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10 Easy Pieces: Rainwater Collection Urns

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10 Easy Pieces: Rainwater Collection Urns

June 20, 2017

For rainwater collection, an amphora in the garden goes with everything. The clay jar’s graceful, classical curves have been a go-to shape for stylish storage vessels since the Bronze Age. Here are 10 high-and-low finds, both new and antique:

amphora rainwater collection terra cotta urn

Above: A lightweight Rainwater Tank Amphora made of plastic is 47 inches tall and has the capacity to hold 79 gallons of water. It can connect to a hose via its spigot (which has a 3/4-inch thread). It is €215 via Hornbach.

amphora rainwater collection antique terra cotta urn

Above: A Greek Revival-style Large 19th century Terracotta Urn is 36 inches high and has a diameter of 28 inches at its widest point. It has chips on the rim, stains from salt water, and some scratches; $3,800 from Ralph Lauren via 1stdibs.

amphora clay terra cotta rainwater collection

Above: Made in Tuscany, a clay Amphora made of terra cotta from Impruneta is available in six sizes at prices ranging from €124 to €204 from Marrangoni Pottery.

oil jar terra cotta rainwater collection garden urn

Above: A Cretan Oil Jar in a terra cotta finish measures 40 inches high and is $1,174 from Burke Decor.

A large selection of Vintage Greek Pithari is available at Eye of the Day Garden Design Center in Carpinteria, California; contact Eye of the Day GD for information and prices.
Above: A large selection of Vintage Greek Pithari is available at Eye of the Day Garden Design Center in Carpinteria, California; contact Eye of the Day GD for information and prices.

Above: A Rainwater Amphora Water Butt measures 51 inches high and with a 27-inch diameter comes with a choice of a brass or chrome tap and has a capacity to hold 66 gallons of water; £279.95 from Water Butts Direct.

Above: A set of two Monumental Enfield Pottery Terracotta Urns are 47 inches tall. Made by the Enfield Pottery and Tile Co. of Pennsylvania for Louis Comfort Tiffany, they have a classic Greek form, with narrow necks and flared rims. For more information and pricing, see dealer Todd Merrill at 1stdibs.

Amphora handles terra cotta rainwater collection urn

Above: An Amphora Rainwater Tank has a 160-gallon capacity; $629.95 from Rain Harvest Systems.

Large Spanish Rustic Terra Cotta Oil Jar Rainwater Collection Urn

Above: A Large Spanish Rustic Terracotta Oil Jar is $549 from Omero.

Above: A Terracotta Effect Water Butt has a removable planter and a hole in its lid to connect directly to a drainpipe. It is £144.99 from Primrose.

For more of our favorite ways to manage rainwater, see:

Product summary  

Gutters, Rain Barrels, & Rain Chains

Rainwater Urn

$120.00 USD from Gardener's Supply Co.
Gutters, Rain Barrels, & Rain Chains

07 10 Amphora

€124.00 EUR from Marrangoni Pottery

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