Spice up your life with Wax Pottery

Bowls and spheres from waxpottery.com

I was looking something up today and came across a peculiar term. Thought it might have something to do with wax resist, but soon learned it was something I’d never heard of before. This type of home decor emulates pottery in that typical shapes are made…a bowl, for instance. That’s where the similarity ends, though, because the ‘vessel’ is made of wax. This wax is also impregnated with organic matter, color and scent to be used as a form of potpourri. They are actually quite beautiful…little bits of nature placed to create a pleasing look. The Wax Pottery site carries wax bowls and spheres. I’m not big on diffusers, scented candles or potpourri about the house, but I rather like these wax works and think it’s charming that it is called pottery. (Much the same as I liked the term clay candy…) The bowls are surprisingly large, seven or ten inches across and the spheres are four. The site has a fragrance chart and, looking at it, I imagine these could smell quite nice if they didn’t overpower. Cinnamon, clove, lavender, pine, cedar. Artwax candlestore also sells wax pottery in bowl and sphere shape, as do several other companies through amazon.com. Previously, I thought that the chemicals used to scent candle wax must be unhealthy, especially with the el cheapo brands. Several things made me change my tune regarding safety and I’ll get to them in a minute. The Habersham Candle Company, which makes the wax pottery at the link posted higher up, makes and sells soy candles, which are healthier than the petroleum product from

Spheres from artwax candlestore

which ordinary candles are made. It has been found that candles made from paraffin give off carcinogenic fumes when burned, according to a study reported in this BBC article. Of course, wax pottery uses wax to hold scent, colorants, and organic matter. Unburned, it would be inert.The main question, then, is about fragrances used for wax pottery and whether they are healthy to be around. The U.S.’ National Candle Association site says that “reputable candle manufacturers use only fragrances that are approved.” So, if these scents can be burned and remain safe, they are safe in unheated form. Then, it is simply a matter of aesthetics and taste…. The trade organization also makes the point that just because something is natural doesn’t necessarily mean it is safer. “A natural ingredient, as opposed to a manufactured or synthesized ingredient, is not necessarily any safer.” The Candles and Diffusers site supports this claim. Well, you know me, if I can make it myself, I will. A number of materials and molds are needed to make of wax pottery, though; none of which I have. So, I think I just might treat myself to someone else’s creation this time around. I like the shapes and bits of nature and they’d be a nice addition to my home this fall, as I enter the comfy zone…

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12 Responses to Spice up your life with Wax Pottery

  1. Wax pottery – what a clever fragrance and unique gift idea! The one drawback that I can see is that the fragrance is always present. With candles you can extinguish them so that the fragrance is not constant, and also, we burn candles for ambience as well. I think that I still prefer the idea of scented candles, particularly soy candles, which as noted above, are healthier than paraffin wax candles. .

    • Jan

      Thank you for your comment…yes, I thought wax pottery was unique. You are right; that’s something I hadn’t thought of: fragrance would always be ‘on’ and that might get a little old. It does seems like a good idea for fall and the nesting instinct, woodsy or citrusy. We love the ambience candles create, truly makes an evening much more enjoyable… Soy candles are very nice; I like the way they burn. I even bought some soy waxed paper today! Again, thank you for your kind note… — Jan

    • Just keep in mind that SOY in the USA is 93% genetically modified an PAraffin is a petroleum byproduct

  2. Mandy Nix

    Hi Jan, Thanks for the kind words about Wax Pottery. I am the designer of Wax Pottery Vessels and Spheres for Habersham Candle Company. We make our Wax Pottery by Hand with a group of talented artisans placing the design materials and pouring the wax mixtures. Yes fragrance is ever present with our products, but we take great care in choosing very safe and very pleasant fragrances. We have just added a selection of Soy Wax candles to match our Pottery as well. We like to consider fragrance layering… Vessels and Spheres for static all day fragrance and then for a burst of ambience, light the matching candle. Kind of like using soap, lotion, cologne or purfume for the ultimate experience. We currently only wholesale our product, but you can purchase from many vendors on line or ask your favorite gift store if they would consider carrying our line… HabershamCandle.Com I would love to hear what fragrance you choose. Mandy

    • Jan

      Hi, Mandy, and thank you for writing. What a wonderful line of products! It sounds like you have a lovely job and work with a very creative team. I like both spheres and bowls and it would be very hard to choose a favorite amongst them. Because I live right up against a forest, I enjoy the scents associated with the outdoors, yet also the homey scents from the kitchen. It would be so tough to decide that I’d probably get a little of both. I will say, the Fig and Melon sounds luscious! I’ve never heard of the concept of fragrance layering, but I find it fascinating… Good luck with your new line of soy wax candles and thank you again for writing. — Jan

  3. Lydia McHenry

    Dear Jan:
    Is there an artisan who can teach me how to make fragrant wax pottery? I just bought several and have several more in my home from a year ago. I love them and want so much to make them. The are works of art.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.
    Lydia McHenry

    • I recently have made 4 wax bowls. I was so pleased with the appearance and the scents. Unfortunately the only recipe I could find was one on a u tube video with Martha Stewart. I say unfortunately due to I was placing them in a local beauty shop. They had stands etc. during her days closed the heat in her building caused them to collapse I found out today. I hope someone will post a recipe that will hold up. this one used parraffin wax,beeswax and vybar with added scents and colors.

  4. Rose

    Hi Lydia,
    I also have a huge interest in making the wax spheres , I have purchased several also, did you ever learn how to make them?

    • Jan

      Hi, Rose, and thanks for writing. While I have yet to make wax pottery so far, I’ve found some sites that I think will help me when I do. You might like them, too! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCRmupC1VVg — I cannot vouch for the quality of the materials she uses, but it shows you how to do it. Here is a video that included coloration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZYCopZnOxo Here’s one that addresses shape. It’s a video about candles but I can use this info to create the shape: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atUhusTFeT0 I am someone who wants the scents I’m around to be healthy, so I’ll do quite a bit of research before I choose a source for the scents I want to use. Also, though none of these videos talk about adding herbs, flowers or potpourri, that is something I want to experiment with, too. Good luck and tell me how it goes for you! — Jan

      • Rose

        Hi Jan,
        Thank you so much for the information you posted. I’m more interested in the shape of the wax pottery sphere. I don’t know if the Habersham Co. Used a mold or not. Their product isn’t smooth and doesn’t appear to have had a seam. -Rose

  5. I was looking for a hobby, someone gave my daughter one of the scented bowls, I was hooked on trying to find how to. Thanks for the web sights, I am going to try an do this, THANKS. Samanthia

  6. Judy Lawson

    I saw these delightful wax bowls. It caught my interest on how to make them. Love the scents, and designs. Judy

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