The word ‘terracotta’, is an Italian word that translates to ‘baked earth’. It is the preferred medium for sculptures, given its thick and malleable texture, making it easy to mold. Terracotta goes all the way back to 24,000 BC and the most famous use in art was the Chinese Emperor’s Terracotta Army – a collection of over 8000 soldiers and 520 horses, found in Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum. Another factor for its widespread prevalence in history is its easy availability across continents.
If you’re considering bringing clay into your home, you’ll be excited to discover the unique designs, patterns and shapes you can create with it.