how to cut terracotta pots

how to cut terracotta pots

Gardening: How to Cut Terracotta Pots

It can often be difficult to know how to cut terracotta pots and other large ceramic containers without damaging the item or yourself. Here’s an easy guide on how to safely cut terracotta pots.

Things You’ll Need

  • Terracotta pot
  • Plastic sheet or tarp
  • Protective eyewear and gloves
  • Hacksaw or angle grinder
  • Masonry drill for pipes

Step 1: Preparation

First, lay down a plastic sheet or tarp to catch any fragments. Put on your safety glasses and gloves.

Step 2: Cut with the Right Tool

Choose the right tool for your needs. If you are cutting only half way through the pot (not all the way through), a hacksaw is a good choice. If you need to break the pot all the way through or cut multiple sides, an angle grinder is better. For pipes or tubes, use a masonry drill bit.

Step 3: Make the Cut

  • If using a hacksaw or angle grinder, line up your mark carefully. If the mark isn’t centered, your cut may be uneven.
  • If using an angle grinder, start gently and gradually push the grinder into the pot.
  • Be sure to keep the grinder as vertical as possible to prevent cracking.
  • For pipes or tubes, drill at least 1/4 inch from the edges.

Step 4: Clear Any Fragments

Clear any fragments that may have fallen on the tarp. Dispose or store properly.

Following these steps will help you successfully cut terracotta pots. Remember to always wear safety glasses and gloves when cutting or drilling ceramics.