Let's take a few minutes and share some facts about terra-cotta. Which happens to be our number one selling garden pottery. Everyone loves clay flowerpots not only because of the way they look but because of the way they perform. Read more.....
Does you family have a garden? Or, do you have friends or family members who like to put potted plants on their front porch, patio or around the yard? If so, chances are you already know what terracotta, (terra-cotta, terra cotta) is.
Terracotta is a clay like earthenware that can be either glazed or unglazed. In addition to being used for flower pots, terracotta is also used for water and sewer pipes, bricks, roof tiles or sculptures.
The word terracotta comes from the Italian words for "baked earth". Since terracotta pottery is made by baking terracotta clay, that only make sense! Terracotta is often used as a word to describe a color. Many times "terracotta" is used to describe a natural brownish orange color.
Terracotta can be easily sculpted into all sorts of shapes. To harden terracotta, it must be heated to between 1,000 to 2000 F. Once it hardens it is still a bit porous, which means it can be penetrated by water. This makes the plants root systems can breathe while being planted in a terracotta clay flowerpot. However, a simple coat of glaze can make a terracotta garden planter water tight.
Terracotta has been around for a long time. It was the only clay product used until around the 14th century. Archeologists have found terracotta that is approx 5,000 years old.
We have a wonderful selection of terracotta garden containers. Most from Italy but others from Mexico, China or Vietnam. These are the back bone of our pottery line because of their beauty and workmanship.