about the Gainey plant. It's too bad they won't be making ceramic planters anymore, but I thought I read that they will continue to make fiberglass ones. I hope they'll make the same styles, because I love their big cylindrical pots and the round flat ones.

      I guess ceramic pots will eventually go the way of the dinosaur, especially the ones for outdoors, since they don't hold up to weather like the fiberglass ones do. I'd think they'd be cheaper to make than fiberglass, but maybe not. I'm sure they're not more economical to handle and ship, as heavy and breakable as they are, so maybe that's one reason manufacturers are abandoning them. As much as I love vintage ceramics, I have to admit that it really is easier for me to move big resin or fiberglass pots around on my patio. When I can find pretty ones, I really prefer them.

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  6. I've got a soft spot for planters so I can see why you took the bait on this one. Here's my rational: plants are good for the indoor environment. They clean our air and make our homes healthier .. . . so why not display our much-needed plants in gorgeous planters! Enjoy! - CT

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    1. I agree about the benefits of having plants in the house. I really feel like something is lacking if I don't have them. And of course I agree that they deserve gorgeous planters. I'm all for any excuse to buy more of them!

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  7. Haha, your giving in to this temptation is completely justified. Congrats, Dana!

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    1. My resolve wasn't very strong to begin with, and my SIL knew exactly how to push me over the edge. LOL

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  8. I agree, great planters are amazing! I have a passion for the ceramic kind, and LOVE your new handsome one Dana! My house is turning into a greenhouse...

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    1. My new place won't be as sunny as my house is. I wonder how my plants will take to the move, even though it's a short one.

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  9. That is a real beauty, no wonder you needed it! *hehehe*

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    1. I'm not sure I needed it...but I desperately wanted it...and I even more desperately didn't want anyone else to have it!!! hahaha

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  10. I can see why you needed to have that back in your home. Knowing you have it and no one else does is it's own reward.

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    1. Am I too old to say Nonny Nonny Boo Boo?

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  11. One should never let a planter of such amazingness slip through ones fingers! I am truly jealous and wish to own something even slightly of this calibre....can I suggest a ponytail palm, height and tendrils in one!

    SIL was playing with fire!

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  12. Wicked planter! Must've been hard to stay strong for all that time! Glad you succumbed in the end. x

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    1. It took all the will-power I had not to grab it out of his hands he day he took it to the store...haha I'm glad I finally caved!

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  13. He put that on Facebook and I had my eye on it....:(

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    1. See, I knew there were people out there just plotting to grab my planter...LOL

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