The history of terracotta?
Terracotta is a kind of pottery, or type of clay, that has been used for centuries. One of the earliest examples of terracotta was discovered in Xian, China and dated back to 2900 BC. The history of terracotta goes back much farther than this, though!
Terracotta can be found all over the world with most cultures developing their own methods for making it. It's not always easy to date archaeological artifacts made from terracotta because they are often found along with other materials like metal or stone that provide more clues about when they were made - but we know that people have been using terracotta since at least 3000 BC based on evidence from Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq).
Some of the most famous uses of terracotta are in statues and pottery. For example, the Terracotta Army is a collection of over 8,000 life-sized clay sculptures of warriors and horses that were built to protect the tomb of the Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang. There are also many examples of terracotta pots and vases that have been found from all over the world!
How is terracotta made?
Terracotta is made by making a plaster mold. The original design for the pot is pressed into wet clay which becomes the inside of the mold; this "blanks" becomes the outside (or walls) of the finished product. Then, this whole thing is placed in an oven to dry, turning it into hardened terracotta. This process can be complicated considerably if your pots have highly detailed decorations or if you are being ambitious with your designs!
The temperature at which terracotta is fired ranges from 2100 degrees Fahrenheit to 2200 degrees Fahrenheit.
What does terracotta look like?
Terracotta can come in a variety of colors, depending on the clay that is used and the firing process. However, it is most commonly red, orange, or yellow. It can also be brown, black, or white, but these colors are less common.
How is terracotta for roofing?
Terracotta is considered a low-cost and low-maintenance roofing material. It is an ideal roofing choice for those who live in regions where there is a lot of snow because it can be easily shoveled off to keep the roof from collapsing under the weight - unlike other materials like metal or slate that cannot be as easily repaired.
Terracotta has mostly been used as a decorative material until recently, when it has gained popularity as siding to complement homes with modern architecture styles. It has also been gaining traction as an alternative to shingle roofs because of its warmer appearance and ability to withstand earthquakes.
Our advice is to always consult a professional roofing contractor before making any modifications to your home's roof.
What can you make with terracotta?
- Dresses (including bridesmaid dresses!?!)
- Floor tiles
- Duvet Covers
- Throw Pillows