Il Giardino dŽItalia
Terracotta from the Tuscany - the Garden of Italy
Basically there are two areas of Tuscany famous for the production of terracotta
products - the region around Sienna and the village of Impruneta in the hills of Chianti.
Both of these areas have been famous for their clay work since Etruscan times and
it is still true that the highest-quality, hand-made terracotta products are made here.
Machine-produced terracotta products will not be mentioned here as they are produced
in a totally different way and are of inferior quality.
The difference in the clay quality between terracotta from Sienna and Impruneta is
a result of the unique composition of the soil in the Impruneta region. It is only
this earth with its unusually high mineral, aluminium, copper and iron oxide content
which, when fired at 1,000°C, fuse together and give the terracotta products their
high durability and frost resistance.
You can read about the differences in quality of the "terracotta d'Impruneta" in the
report published by the trade publication "Floristik International" (1/97 edition)
(Read English Translation of the report here.)
Unfortunately, as a result of the forces of supply and demand, many old terracotta
producers have started using clay mixtures instead.
This is the reason why our Impruneta collection only contains terracotta products from
"Luciana Biliotti®" which owe their good reputation to the exclusive use of pure,