Drop Pots- How To
The technique involves placement of colored glass in a terra cotta flower pot in which the drainage hole at the bottom has been modified. We have experimented with a number of configurations ranging from 4 holes to 9 holes, circular holes, oblong holes, even cruciform holes. Figure 1 shows two of the pot hole configurations we’ve used. The color choice of glass as well as mix percentages are critical to the outcome. The pot is suspended above a kiln shelf as shown in Figure 2. Care must be exercised to level the shelf as well as the suspended pot. In addition, the amount of glass in the pot must be measured and limited to make sure the resultant piece doesn’t exceed the available area on the collection shelf.
Although we have used some drop pot pieces for clocks, we usually slump them into organic shaped bowls. The molds we use are hand made and result in an organic undulating rim. As with the pattern bars, the slumping of drop pot pieces requires a slow rise to 1200, a 20 minute hold there, then after cool down to the annealing temperature, a 3 hour hold there. Figure 4 shows a resultant slumped drop pot bowl.