Part of what makes the the dry, grass-free patio gallery feel so lush is the huge inventory of ceramic pot fountains currently on display, most handcrafted on site by artist Richard Gudin:
Some of the more affordable fountains are made from mass-manufactured ceramic pots converted to fountains by Richard. The effect is not quite as artistic, but $240 fits a lot easier into my budget than $700 - 1,000. Unfortunately, Matt is not as enthusiastic about a garden fountain as I am, and with our recent wedding and newly formed commitment to joint spending/saving the ceramic pot fountain is going to have to remain a mental note until next spring.
As my boss always reminds me, every time you hear "we can't" it's an opportunity for innovation. I can't have an artistic container fountain, but I CAN build one, right? Our yard has been a dust bowl for months, and we're finally putting in our own sea of pea gravel and seeding a small section of grass this weekend. It's the perfect time to plan for a water feature, and the internet is overflowing with helpful tips. All I need are:
- A powerful pump
- Small quantity of hose
- An object to convert into a fountain
I thought of ripping off Richard's artistry entirely by making my own ceramic pot fountain, but in addition to making me feel like a creative fraud I'm not sure a high-end ceramic pot fits into my budget. I've decided to dig a hole, install a 5 gallon bucket as a reservoir, line it with thick plastic, place a sturdy screen on top, pile up a few rocks, and finish it off with a boulder already in my yard. I will attempt to drill a hole into the boulder for the tube...I haven't decided what kind of tip to use but I may just hide it under a pile of rocks to complete the natural look.
Ooh, if I could find a dish large enough I think I'd go for this look: