Why choose us?
Baked Earth has had numerous years of involvement in the natural handmade terracotta.
The reputation of our company has developed throughout the years by having a profound information and enthusiasm for natural terracotta product to fulfil the client’s needs.
Our exclusive handmade terracotta is manufactured in our family owned factory. We use our own clay from land owned by us, the unique colour variation in our terracotta is not available elsewhere. We have been manufacturing handmade terracotta since 2001.
- All our Terracotta Tiles are suitable for indoor and outdoor use
- All our tiles are suitable for underfloor heating
- All our tiles are handmade and to the highest quality
What is handmade terracotta?
Handmade terracotta differently from the industrial one is a product which is difficult to be found on the market. Since it takes long time to be manufactured, it does not combine with the modern market logic because of its production expenses and time. Manufacturing process dates back to ancient times and is extremely complex: handmade terracotta is baked in an oven by lighting a fire using about 7000 kg of wood faggots. The wood-fired oven is placed in a kind of farmhouse: on the ground floor is located the combustion chamber where wood faggots while bursting into flames expand the furnace. The baking chamber placed upstairs on the first floor containing tiles, vases, and other objects is connected downstairs with the combustion chamber through some slits which enable flames to reach the right temperature and bake the terracotta manufactures. The door is walled up, thus causing a temperature increase. The various clay objects are left inside for four days. The first day temperature remains constant then it starts to decrease. The whole baking process lasts 10 days.
Even if this process is still long and we consider this wood baking technique still important. For this reasons we have our experts in order to produce handmade terracotta items according to this ancient traditions, thus creating a selection of unique pieces whose sizes and shades can change.
Your handmade terracotta floor tiles will become a unique pattern recalling the flavour of ancient times.
Do our handcrafted terracotta tiles resist even to very low temperatures?
Handmade terracotta tiles like all the other handcrafted clay floor tiles are not provided with the European anti-freeze certification that certifies the frost-thaw-resistance of the floor up to 100 kg, thus guaranteeing that its surface remains unaffected by craters and clefts. For this reason these regulations are not valid, since they refer to a handmade product that is unique and unrepeatable. Only do industrial machine-pressed terracotta tiles resist to such extreme conditions, because they are machine-pressed. Whereas handmade terracotta tiles also called “soft paste terracotta” are a kind of hand-pressed terracotta tiles that develop some little craters and clefts on their own surface after the 50th freeze – thaw cycle. Handmade terracotta tiles however have always been used for external flooring and also for typical Tuscan roof covering, thanks to their high resistance to frost. As a matter of fact if installed on a slight sloping surface they resist to stagnant water and to water infiltration’s. For this reason Terracotta tiles are frost proof suitable for outdoor use.
Our Exclusive Presealed Terracotta
Our exclusive pre-sealed terracotta tiles are individually treated by hand with one coating of primer then another three coating of stone sealant, during each step the tiles left to dry before another coating is applied which gives it the lovely rustic finish.
This a special ‘high-build’ treatment method giving excellent performance, longevity, flexibility and outstanding results on natural handmade terracotta.
We have developed this exclusive range to reduce the cost for our customers & make life easier (no further treatment/sealing needed). It also provides a resilient protective layer against water, dust, dirt and a variety of commonly found household contaminants.
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