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The good earth

Check out Potz and Plantz if you're looking to add style and pizzazz to your home and garden


EARTHEN WARE is back and with a bang. True, the days of fish curry being cooked in mud pots and served with wooden ladles are over but the city's artists are now going about making the pot trendier.

Thanks to the boutique Potz and Plantz, Mangaloreans can let fly their imagination in blending earthen pots in their garden.

Lush environs


Situated in lush, green environs along the bustling National Highway 17 just opposite the Karnataka Bank Corporate office at Mahaveera Circle (Pumpwell Circle), Potz and Plantz is a different kind of boutique. It houses a nursery and the pot shop, and also sells accessories like bird baths, lotus ponds, indoor pots and a number of earthen pots with a bronze finish, which give your living room an Aztec look.

Pointing at a pair of wide-mouthed pots, Dora, the proprietor of Potz and Plantz, says pots have different uses. They can be used to grow plants and there are pots to even grow water lilies or lotuses to liven up the living room. At another corner of her tastefully decorated boutique, Dora shows a glass vessel having crystal clear water with a few colourful pebbles and a twig of money plant trying to climb out.

For the corners in the house, Dora prefers tall, large pots that have a natural brick red colour and can suit any interior, be it modern concrete houses or Mangalore tiled houses. They look even better in courtyards under the shade of bamboos or an evergreen climber with lots and lots of leaves.


Dora has also experimented new ways of growing climbers. With the help of just a coir rope tied to a piece of old fishing net, a climber has spread all over the roof of the boutique giving the place a distinctive look. Such add-ons are not common and she says she has many ways of making an ordinary house look much better in simple ways using climbers and plants.

Singular look

Some of the exquisite pots have been sourced from Andhra Pradesh, especially those with a bronze finish. There is also a special pedestal for placing such pots in the living room or even in a garden to give that singular look to the garden. Dora, who is keen on the right use of water in the garden, says with small quantities of water, an entire range of special effects can be created in and around the house. And with extra embellishments like a birdbath and a lotus tank, nature could be invited right into your house. All it takes is a little perseverance and hard work.

M. RAGHURAM

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