Stoneware Planting Crock

Classic glazed stoneware crock turned heavyweight planter with the addition of a drain in the base. Available in one gallon and two gallon sizes. Made in Zanesville, Ohio. A Kaufmann Mercantile exclusive design. (more info)

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Stoneware Planting Crock - Kaufmann Mercantile

Crocks like these have been used for centuries to store food, preserve drygoods and pickle vegetables. With the addition of a drainage hole in the base, the classic vessel can now be used to nurture potted plants, herbs, flowers and vegetables.

Americans began adopting salt-glazed stoneware in the early 1700s. By 1820, this sturdy, chip-resistant pottery was being produced in most major American urban centers, and stoneware became a ubiquitous part of the 19th century household. Traditionally, potters would decorate their wares with bold stripes or the trademark of their company, using a rich blue cobalt oxide.

Use & Care

These heavy duty planting crocks make happy homes for all types of growing things. They are a handsome way to pot a houseplant, a fine shelter for herbs and a sturdy starter space for budding vegetables. Each crock is finished with lead free glazes making them safe to grow edible plants in. 

Production & Design

The process in creating these crocks begins with the clay. Using a special recipe formulated to achieve just the right consistency, the clay is mixed with water, then put through a mill and is formed into snake-like "slugs". These slugs of clay are then cut according to the size of the planter that is being made.

Each crock is made on a forming press in a metal mold. Once off of the press, it is hand finished and dried. When dry, each piece is hand sprayed with a glaze that is mixed on site from a recipe unique to this company. After the piece is glazed, it's ready to be fired at approximately 2200 degrees Fahrenheit, a process that takes about twelve hours. Once the kiln has been opened and the pieces have cooled, they're stamped with the company name.


1 gallon: 8.5 inches tall x 8 inches diameter
(21.6 cm x 20.3 cm)
2 gallon: 9 inches tall x 10 inches diameter
(22.8 cm x 25.4 cm) 

1 gallon: 10 pounds (4.5 kg)
2 gallon: 14 pounds (6.3 kg)

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