art of terracotta

The Art of Terracotta

The meaning of the word “terracotta” is “baked earth” and it is an Italian word. It is a glazed or unglazed fired clay which is noted for its versatility, cheapness, and durability. It is used especially for flower pots, sculptures, architectural purposes, etc. Terracotta was widely used in the ancient art, since 200 BC to be exact. It has revealed its presence during various excavations.

Terracotta incorporates the five vital elements: air, fire, earth, water, and ether. The mystic art of terracotta is popular and is an active source of inspiration and livelihood for people in many parts of the country.

The Making of Terracotta

The making of Terracotta requires a lot of patience and dedication. Our potters have proved themselves skillful with the making of terracotta. Making is a fascinating process, and it’s a traditional skill that’s passed down through generations. The imagination of the potter is conveyed into beautiful art pieces through this process.

The potter creates the desired ideas, shapes, and sizes using clay, his hands, and the potter’s wheel. Once done, the pieces are dried. These pieces are kept in a pit and fired thereafter, making it strong, hard, and giving the reddish color.

The porous terracotta pot after fired is glazed to make it watertight, making it suitable to carry liquid substances.

The Usage of Terracotta

Terracotta can be used to make a wide range of products such as vessels, roof tiles, and home decors like flower pots, lamps, and much more.

The non-glazed terracotta pots are best used as flower pots since they are porous. It has got the moisture that is sufficient to keep the roots cool. Planting in a non-glazed terracotta would be so much similar to when planted in the ground.

There is also an increased demand for terracotta jewellery. The hand-painted terracotta jewelleries of earrings, bangles, neck pieces, etc. are popular nowadays, which go well with semi-formal, Indian, and ethnic wears.

How to Care Terracotta?

The breakable terracotta products needed to be handled with care. They have the ability to survive almost all climatic conditions. A moist cloth can be used to clean the non-glazed pots and keep it in a dry place after cleaning.

Upcycling Terracotta

A broken terracotta also has its uses. Suppose if your terracotta pot cracks into pieces, it can be painted and reused somewhere in a garden according to your creativity.

Terracotta gets us closer to nature. Visit TerraCrafts in Cochin, where you will be able to come across an impressive range of unique utility and decorative terracotta products.