Living Quarters

My parents have a garden shed that holds all their gardening supplies (duh!), mowers, and general yard tools.  On the front of the shed above the door is a piece of artwork they bought at the Cracked Pots art show. 

What Is Cracked Pots?

Cracked Pots sprouted in 1998 in Portland, Oregon, from the fertile minds of garden designer Tess Beistel and artist Mary Lou Abeln.

We are deeply committed to reducing waste and shrinking landfills. We may be a bunch of crazy, mixed-up cracked pots, but we have a mission: Cracked Pots uses art to encourage our community to creatively look at trash. Reuse is at the heart of all we do. Think before you throw.

At our art shows, we showcase many Northwest artists who make provocative art from reused, recycled and reimagined materials.

Finding the good in garbage

We do this by:

  • Dreaming up events to inspire people to creatively use reclaimed material.
  • Diverting materials headed for local landfills to local artists, who make them into decorative and functional art.
  • Linking artists, businesses, the public, and environmental, educational and arts groups

This year a mother robin has built her nest in the center of this piece of artwork.  She’s doing a great job of sitting on her nest and keeping her eggs warm!  I can’t wait to see the babies when they hatch!

Mama Robin