All of our terracotta pieces are crafted by hand in Italy. The methods, skills and artistry are the same as have been used for hundreds of years. Our craftsmen work through a five-year apprenticeship to acquire the traditional skills required. The production process takes up to six weeks of continuous care and attention, resulting in beautiful pieces that you will admire and appreciate every time you look at them.
To begin, we blend pure Tuscan clays to achieve the perfect pale color and classic weathered texture using natural elements. The clay is hand pressed into gesso molds where the pot will remain until it can stand without support. This initial process alone takes up to two weeks.
We then remove the mold and allow the pot to slowly air dry for a further four weeks, using residual heat from the kilns that is funneled into the drying room. Drying is arguably the most critical stage of the process. During this period the pots are turned regularly to ensure even drying. This is a delicate process and takes at least three people depending on the size of the pot. As the pieces dry the color will begin to take on a pink hue.
When completely dry, the pots are individually stacked on fire bricks within the modern gas fired kiln. The firing time is 36 hours with temperatures reaching 1100°C/roughly 2000F.
Once cooled, each piece is carefully wrapped, packed and crated for transportation.
Finally, they will be delivered to you by one of our tried and tested carriers.
- Grayson Perry