Flower vases are usually made of plastic, metal or ceramic, and may be very simple vases or highly decorative with ornamentation worthy of an art gallery. Prices of vases vary to the same degree. You can find beautiful ceramic vases at budget prices in many stores, but similar vases made by a known artist or sold at luxury stores may cost hundreds (or thousands) of dollars.
Ceramic flower vases are usually glazed, which makes the ceramic smooth and shiny. You can also find unglazed vases that offer a more earthy, rustic appearance.
The decorative quality may be in the shape of the vase. The crafter may create a vase as a design, or the vase may be painted with designs. Other materials, such as metal, may also be attached to the vase in decorative ways.
Because of the variety of styles, you can use ceramic flower vases to enhance nearly any decor. A decorative ceramic flower vase, along with a brilliant bouquet, makes an excellent gift for many occasions, including birthdays, Valentine's Day, anniversaries and housewarmings.
These vases provide both function and beauty, and ceramic can maintain its beauty for a lifetime, provided that it is well-cared for. Unlike metal vases, ceramic does not tarnish, although it needs occasional cleaning to get rid of water deposits or mildew.
Care and Cleaning
Ceramic flower vases are breakable. Set these vases in an area where they are not likely to be knocked over. You should clean the vases after you've discarded the flowers. Clean the vase by submerging it briefly in warm, soapy water. Don't leave it in the water to soak, however. Rare Treasures advises against this because if the piece has any hairline cracks, the water will soak into them and make them worse.
Use a bottle brush to scrub the interior and a soft sponge to clean the exterior. Rinse it in warm water and place it on a towel to dry. Do not wash a ceramic vase in your dishwasher, unless you've checked with the manufacturer of the vase to ensure it is dishwasher-safe. The intense heat and the harsh cleaning chemicals of the dishwasher may damage a ceramic vase.
Flower shops, home décor stores, boutiques and many other stores sell decorative ceramic vases. You can also look online, but if you buy a vase online you may have to pay for shipping. If you buy the vase in person, check the piece for chips, scratches or other defects before you buy it. If purchasing online, make sure you check the store's policy about items damaged during shipping. You'll want to know you can return it for a refund if it arrives damaged.