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Decorated Flowerpots

Decorated Flowerpots


October 17, 2012

The Decorated Flowerpots of Brooklyn

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Decorated planter, 1601 81st Street, Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, 2012.

Looking (again) at a little known Italian-American folk art.

June 23, 2013

Mapping Flowerpots

Joseph Sciorra

Pinpointing a New York City folk art.

June 20, 2013

Mosaic Flowerpots on Film

Joseph Sciorra
Decorated flowerpots from the 1971 film "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight."

A 1971 movie reveals the mother lode of Brooklyn planters.

June 14, 2013

Variations on a Theme

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Decorated planter, 1471 East 31st Street, Flatlands, Brooklyn.

Pattern in the Material Folk Culture of Brooklyn’s Decorated Planters

May 24, 2013

Flatlands Flowerpot Find

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
1293 and 1297 East 52nd Street, off Avenue J, Flatlands, Brooklyn.

More on the continuing saga of the mysterious planters.

May 22, 2013

Decorated Planters on Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Planter at 1141 Ralph Avenue, Flatlands, Brooklyn, 2013.

A new cache of beach pebble flowerpots in East Flatbush.

May 10, 2013

Operation Rescue Flowerpot

Joseph Sciorra
Joseph Sciorra
Decorated flowerpot at 1466 80th Street, Dyker Heights, Brooklyn.

Historic Preservation, Italian-American Style

March 9, 2015

Andrea Cuomo, Immigrant Pebble Artisan

Joseph Sciorra
A still from "Castle," Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2014 election campaign ad.

My on-going research on the Italian-American art of pebble decoration leads me to the father and grandfather of two New York State governors.

January 8, 2017

Giovanni Crozzoli, Pebble Flowerpot Artisan

Joseph Sciorra
Courtesy of Joseph “Chris” Crozzoli
Giovanni Crozzoli making pebble-decorated flowerpots in College Point, Queens, sometime in the late 1920s or early 1930s.

The ongoing search to document New York City's pebble-decorated flowerpots.