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Oakland

Orta Kitchen Garden

Orta makes terracotta self-watering planters designed to make seed starting easier and more successful. You fill the reservoir once a week, and your baby plants get all the moisture they need.

We’re also on a mission to make the world a greener place, both by helping people grow more plants, and by making our operations as environmentally friendly as possible.

The Makers and their Production Spaces
All Orta pots are made in our Berkeley studio by a team of two people, the business owner plus one employee.

The Making Process
Orta pots are made from terracotta clay using traditional slip-casting methods. Slip (liquid clay) is poured into plaster molds and then poured out again to create a hollow form whose exterior matches the interior of the mold.

After casting, the pots are finished by hand. While they’re still damp, we smooth the surface with knives and sponges. Once dry, the pots are coated in our proprietary glazes, formulated to function in a single, low firing (to save energy) and to be applied by dipping rather than spraying (to keep particulates out of the air).

The Production Model
We use a slow and steady production method. Ceramics do best with consistency in everything: temperature, cycle times, batch sizes, etc. We produce at about the same rate every day, year round, building inventory in our slow season, and selling it in our busy times.

The Materials
Everywhere possible, we use non-toxic ingredients. Early on, we developed a clay recipe that eliminates the toxic barium carbonate (commonly used as rat poison) that is in most commercial formulations.

Our glazes are lead-free. They also primarily use encapsulated stains which make them especially inert and safe when used at our low firing temperatures.

We also use 100% plastic-free packaging, including all our shipping padding.

Oakland

Timepieces

Bespoke Watch Projects

San Francisco

Clothing

Camelia Skikos

Berkeley

Clothing

Harvest & Mill

Oakland

Clothing

Lacson Ravello

Oakland

Garden

Orta Kitchen Garden

San Francisco

Jewelry

Stella Fluorescent

San Francisco

Jewelry

Anna Monet Jewelry

Oakland

Furniture

Jason Lees Design

San Francisco

Furniture

Galanter & Jones

Oakland

Furniture

Model No.

Crockett

Furniture & Objects

OJA

San Francisco

Furniture

Otelier

San Francisco

Furniture

Fyrn

Oakland

Art, Décor, Lighting

Elliptic Designs

San Leandro

Lighting

Gantri

Marin

Ceramics

Skinny Ceramics

San Francisco, Sausalito

Ceramics

Heath Ceramics

San Francisco

Ceramics

Len Carella

Vallejo

Bags & Home Goods

Oxgut Hose Co.

San Francisco

Culinary Totes

Aplat

Marin

Dressings

Farmhouse Lab

West Oakland

Body & Bath

Juniper Ridge

San Francisco

Body & Bath

Heliotrope San Francisco

San Leandro

Concrete Design & Fabrication

MANOS by Concreteworks

Sausalito

Skincare

Botnia Skincare

San Leandro

Precision Automated Fabrication

Automatic Arts

Alameda

Distilled Spirits

St. George Spirits

San Francisco

Ceramics

MMclay

San Francisco

Ceramics

Lisa Fleming Ceramics

San Anselmo

Clothing & Accessories

Entrelanas Designs

Vallejo

Clothing

Aliya Wanek

Oakland

Clothing & Accessories

Honor Road

Berkeley

Home Accessories

Woven Grey

Oakland

Furniture & Objects

Yvonne Mouser

San Francisco

Letterpress

Arion Press

Oakland

Quilts

Construction Lines

Palo Alto

Clothing

Heliades

Sausalito

Art & Ceramics

TKID

Brisbane

Aprons & Accessories

Stagger Lee Goods

San Francisco

Eyewear

Topology Eyewear

Oakland

Baked Goods

Wooden Table Baking Co

Oakland

Jewelry & Accessories

YMSF

San Francisco

Beer

Fort Point Beer Co.

Oakland

Clothing

Kali Made Garments