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Vintage Inspiration: Copper Watering Can

by Kate Pruitt


My new studio has large windows with plenty of sun exposure, and I can’t tell you how exciting it is to finally have a space where plants can grow (in case you haven’t heard me gripe about it a million times already, my apartment is basically a dark cave). Some of my earliest purchases for the space: pots, ferns, succulents and this vintage watering can, which I purchased from the Etsy shop The Art of Salvage.

I know what you’re thinking, and yes, it’s a bit small to be practical for watering a sizeable collection of plants. But in my mind, its beauty far outweighs this functional flaw. I feel like I’ve purchased a small sculpture that just happens to transport and disperse water. You have no idea how long I spend staring at this thing: the flow of the curve from the handle to the spout is full of unlimited strangeness and interest to me.

I wish I knew something, anything, about the creator of this watering pot. Alas, like so many vintage objects, its origins will forever be a mystery. Inspired by the organic geometry of this unusual little object, I tried to choose products that share the same attention to form. These would all fit nicely into my dream studio or home, ideally a spare, open space where the furniture and objects could sit comfortably alone or in couples, like a series of islands in a big open sea. I know some of these items will always be out of my reach, but I don’t really expect them to be cheap. Every one of them is a piece of art, humming with an organic energy, their shapes and surfaces hinting at the hands that made them. — Kate

Clockwise from top left: Vintage Ben Seibel Brass Bookends, $400 (These are often available on eBay, as well.); Alma Allen Wood Stool, $1800; Stan Bitters Cylinder Hanging Lantern, $645; Pulp Pendant II, $615; Sisu Nightstand, $998; “Squares” Handprinted Dinner Napkins by Knife in the Water, $18 for the pair; 3 x 5 Chunky Woven Jute Rug, $120

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Clockwise from top left: Exclamation Point Lamp Base, $228; Della Lana Handfelted “Sheepscape” Rug, $985; Gartheli Antique Welsh Blanket, $198; Tunisian Stoneware Jug, Bottle and Bowl, $15–$97; Leon Interchangeable Side Tablecontact for priceDiamond Mirror by Piet Houtenbos, $3500; Nyth Fruitbowls by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio, $145–$175; Naida Chair, $998; SyuRo Round Brass Can, $60

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