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Wood-Fired Kiln


unfired terracotta



The Mariani family has been managing and maintaining their ancient kiln (Antica Fornace Romana) for generations. Trading off quantity for the highest levels of quality, the old wood furnace reaches a temperature of 1750ºF (960ºC), giving the Terracotta Impruneta the classical terracotta color and range of shades. This manual process, combined with the wonderful clay, also gives our terracotta a notable strength and durability, and its widely acknowledge tolerance to cold and frost. Tap on a piece of Terracotta Impruneta, and you will quickly be struck by the solidity of the material, and the characteristic, almost metallic ring that it produces.