Gardening and home improvement have always been healthy pastimes for many. With the current call to stay at home and the blockages, many more people have turned to this creative hobby for good reason. The Pot Story was launched late last year to cater to this demanding customer segment primarily as an online concept.
Following its social media success in the early stages, this lifestyle brand retailer has now launched its thepotstory.lk website where customers can browse over 250 products and place their orders online. Exquisite pots and planters in terracotta, cement, cane, wrought iron and even pine wood are available.
They are categorized in form or material for easy website navigation. Hand painted pots are the signature line offered by The Pot Story. In addition to his usual one-color pots, customers can select any of his exclusive designs and even discuss a color combination of their choice. The recent introduction of the ‘Rustic Collection’ is an exciting addition to its line of hand painted pots. This range is inspired by Mediterranean designs and colors.
They also have some interesting items like wall paintings, garden pebbles, cement patio furniture, and some very rare sculpture items to spruce up your home and garden. The Pot Story also offers Hydroton Clay Balls which have been scientifically tested and proven to retain moisture content so you don’t have to water your plants daily if these attractive clay balls are distributed around the plant.
The founder of The Pot Story, Priyanga Hapugalle, said it is an eco-friendly company and the product portfolio does not include any plastic or similar products. âWe are also happy that all of our products come from artisans across the country who now have a showcase for their products. He also said that most of these suppliers come from generations known for their profession.
Terracotta products in particular are exquisite productions and are highly dependent on the hands of skilled craftsmen. This in itself is the very value of these products which can take up to three months to produce.
It’s a tedious process of shaping, baking and then drying as the main steps. There are a few variations within this range based on the handcrafted designs and even the special paint that can be used. Then there is the rustic finish which gives these jars a vintage look and feel. They are more expensive because the process requires exposure to natural conditions over a period of time.
âAt a time like this, we are extremely proud to be able to support these neglected artisans in even remote areas of the country and add value to their products. We work closely with them and share some of the contemporary designs from the production that will eventually become custom products for The Pot Story. Some of these products are limited edition items because we want to keep some exclusivity and innovation in our range, âsaid Hapugalle.
âCustomers interact and place their orders through our social media channels as well as the website. All orders are processed within 2-3 days and The Pot Story offers the convenience of home delivery of orders through its own delivery service and team.
âWe do not rely on external delivery partners because some products are very fragile and require special packaging and transport. We are also very concerned about the health and safety of recipients during this pandemic and ensure an efficient end-to-end delivery process, âsaid Hapugalle.
Customers can also pick up from their store in Rajagiriya where most of the items are on display.
While there have been many requests for plants that complement its product line, The Pot Story does not currently offer such services. It should be the interesting part for the customer to mix, match and place their products with or without a plant using their own imagination. However, The Pot Story team is always on hand to share ideas and make recommendations. The Pot Story plans to work closely with architects and interior designers and even landscapers. âWe already supply a few hotels and commercial properties. Hapugalle said The Pot Story’s overall mission is to focus on the quality and range of its products.