April 30, 2012

Cash Mob in Highland Park

We love this idea! Read article below from The Eastsider LA.

Highland Park soda pop store welcomes mob scene

Countdown to GROW!

Starting the countdown for Grow! A Garden Festival which starts this Friday and ends on Sunday.  Errands, gathering of supplies, finalizing last minute booth details. It's our first show, so there is excitement,jitters and plenty of organized chaos. 

No matter what, we know we're going to have a good time and meet lots of cool people:)

April 25, 2012

Earthy Dark Mini Vessels

More mini vessels just listed on our online shop. Each vessel bears the name of our design studio and artist's mark.

April 24, 2012

Made in LA - Mother's Day Gift

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 13! 

Haven't picked that special gift out for your mama yet?

Might we suggest an LA made potted succulent by PUTIKMADE:)

If you live in Los Angeles and you'd like to purchase a vessel either from our online shop or through an email with us, we do have a local pickup place in downtown LA. If you're picking up, we can also plant the vessel for you for an extra fee depending on what you'd like planted. 

If you have any questions, special requests, drop us a note  at info{at}putikmade{dot}com and we'll get back to you right away. Cheers!

April 23, 2012

Exterior Shots

Here's a better photo of the planted vessel from last week.  It was a cloudy day today but it provided good lighting for this outside photo op.

April 20, 2012

Planting Day

To provide some energy for our planting session, Cynthia made us a date shake - almond milk, dates, banana, peanut butter and lots of ice - all in her industrial vitamix blender. That thing is an enormous beast!

Then onto hours of planting. Whew! 

Check out a sneak peek above. 

You can purchase this potted beauty at our booth at Grow! A Garden Festival, May 4-6 at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.  We'll be selling planted vessels as well as unplanted ones. 

Happy Weekend:)

Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung

Thank you to the super Lynne Door for posting us on your blog!

April 19, 2012

Violeta and the Original Upo's

This is Jennifer's mom, Violeta, standing  in front of her upo squash in the backyard of her home.  No instagram app needed here. This is circa 1997!  

i am not a celebrity

We're in love with Kate Mcauley for posting a pic of the UPO on her lovely blog i am not a celebrity. She wrote, "The perfect mini planter for my succulents". 


April 18, 2012

H├Žngende potteskjulere


That's hanging pots in danish! 

Hanging UPOs were in Hulda's top 3 favorite picks of hanging pots in the very cool design blog Bungalow5 from Denmark. 


English Thyme in UPO

Someone asked the other day if UPO planters were only meant for hanging - not so! UPO's can multitask. The bottoms are flat and the UPO can stand on its own. We tied the leather strap around the pot and *voila* standing planter!

April 17, 2012

Design*Sponge Afterglow

Since the lovely Grace Bonney mentioned us on Design*Sponge, we've had plenty(!) of visitors to our shop.  It was quite a surprise to wake up yesterday morning and see the wonderful surprise!  We've added more UPO hanging planters to the shop.  And look for some very darling mini vessels in the next week...

April 16, 2012

We're on Design*Sponge!

Wowzers! Nice piece on Design*Sponge about PUTIKMADE. Thank you Grace Bonney!

Plant Shopping

We went plant shopping over the weekend. So many delicious cacti and succulents to choose from...the bottom picture is an Echeveria Black Knight in our hanging UPO planter that Jeff, the cool plant designer from the California Cactus Center potted for us. It's chocolate on chocolate love! You can buy this and many more at our booth at Grow! A Garden Festival on May 4-6.

April 11, 2012

Shallow Bowl Planter Part III

So here's the final result of the shallow bowl planter!  Quite a difference it goes through in the high fire kiln, huh? 

Remember the post about how we thought the glaze might have been contaminated because of the white streaks/splotches on the glaze and we were disappointed? Well, we received alot of helpful comments and feedback from many people. Most everyone seemed to agree that what happened was quite fortunate. The glaze we use is supposed to do nothing but turn a very intense green.  So for it to do other than green things, it's unexpected, yes, but not necessarily a bad thing.

One person said, "you are looking at it with ugly eyes". We just love statement.

It made us rethink our expectations and perceptions. In high fire pottery, we should expect the unexpected and we should not immediately look at an unexpected result with 
u-g-l-y eyes :)

April 9, 2012


Ceramic welcome sign from http://www.etsy.com/shop/namasteworks
New sign at home

April 2, 2012

What is UPO?

The UPO series of vessels consists of a hanging planter(#1) and wall or table top planter (#2).  Made from black mountain clay, thrown on the wheel, and high fired. A leather strap with a simple knot allows the vessel to hang.

The inspiration for the UPO design comes from Jennifer's mom's garden. She used to grow a filipino squash, called upo in tagalog, that is used in many filipino dishes, like soup or stir-fry. They are long, slender squash with greenish skin and white flesh inside. They are also known as bottle gourds. When Jennifer's mom grew them, she would have them grow on a wire trellis suspended from above and the squash would grow down, hanging from a ceiling of leaves. 

So the UPO vessel is reminiscent of that image of a hanging upo squash.  

It's amazing how random memories will end up inspiring you 20 years later.