Here is my inspiration…this wonderful pot in the cérusé finish from Le Chêne Vert as featured here by Catriona McLean. I love this finish...whitened clay glaze over red terra cotta. In case you are not familiar with these traditional French pots, they originated in Anduze, a small town in the south of France, where the famous potter Boisset first created his version of the Italian-inspired design in 1610.
You may recognize these more traditional finishes. Aren’t they lovely? You will notice that they always feature a garland and a medallion with the potter's mark, sooo…
…you can imagine my excitement at finding this at Goodwill for only $2.92! It’s small…only about 6 inches tall…but certainly has everything I was looking for!
I wanted a grouping of three pots or vases, but was lucky to have found the one Anduze style pot, so I decided to give the same finish to a less-than-lovely urn and a pretty celadon vase decorated with palmettos…both also from GW for under $3.00 each. I gathered them up and the staff and I headed outside to see what we could do!
However, our co-host Baby Kitty was unavailable for this post due to the unexpected presence of a lizard under my garden snail...so I undertook this project alone!
First, I sprayed the pieces with Krylon primer…
…and next I gave them a coat of acrylic paint from Americana called Georgia Clay…appropriate for me! Hey…they’re not kidding! My dirt is that color! And…the paint was on sale at Michaels this week, too! Woo hoo!
Then I added a coat of the same paint in Light Buttermilk. I wanted the terra cotta color to show through a little and left it showing completely on the inside as in my inspiration piece.
Next, I dry brushed a little more of the Georgia Clay to highlight the details…
…and dry brushed on a little more of the Light Buttermilk to soften it. I finished them off with several good coats of Krylon Clear Glaze leftover from a previous project.
And…voilà! I just added my mossy “brain,” some frenchy faux lavender and a little topiary! Hey...I just noticed Baby Kitty's reflection in the silver tray...lurking in the background checking out my work...
...as he should, since I have to admit that the terra cotta paint had me scared for a few minutes, but I love the result!
My favorite, of course, is the Anduze style pot! What do you think?
And here’s mine with my inspiration piece…not bad, huh? Maybe one day I can have the real thing, but in the meantime, this will do nicely!
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