Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Acres of Atlanta Urns

Hooked on Houses is hosting her "Hooked on Fridays" blog party; I hope y'all will click here and have look. Today, I'm hooked on urns and particularly AW Pottery's acres of urns. (If you didn't get there here are some pictures from the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll last Friday.

This is one of our front porch concrete urns. Gordon picked it out from House Parts in 1989. It's as heavy a truck and just as pretty.


I came to urns later in my life and these are the urns that did it. Now, I'm a urn-guy and I fully support Tara's rule: "Every pot you own should be so fabulous it can remain empty. Because, of course, you will eventually want your pots empty. "

Been to AW Pottery in Atlanta? It's just east of Peachtree Dekalb Airport. The've got a lot of urns. They rock pots, literally acres of pots. They have a little cart to drive you around if you need it and strong guys with fork lifts. When you visit Chamblee's Antique Row, just head south on Chamble Tucker and turn left on Cumberland Drive across the street from the airport and the CDC.

What about No Mas? (see below) Where do you shop for urns? What about concrete urns?






AW is your source for these fishheads: for fountains, downspouts, for wonderful fishy goodness.


I had to measure and sketch them.




This one was from Pier 1.


No Mas in Castleberry Hill, Atlanta is loaded too. They have more urns from Mexico than you can possibly see in one visit.




This is actually a section of a cast stone column, that looks like an urn to me.



Somebody put a hold on 6 of these.



Thanks to Hooked on Houses' "Hooked on Fridays" blog party.


  1. Can you believe I've never been to AW? When I do another post on urns will link to this post of yours.

    Went to No Mas when the roses were peaking. OMG. Pots & a garden in the city.

    Yes, as a new gardener I was smug about not having urns/pots. Ha. Traveling European landscapes taught me what was what. URNS!!!

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

  3. Urns are chunks of compact outdoor architecture that you can enjoy driving by. I'm not sure how we found AW. Talk with the proprietress. She knows everything. Go inside too.

    Ironically we were looking for urns to use inside with glass tops as bedside tables. We found them at Intown Hardware on Highland Avenue. They will have an outdoor life some day.

  4. Ah...wonderful! Wish they had a branch here in the Hamptons!

  5. Funny, I've only recently begun to consider urns to embellish my backyard landscape here in Ohio!

    I suppose those fishheads could prove to be either elegant or quirky, eh?

  6. Love those urns! I like the quote about eventually wanting your urns empty -- yeah, and then eventually your heirs get to fill one up again. . . .

    I love plantings in gorgeous pots, but I'm no good at A)designing them and B) remembering to water them. House plants and potted plants shudder when they hear my name.

    I have some OK urns that I bought at discount places; I'd love to invest in gorgeous, big, handmade terracotta pieces, but I think the roof comes first. :-)

    Love your blog!

  7. Me again -- when we had our first house there were some old cinderblocks under the porch. We pulled them out, hosed them off, set them sideways, and I planted Impatiens in the cavities. Within a couple of weeks, they looked great -- like square cement planters. Gee, I used to be creative.

  8. They wouldn't let me get a fish head.

    AW will sell you a container full.

  9. Urns are wonderful -- almost like art or sculpture! I'm currently designing a garden for a house in the Wilmington Historic district where I have a large planted urn on a beautiful columnar pedestal as a focal point. I also did a post a while ago on container gardening and featured many planted urns!

  10. i love them. i want a few myself. it's nice to see something i want on a blog & i'm actually local so i can really go get one if i want to!

  11. Wow, those urns are fantastic. I haven't switched from my regular terracotta pots. Guess I need to stay in one place so I don't have to worry about moving them.

  12. What a great variety of urns! My taste leans toward formal, so choosing a few favorites isn't that hard this time. Thank you for featuring so many photographs. ~Arleen

  13. Wow that's a serious pottery place. Thanks for the shout out. I have never been.

  14. Terry, I love your front porch urn. I'd love to wander through some of those places...would just worry about one of my girls climbing in one and getting lost. ;) Thanks for the visit!

  15. Love the glossy black ones near the top (4th pic). They wouldn't suit my place but I can just imagine out the front of my friends sleek townhouse. Gorgeous!

  16. Terry,

    Those urns are truly amazing! A couple of years ago, I got smitten with urn fever. There is no cure--except to buy a few--every time the fever spikes!

    If I am every in the south, I will definitely have to check out all the amazing shops (okay, they are a bit bigger than a shop since you can drive a cart around!). Your photos are great!

    Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

  17. This comment has been removed by the author.

  18. There is no cure for urn fever. Now I enjoy urn spotting wherever we go.

  19. Wow, that's a lot of urns!! All the shapes and sizes and colours are great -- but out of them all, I'd have to say that my favourite one is yours :-) It's one seriously substantial urn, and the detailing around it is really nice. And I like that it's kind of rustic and looks like it's been sitting on your porch for years :-)


  20. Ohh! Balm for the soul...I am a true pot/urn addict...and hey...I even saw some we have in our garden!

  21. I have never been to any of these places, but they are now on my list. I love the thought of container gardening - it seems to versatile and flexible. The home in Haynes Manor that I profiled - owned by two of the top landscape architects in town - had some beautiful urns overflowing with beautiful flowers and vines.

  22. Gorgeous pots! I bought a couple of new ones this summer that I really love, but the prices made me feel a little weak in the knees. I like Tara's rule that they should be beautiful enough to stand alone. I'm going to remember that!

  23. You can find nice urns nearly everywhere these days. Habersham Gardens off Cheshire Bridge in Atlanta makes a specialty out of planted urns. You can buy them fully loaded or just get some hints about how it's done.

  24. Terry,
    We are heading to Atlanta next week end to check out Scott's antique market -- we'll have to check that place out, too!

  25. Wow, that AW Pottery is quite a place ... such a great find. The urns are gorgeous. It seems like they have every color and style imaginable! I wish we had a place like that here in MA.


  26. Urns are so versatile! Love them!

  27. Wow, I've never seen so many urns in one spot! I would love to go to a place full of them, but I wouldn't be able to choose! My favorite from this post was this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/18814459@N00/3875362678/

  28. Sarah, I love those one too. Formal shape with informal squiggles (don't know if "squiggles" is official urn lingo)

    One of the urn blog posts has a row of identical urns each planted with one of those tall shaggy ornamental grasses. Anyone remember that post? I'll never find it again.

    There are so many more I don't have pictures of.

  29. What a collection! I really would love some new urns for my back patio. There are a number here that I could take home and make my own!

  30. Wow! Amazing! Every details of it is perfectly well measured and the designs are just simple gorgeous.

  31. I’ve never seen so many beautifully crafted jars ever! This is just so amazing to me.

  32. QWER is your ticket to Australia if you live in Australia or plan to work in Australia shortly on a work visa.


Blog Archive