Handmade Italian terracotta
TERRACOTTA TOOLBOX FOR ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS
We represent more than 20 carefully selected producers and exclusively import the unique, manually produced Italian terracotta from our producers. We focus on quality, sustainability and an eye for detail. Design, color nuance, mixing intensity and clay type determine the unique signature of each of our producers.
From Turin to Sicily, products of different types of clay, colours, shapes and finishes are available so that we can also meet your specific requirements.
Hand made terracotta: warm and welcoming
Terracotta with its shadowy glow provides a warm and welcoming appearance. It can be applied in interior as well as exterior designs.
The production of handmade terracotta is labour intensive. Our producers use sand from their own quarries and mix it with water into clay. Subsequently, they form the clay using wooden or stone moulds. After the decoration is applied by hand (as is the case with our pottery) the products are then cooked in the oven. A good number of our producers still use a traditional wood fired oven.
Tiles can be placed in various patterns to enhance the visual effect to create a more spacious look. As a result of the typical nuances of wood-baking and uneven surface of the tile, floors of terracotta have a natural appearance and are pleasant to touch.
Focussing on your requirements
We find it important to meet project deadlines. Therefore, we intensively focus on our customers’ requirements. In designing prestigious projects, these can often be very specific. Think along the lines of specific colour shades and deviating dimensions in preserving the authentic architectural structure of a historic building.
Assessment of the load-bearing capability, custom made moulds, the application of specific impregnation techniqes and the right grout are some of the means that can be applied for specific projects. Continuously our producers test the quality, (non) water absorption and frost resistancy of their products.
The design dictates the use of hand or machine made terracotta. Several colours, finishes and dimensions are available in both.
Key steps in our project handling:
- Exploratory visits to identify and assess terracotta floors and building materials in terms of originality, quality, production method(s) and standardization requirements;
- continuous production process monitoring, i.e. colour and colour stability, finish, slip resistancy, frost resistancy and impregnation;
- maintaining the traditional ways of producing terracotta and achieving the desired result at the same time;
- simplifying the course of the project by maintaining efficient and effective communication with our client.
The production of terracotta, Januari 2013
When it comes to terracotta, we are on top
Our Italian producers have perfected the traditional ways of producing terracotta that date back to early medieval times.
We are dedicated to contributing in the architectural and designing process by presentation of our designs, applications and samples.
Certification and information on installation and maintenance of our products are part of our delivery criteria.