Wakefield garden pottery knock off

Are you familiar with Wakefield garden pottery? It’s beautiful handmade pottery, and I have coveted it for a long time. The gardening pots are in high demand and bring along with them a comparable price tag, which inspired me to create a Wakefield garden pottery knock off.

Wakefield garden pottery knock off

I have a few pieces I splurged on, but I wanted a collected cluster so I created some of my own. I love all the detail and relief in the Wakefield planters, and I tried to achieve a similar look.

Wakefield garden pottery knock off

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about Wakefield handmade garden pottery

Each piece of Wakefield Handmade pottery is hand thrown by Peter Wakefield Jackson on the potter’s wheel, in his Rockdale, Wisconsin studio. Each piece is beautiful, including the designs, finishes and overall aesthetic. (Below are the Wakefield pots I own.)

Wakefield pottery

In the 1990s he partnered with Guy Wolff (another garden pottery line I love) to meet the high demand for his white clay which was discovered by the likes of Martha Stewart and Smith & Hawken. In the 2000s it brought him to work with Napa Home & Garden to market his pottery.

Wakefield garden pottery knock off

At Whim House, where I worked for 5 years, we carried Napa Home & Garden products, which included a season we carried the Wakefield pottery. I took the opportunity to add a couple of pieces to my collection then.

what you need to make the Wakefield garden pottery knock off


  • Assorted Terra Cotta Pots (garden supply | hardware store)
  • Wood Bead Halves (craft | hobby store)
  • Wood Appliques (craft | hobby store)
  • Metal Ribbon (Dollar Tree)
  • Old White Chalk Paint (Annie Sloan)
  • Dark Wax (Annie Sloan)
Wakefield garden pottery knock off


  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Paint Brush
  • Wax Brush
  • Crafting Tweezers
Wakefield garden pottery knock off tutorial

how to make the Wakefield garden pottery knock off

This knock off is not the same as the beautiful handmade pottery, but it gives the same “feel” without the price tag. Don’t get me wrong, I would add more original Wakefield posts to my repertoire in a heart beat, but for the moment I will enjoy these beauties for a fraction of the cost.

Wakefield garden pottery knock off


  • Assemble products & match accent pieces ( 1/2 beads, appliqués, etc.) with pot size
  • Hot glue accent pieces to pot in desired location (on rim, underneath rim, etc.)
  • Once glue is dry, clean glue strings with tweezer
  • Paint planter with two coats of paint allowing plenty of drying time in between coats
Wakefield garden pottery knock off
  • Use dark wax around all the relief to create depth and contrast
  • Wipe away any excess wax
wax distressing
  • Once everything has cured well together, add plants and enjoy
Wakefield garden pottery knock off

tips on making the Wakefield garden pottery knock off

I would glue the accents pieces on the pots after applying the first coat of paint. This will avoid the process of getting between all the nooks and cranies with the paint brush. The first coat of paint will provide the base layer, followed by glueing the accent pieces. The 2nd layer of paint will connect everything together.

Wakefield garden pottery knock off

I glued my accent pieces onto the terra cotta pots directly before painting. They adhered super strong, which is good. I discovered this when I tried to reposition a bead and it was impossible to remove the bead. Like I said, this is good. That being said, I don’t know if the seal would be as strong if there’s a layer of paint as suggested above. Just keep this in mind when deciding on your process. You might want to test it out first. I am sharing this in retrospect after being done with the project.

Wakefield garden pottery knock off

I always allow the coats of paint to dry over night or at least for 4-6 hours between coats if possible. Allowing plenty of drying time between coats allows the paint to cure properly.

Wakefield garden pottery knock off

The pots I used are between 3-inches to 6-inches in diameter at the top. I also used different profiles for added interest, meaning some pots are short and wide while others are taller and slender. The different profiles, coupled with the varied accents, creates different looks and designs. Although the planters are all different in that sense, by using the same altering techniques it brings them together as a cohesive family.

Wakefield garden pottery knock off

more planter inspiration

This is my collection of planters with the same whitewashed distressed finish. I have some shabby chic urns from my professional days @ Norcal Pottery plus the large Wakefield planter, from a splurge while celebrating our 25th anniversary in Half Moon Bay, CA. Now I have added my Wakefield knock offs to the collection.

white distressed pottery

If you like summer container gardening and | or houseplants, I hope this inspires you to create some of your own unique planters. It’s actually extremely gratifying. Here are some other ideas that might speak to you.

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get some garden pottery inspiration

Use plants to bring life.” 

Douglas Wilson

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  1. How pretty!! You did a beautiful job of re-creating those amazing pots. They look so lovely with the greenery inside!

    1. Thanks sweet friend. I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile & I’m happy how they turned out. Should be seeing them around here quite a bit. 🙂 XO- MJ

  2. I love those MaryJo! SO creative of you, and the history is fun! Thanks for sharing your process!

  3. Donna says:

    Hi MaryJo! I have not heard of this line of pottery but the pieces you own are gorgeous! And I think the pieces you made look fabulous! Pinning this so I can make some of these pretty pots next spring!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks so much Donna. I’m so happy they inspired you. That’s always one of my goals for my readers. Have a great day. XO- MJ

  4. These are gorgeous MaryJo!

    1. Thanks Tanya. I’m so happy you like them. XO- MJ

  5. Cara says:

    Back in the day, I used to paint terra cotta pots, and loved it, but I am loving yours so much more MaryJo! All of the details, and nooks and crannies, and happy metal ribbon all add up to fabulous pots! I have some metal I have been holding on to, maybe I should just do it, and use it. I do this, I save it, and then it never gets used! Love, love, love MaryJo!

    1. Thanks so much Cara. Yeah that metal ribbon form the Dollar Tree was a great find. I bought two sets, not knowing for what but I knew I’d find a project. It’s easy to use and I have other ideas. I wish I had bought more. It’s currently sold out. Hopefully they’ll bring it back. Let me know if you make some. I’d love to see. XO- MJ

  6. NikiLEOwife says:

    What an amazing dupe! I have got to find that metal trim from Dollar Tree. I’ll be featuring your post on tomorrow’s Crafty Creators. Thanks for sharing!
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

    1. Thanks so much Niki! I know, they are sold out! I keep checking. Lol. Amazon does have it, it’s just not $1- I’ll see you tomorrow. XO- MJ

  7. You did a great job with these garden pottery. The one with the string of leaves is my favorite!

    1. Thanks so much! I’m so glad you liked them. XO- MJ

  8. Kerryanne says:

    MaryJo, this is a fabulous knock-off, lovely!
    Thank you for sharing your Wakefield garden pottery knock-off DIY at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring this post at tonight’s party and pinning too.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

    1. Thanks so much Kerryanne! XO- MJ

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