Artisanal Italian hand crafted terracotta


The fine art of hand crafted terracotta has a rich history of traditionally producing all sorts of products of pure river clay. The tradition goes back centuries; most of our 'fornaces' are descendants of the first terracotta producing families in Italy. 

Nowadays, our producers have perfected the traditional ways of production and have expanded the production of pottery, which dates back to early medieval times, to the production of building materials and wall and floor tiling. A wide variety in tiling of formats, finishes and colours are available, glazed or unglazed.

Floor tiling finishes are applicated in relation to their inside or outside use and are available in the traditional colors 'giallo' (yellow) and 'rosato' (red) and all modern colors amongst which also black and white.

Wall tiling decorations are also available as replicates of ancient (Mediterranean) wall tiling but more contemporary designs and mosaics are also available.





 History

Starting off with the production of terracotta barrels for the storage of olive oil and pots to grow olive trees and in order to meet the growing demand for olive oil, our terracotta producing families have followed and perfected the ancient traditions of the production of handcrafted terracotta. 

In early medieval times, the expensive olive oil was a luxury need of the royal and religious powers. Monasteries and kings, competing for worldly power and surrounding themselves with the best riches of the earth such as the now famous Italian olive oil, found another way to enhance their power: richly decorated buildings.

A new opportunity for the pottery producing families arose and they expanded their businesses to the production of building materials such as roof  and floor tiles and other building materials. 

Along the lines of the ways of producing pottery, our fornaces today have developed their production methods into an artisanal form of art of a kind  our industrialized society has not seen for long.





The basis of the hand crafted terracotta product is wood-fired clay from our kilns's own quarries. The clay is shaped by hand or moulded into wooden or stone moulds and decorated by hand. Having dried for a couple of days the product is cooked in wood fired ovens at 1200° C.  

The striking shade variations that are typical for terracotta is due to the stacking of the tiles and pottery; the lower parts of the oven where the fire touches the product, are hotter than the upper parts and contain less oxygen, which has a lasting and beautifying effect on the terracotta product. 

As a result of the hand made processing, the terracotta tile has rounded corners and light colour nuances as a result of manual enamelling, so that any original design is possible. Glazed terracotta is still being produced using traditional techniques and is therefore very elegantly applicable for classic, modern or rustic applications, enhancing the spaciousness and brightness of the room.