We seem to be spouting fountains at our shop!!! We’ve been busy creating fountain styles and so far we have 5 different styles and are working on #6. Developing fountains from red clay pottery has proved to be quite an adventure and challenge. As with all of our creations we strive to provide the highest quality product possible and work through as many “what if” scenarios as possible to avoid problems. The pottery that we use is a very dense, long fired red clay that is made in Germany. The pottery is beautiful, durable and produces an exceptional finished product. The density of the clay creates a greater challenge for the drilling and cutouts needed for the fountains. FYI – clay pot will explode if an air pocket is hit while drilling. That really gets the old adrenaline going believe me!!
The Garden Flowers fountain, above on the left, is one of the larger fountains that we offer (so far). It’s on a pedestal and stands about 38 inches tall overall and is powered by an electric pump. Currently, we offer the choice of electric or solar pumps in our smaller fountain models. The larger models, like Garden Flowers and Fiesta (see the photos to the right of Garden Flowers) require a pump that moves a larger volume of water and we offer electric pumps in these units. The addition of stones, marbles or glass beads/mosaic pieces to the fountain trays changes the sound of the fountain dramatically and adds color and texture to the overall appearance.
Testing the fountains is always an adventure and is a recommended activity on a hot afternoon – that water is cold, refreshing but COLD! Take a look at the video of Garden Flowers – use this link 57 Artifacts Facebook page . Let us know what you think. I’ll be adding more photos to this project so that you can see all the different designs that we come up with.
Kate & Cliff