The tradition of manually producing terracotta products goes back centuries; most of our 'fornaces' are descendants of the first terracotta producing families in the Impruneta region.
Starting off with the production of terracotta barrels for the storage of olive oil and pots to grow olive trees 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.
The expensive olive oil was requested by the royal and religious powers of those days: monasteries and kings, surrounding themselves with the best riches of the earth, competing for worldly power by means of richly decorated buildings; a new opportunity for the terracotta producing families, who started to dedicate their small furnaces to the production of building materials such as roof tiles and floor tiling.
In their quest for perfection, our fornaces are now replicating -in the same dedicated and passionate fashion their ancestors used to do- , not only a limited series of historic pottery as you can find on this website, but historic floors as well.
With its natural appearance, terracotta has a way of making you feel right at home in any environment. Modest and with its ever changing shade variations, the handmade terracotta product has honest, relaxing and even soothing features as it was made with passion, attention and dedication.
All our terracotta products are made by hand. The clay is shaped by hand (Impruneta) or moulded into wooden or stone moulds, left to dry for a couple of days and then cooked into 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.