My Mom adores this piece, so I gave it to her. The braids of the clay, are exactly that... braided. Super hard to do, since the clay kept drying. But I was able to pull it off! The vase does hold water, but she has fake flowers in it right now. I made the colors so antique, wanted it to really stick out! Enjoy.
Sorry about the links, I can post real pictures after 10posts of my own. Lol. That will be soon for sure!