It’s Monday and the day for Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday meme.
I’m excited because these are the very first flowers to be cut from the cuttings garden!
Well, Okay I didn’t grow the Gerbera plants but bought them from the supermarket of all places! But they have been planted in the cuttings garden for almost a month and these flowers weren’t there when I bought the plants so I think they fit the criteria.
The vase was given to be by a very good friend who also sells ceramics from Italy on line, if you would like to see the range she has click here.
The vase is reproduction bucchero.
From Wikipedia “(Bucchero (Italian pronunciation bukkero is a class of ceramics in central Italy by the region’s pre-Roman Etruscan population. This Italian word is derived from the Latin poculum, a drinking-vessel, perhaps through the Spanish búcaro, or the Portuguese púcaro.
Regarded as the “national” pottery of ancient Etruria, bucchero ware is distinguished by its black fabric as well as glossy, black surface achieved through the unique “reduction” method in which it was fired. After the leather-hard green ware was arranged in the kiln and the fire started, the vent holes were closed, thus reducing the supply of oxygen required in a normal kiln firing. In the smoke-filled atmosphere of the kiln, the oxygen-starved flames drew oxygen molecules from the iron oxide of the pottery. This process caused the fabric of the clay to change colour from its natural red to black. The lustrous, shiny, black surface of many bucchero pots was achieved by diligent burnishing (polishing,) or, occasionally, through the application of a thin slip (clay emulsion).”
There are remains of the Etruscan civilization all around where I live, I have even found small pieces of their pottery in the garden when I’ve been digging but sadly no whole vases! Most Greek pottery that you see in museums all over the world was actually found in Etruscan tombs.
Thanks Cathy for hosting, what’s growing in oyur garden that you could harvest to put in a vase? Do share!