I'm Leah, founder of Fused Earth, potter, and plant lover. I make all of our ceramic planters in our Ontario, Canada studio.
At Fused Earth, we love plants, but we had more than a few plant skeletons in our closets. With soil, we were either watering too much, or not enough. Pests moved in that seemed impossible to get rid of, and we were constantly wiping up muddy water from overflowing saucers.
Having plants is supposed to lift your spirits and create a sense of peace in your home. There was nothing peaceful about how we felt every time we looked at our slowly dying, high-maintenance plants.
We started looking for a better way and found hydroponics. It seemed complicated and technical, but worth a shot.
The only products on the market at the time were made of plastic, which is decidedly not the aesthetic we wanted in our homes. Leah got to work designing custom pottery planters that would look fantastic in our living rooms, but that would also be easy to maintain and clean.
After years of testing every plant we could get our hands on, we were in love with growing this way.
Plants took to it naturally and no longer suffered from our erratic watering schedule or the occasional neglect while we were busy or on vacation. Our growing collection continued to grow happy and healthy, and we were spending much less time on maintenance and cleaning. Win-win!