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Give Terracotta Pottery A Second Look



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Arizona Pottery has been in the pottery industry since 2000.  We have seen and continue to see all kinds of trends come and go when it comes to choices of garden planters.  Fiberglass, Poly Resin, High Fired, Low Fired, Concrete, Black Clay, Terracotta the list goes on and on.

Why did we start with red terracotta and it continues to be our best seller?  Because it is timeless.  Terra cotta pots have been around for ages and they tend to come and go in popularity but in this post, we want to discuss some of the pros and cons.

When it comes to cons when using terra cotta flowerpots and garden planters the list is pretty short.
* Dry out quickly.
* Breakdown over time.
* Become heavy once planted.
* Discolor over time
* Plain and boring

So letís look at a few pros on why they are basically timeless and still popular.

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HEALTH
Healthy for a plantís, roots Ė Did you know that terra cotta clay breathes?  Yes, it is very healthy for all plants root systems.  Because the clay ďbreathesĒ it will also show the chemicals that are in your potting mix or fertilizer.  Every time you water the potted plant, the water soaks into the clay, eventually seeping out, the clay will start to show a calcium build up or white lines and markings.  This is loved and appreciated by many terracotta owners.  So much so that they try to age their planters by applying milk to the outside so that moss will grow and the pot will look aged faster than the natural process.

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WEIGHT
Terracotta planters are not known for being the heaviest garden containers around but once they are filled with damp potting mix, they can become quite heavy. This is great if you are planting a tree or shrub and the yard pot is placed in a spot where it will receive some wind.  Lightweight or Fiberglass containers will blow over very easily.  If you need added weight you can always put a brick or rocks in the bottom of the planter before adding the potting mix. Just make sure you have it placed where you want it since you wonít be able to move it easily.

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DISCOLORATION
One of the worse and most popular reasons for using terracotta is the aging process that naturally occurs.  Like we stated above green thumb gardeners wonít use anything else and rejoice in the aging process.  It is a sign of beauty and age that can hardly be duplicated.  If you are the type who likes their containers to look brand new then Terracotta is not the planter for you.

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PLAIN/BORING
Yes, terracotta is ageless and is seen everywhere.  Maybe you need something different a bit more modern or contemporary.  Terra cotta pottery is considered traditional, timeless and naturalistic, all good things but maybe not your thing.  That is fine.  If you like the look of clay but not clay itself there are resin pots that are textured and come in the terracotta color that will stand up to an explosion.  Unless someone walks up and knocks on the planter they will not know itís not the real clay of terracotta.

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So, these are the best pros and cons that we can think of today.  How about you?  What do you like or not like about Terracotta garden planters and containers.

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Post Last Updated: 2/19/2019 3:10:51 PM 

Why We Love Terracotta Pottery



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Post Last Updated: 1/30/2018 9:36:14 AM 

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2/22/2018 12:52:02 PM 
Arizona Pottery 2/22/2018 12:52:02 PM 
Hi Elaine, Once you get those calcium and salt deposits on the outside of the garden planters it's next to impossible to get them off. It's best to seal the pots before you use them with Thompsons water seal from Home Depot. You need to keep the chemicals in the potting soil and the fertilizer and water from leaching into the clay.

Elaine stamate 2/10/2018 2:05:24 PM 
What treatment or type of oil do I put on the outside of my pots as they have water marks I do not like. I know there are many home remedies for it but canít find out what. Thanks


Talking Terracotta Garden Pots!



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ......

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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.

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Post Last Updated: 1/11/2017 2:16:52 PM 

Talking Terracotta!



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.

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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.

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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.

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