Cara Taylor x KM Ceramic Planter (Small)

Handmade ceramic planter with attached drip plate to catch water droplets from the plants after feeding. Ideal to rest smaller plants, like blossoming orchids, on windowsills or bookshelves. A KM exclusive. Medium also available. (more info)

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Cara Taylor x KM Ceramic Planter (Small) - Kaufmann Mercantile

Hand-thrown by New England ceramicist Cara Taylor, these understated porcelain planters have a charming character all their own. Ideal homes for smaller plants—like blossoming orchids, luscious succulents, and verdant herbs—each planter has two drainage holes that lead into an attached tray which collects any excess water runoff after feeding. The bone-white porcelain is dipped in a clear glaze so that its natural texture and coloring can how through. These simple planters will rest gracefully upon rays of sunshine in your windowsill or beside the art books in your library. 

Use & Care

Plant your favorite blooms or houseplants inside, and take care not to over water them.

Please note that as each planter is hand-thrown, minor variations in shape and size may occur, and that mineral elements of the porcelain clay may show through the clear glaze. 

Production & Design

A high school ceramics class set the soft-spoken Cara Taylor on her artist’s path. “I think in terms of shapes and forms, so working with clay was just natural for me,” she says. After completing degrees at the University of Delaware and University of Massachusetts, Taylor opened her own ceramics studio in a thriving and supportive arts community in western Massachusetts. Housed in a former textile factory, Taylor’s studio space has soaring ceilings and solid wood floors, and she has positioned her wheel to look out over the gentle slopes of the Metacomet mountain range as she works with the clay.

Taylor looks towards the folding forms of origami art and the process of sewing to inspire the simple lines of her designs. To make each one of these planters, a sizeable piece of clay is thrown on the wheel, and formed into a round ball, with a bit of extra clay left on the bottom of the clay mound for the tray. Taylor then hand-forms each planter as the wheel spins. Any extra clay is trimmed off, and the planters are moved to the kiln where they are bisque-fired at 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. After the first firing, they are dipped in a clear protective glaze so that the luminous bone-white color can be seen. “It’s a slow process to make these planters, but then there’s an immediate use afterwards,” explains Taylor, who likes to let the long grey-green tendrils of a String of Hearts stretch over the sides of the planters she makes and keeps for herself. 


2.8" high x 3.8" in diameter
(7 x 9.5 cm)
Drip tray is 5" in daimeter
(12 cm)
Weighs 13 oz (0.3 kg)

Glazed porcelain

Made in

Key points
- Attached drip plate has two drainage holes to collect water droplets
- Hand-thrown and glazed by ceramicist Cara Taylor
- Ideal for orchids, herbs, and succulents
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