Claire Bandfield is a self-taught artist living in Camas, Washington. Originally from Portland, she started making hand cast stone pots for her garden.
The planters, made from Portland cement, sand and organic materials, resemble the limestone rock tufa.
Hand cast stone is frost proof and weighs less than concrete.
Salts and minerals occur naturally in cast stone, if white minerals appear on surface use a wire brush and rinse with water. After removal they should no longer appear.
Claire lives with her family in a cottage on Prune Hill, an extinct volcanic vent in the Columbia River Gorge.
With an appreciation for creating organic objects with stone, her custom forms are inspired by modern architecture and traditional Japanese gardens.
The pot will turn green and establish an aged appearance when left outside as the planters attract moss and lichens.