We're a big fan of clay pots but they often look too new to us. We love how they look when they've gotten some age on them but although we scour flea markets and beg them from friends, it can be a challenge to find the size we're looking for. Is there a way to speed up the aging process? Luckily our impatience has found a solution and it's as close as your refrigerator... Both yoghurt and buttermilk can quickly age clay pots, giving them the weathered patina of those that have sat outside in the garden. The process, in both cases, is simple:
- Yoghurt: Gives pots a aged, slightly greenish patina. Using a sponge brush, liberally paint on yoghurt. Set in a cool, shady place in your garden for a few days. Warning: it's best to leave your curing pots outside as they may attract ants.
- Buttermilk: For an aged look with moss. Using a blender, whir together buttermilk and moss. Using the same technique as above, coat your pots with the mixture and set aside for a week or so.