Cracked finish pots are quickly becoming a favorite of bonsai enthusiast. A pot is shaped and then exterior is painted with a generous coat of sodium silicate. The silicate is then dried with a torch. Next, the pot is stretched into the final shape producing a cracked finish of the surface. The cracks are a finish only to the surface so the integrity of the pot is not compromised. Generally, cracked finished pots are left unglazed and a very attractive option for conifer trees.