Ceramic vases

The pot per plant

The plant pot is a very common object in anyone’s homes; nowadays everyone has a vase on a window, terrace or balcony. This is in our opinion an extremely positive thing, since plants and flowers are one of the most appreciable and best natural beauties to have at home. Gardening has been practiced at home for a very long time, and this should make us think that there are many positive aspects. First of all it occurs to us that a corner of flourishing, colorful and fragrant nature at home can be a real healthy touch for health. Secondly, the hobby of gardening is itself natural and healthy just like plants. Moreover, if at least the ancient Greeks and Romans had already thought of using terracotta containers to keep their plants at home, how could it be a mistake to do so? These peoples had both a great love for nature, which exploited very little and indeed cared much more than we do. They started from terracotta containers (a material of very ancient origin, obtained through the cooking of natural clay) that were previously used for food, drinks, night needs (exactly, the progenitor of our grandparents’ chamber pot), and then they were rethought and adapted to accommodate the earth and a plant that could brighten the entrance to the house or some other area.

From past to present

We have mentioned the origin of the vase and its first uses, but with the progress of time and the millennia the situation has changed a lot. That is, the use that is made of plant pots has remained the same, but for example the materials and therefore the production processes have changed, as well as society and culture have changed. An example of the change in culture is the introduction of vases more as furnishing objects than to contain plants and reproduce a corner of nature in the home. In fact, today many people prefer to put a fake plant in a vase with strange shapes and materials in an unlit and ventilated place, rather than having and taking care of a live plant in a place that can clearly allow this creature to live. Our culture,

New materials

We have described how the mentality of our time is also changing the way we consider flowers and their uses in the home; Fortunately, this does not always happen, because there are still many people who live the life of their plants and take care of every aspect of their existence. Rather now we would like to talk about the materials of modern pots, very far from those materials such as terracotta that represented the baptism of fire in the first plant pots. An enormous value of terracotta was its naturalness, its natural origin; now unfortunately this cannot be listed among the merits of most of the materials, because for example the very common plastics (an industrial synthetic material with which today much more than half of the vases are made) are able to make our vases survive for a longer time (it is much more resistant and less fragile than terracotta) and allows us a great savings in purchasing (industrial process in series and large volumes of sales and production), but it certainly does not have that charm of naturalness like terracotta. It is true that there are other materials, and now we are going to list them and analyze one that in a special way seems closer to the concept of nature.

Ceramic vases: Ceramic vases

Ceramic is an industrial process material, but it has a clear natural origin: it is produced with a mixture of components, with the majority belonging to silicon. Ceramic has the enormous quality of being quite economical and very elegant, in fact some of the most popular and appreciated home services are built with this important material. But we might notice one thing in particular, from materials experts: ceramic is very very fragile, even more so than terracotta, so we have not improved compared to the past? Let’s say that at the time of the ancient Romans and Greeks, ceramics did not exist, and it is not certain that the passage of time brings only improvements, on the contrary. However, it remains to be said that ceramic, if equipped with special holes for the drainage of water and the exchange of air,

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