How an Innocent Clay Pot Became a Pondless Fountain

It wasn’t long after moving into our home that Chris brought home a large clay pot. One of his clients that was an avid gardener, learned I was going to school for horticulture and gave him the pot for me to use. I liked this pot. I didn’t want to just put any ‘ol plant in it. So it sat. And sat. Waiting for that special, symbiotic relationship only a pot & plant can know.

While thinking of ways to produce income for in my new design/horticultural services, I had a thought. What about pond maintenance? Eh, no, too many gross things. How about fountains.. Pond-less fountains! Ooo, I remember seeing a tipped over pot pouring water into rocks. THAT sounds like something do-able, and I have just the pot for it! If a clay pot could smile…

I’m a bona fide Jerry-rigger, following in my father’s (Jerry WAS his name) shoes. I brought up my idea to my husband and he too started to think it out. He is a plumber, but graduated with an art degree from Milwaukee Art & Design School. Between the two of us, there’s not much that stumps us for long.

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The first fountain Chris made for me with the pot he brought home.

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Another angle.

After our success on the first one, his artist brain flipped to manic… “I can drill a rock, yeah that’s what I’ll do next…”

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Don’t take it for Wisconsin granite… but it is!

Hmm. Can the rocks be stacked? Sure they can!

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The first balancing act.

My friend is a keen garage saler with a creative eye. She bought these copper pots with the idea of having Chris make a fountain out of them. Whoop, there it is!

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Pond-less copper pot fountain

Word started to get out. My brother ordered up a challenge. He wanted a large fountain with multiple features. This is where Chris’s plumbing skills shined. All of these are separately adjustable, but only one pump.

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It’s the “Bird Attractor 3000”!

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Just how tall is too tall?

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This one was a loving wife’s birthday present to her husband.

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I like the Wisconsin granite with the gray slate. Nice texture.

Close your eyes, take a deep breath…. Exxxxhale. Ah. Tranquility.

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