22, Maese Luis Street.
We go down a few metres along Maese Luis Street, and almost at the end we stop at number 22, where we are received by María Luisa García, a potter who set up her workshop in this house at the end of last century with her husband Juan Antonio.
According to María Luisa, it is a house "full of history"; in fact, she preserves the first sale document from 1803. She tells that it seems to have belonged to the Duchess of Alcañices’s estate and in times of the Republic it was the headquarters of the newspaper "El Sur", whose director was a close friend of poet Federico García Lorca, with whom he enjoyed long talks in this courtyard.
Before entering, we could highlight the red colour of its façade, with limestone lintels and balconies full of geraniums. We enter the courtyard through an artistic forge gate from the 19th century, according to our host, which leads us to an entrance portico. Over this portico there is an upper gallery supported by grooved columns with their corresponding capitals, all of them made in dark green cast iron, as well as some of its doors and windows.
Over the gallery we can see a turret with round windows and blue latticework. In the past it was used to store grains and dry food. The brown flooring is made of hydraulic pavement, also from the 19th century. María Luisa tells us that "when that turret is full of purple geraniums, in contrast with the indigo of the latticework, it becomes one of the most beautiful places in the house”.
We can distinguish plenty of plants around the Courtyard on Maese Luis Street, even the front glass cabinet is full of brown pots with a great variety of colours, where we can highlight the great rubber plant in the middle, and also the jasmine, aralias, begonias, ferns, geraniums, hydrangeas and papyrus, among others. María Luisa tells us that every year she designs on paper the future display of flowers, playing with the colous and species, which is hard work but satisfying, undoubtedly.
We are also attracted by the long pots, not very frequent in the rest of the courtyards, which have very lush plants, and which we can see in the lower part of the wall and surrounding a tile representing "San Francisco con el Niño Jesús" (Saint Francis with Baby Jesus).
It has been awarded numerous prizes along the years, among which we can highlight the first prize in 2011, the third prizes in 2012 and 2013, or the honorable mention in 2005.
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