Yep, we can honestly say we LOVE terra-cotta garden planters! When Arizona Pottery first started that is all we sold. Nothing but real clay garden pottery and some accessories. They were and still are the basis of our business. You may ask yourself why do we love terracotta planters so much? Well, let us explain.
Plant Health - Terracotta breathes. This means the clay, which is real and harvested out of the ground is not so compact that it lets air thru it. This also means water will saturate the pot and seep. A plants roots like good air circulation and clay flowerpots are know for being healthy. Once you use real clay you will find that your houseplants will perform better.
Watering - Since a clay pot is porous it will keep water from sitting in the bottom of the pot, soaking the roots and possibly drowning them. The water will seep into the clay and dissipate. Unfortunately if you have chemicals in the soil or water they will show up on the sides of the pot as a white calcium line.
Beauty - Because real terracotta pottery is porous it will start to age and show it's wear. Many folks really like this and will even take steps to age their clay containers by applying yogurt or milk to the outside of the clay pot. Everyone has a different idea of what beauty is but we love the aged, rustic look of terra-cotta pots and planters.
Selection - Arizona Pottery imports real clay flower pots from Italy, China, Mexico and Vietnam. Each factory uses their own clay mix or will harvest the clay out of the ground using their own firing process. Some clays are smooth and silky like the Italian, while the Mexican clay is dark and very porous. So porous and heavy that it will start to break down the first year of use. We love the old traditional styles of Rolled Rim Garden Planters as well some of the newer more contemporary styles. There is always something to choose from.
Many Uses - Yes real clay garden pottery will break but that doesn't mean you should toss them. You can re-purpose them into pot shards to fill the bottom of your larger containers. The terracotta shards will shield the drain hole and keep soil from plugging it up. You can stack large pieces into pots and create a fairy garden or elf shelf. Don't toss those broken pieces.... think outside the box and have fun with them.
So those are a few of the reasons why we love our terracotta home and garden planters so much. If you wish to share your thoughts we would love to hear them.
The definition of the word terracotta is - FIRED CLAY, brownish red in color when un-glazed, that is used for architectural ornaments, facings, pottery and as a material for sculpture.
Arizona Pottery imports terracotta pottery from Italy, China, Mexico & Thailand. There are few if any American manufacturers left. Each country has it own way of harvesting clay that is used in the forming process. And, each factory has it own way of firing the pots in a kiln.
Our Italian pottery is well known in the pottery industry for having a nice smooth feel to the touch. The sun baked color is even toned and stunning. Each pot is close to identical and the manufacturing process is unsurpassed. These pots are hard packed which makes them less porous and therefore more durable. Because of the compacting process they will absorb less water and no breakdown as fasts as other clay's. They are considered a low fired product.
Terracotta pottery is meant to breathe. This is a definite advantage when ti comes to the health of the plants root system. Since it is porous, any water you apply to the potted soil will be absorbed into the clay. That is why you may end up with lines around the planters body. These are caused from the water applied, any chemicals in the water and calcium build up that comes from the clay.
Once a pot is used it will bread down naturally over time. We sell a pottery sealer that helps to prolong the life of the clay pot. All low fired clay flowerpots & planters will break down over time. This is a good thing!
If you want to keep your garden pottery looking as new as the day it was purchased we suggest you choose a pot made of a more durable product. Concrete, Poly Resin, Metal, Glazed ......
Interestingly, many manufacturers are using a powder clay mix to form their planters out of. The Italian pottery we sell does not. It still harvests the clay out of the ground, very real, beautiful & old school.So keep this in mind when comparing Italian garden pottery to other imports.
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.