Please note that our real terracotta pots are fired at a temperature of 1200 degrees Centigrade for a period
of 2-3 days (depending on pot type). This results in the removal of most of any trapped moisture from the clay material of the pots. With minimal moisture left within the clay pot structure, there is very little chance of ice being formed in any meaningful way that would damage the integrity of the pots.
Careful preparation of the clay, combined with complete hand-working during the pot manufacture, prevents the formation of air voids in the finished pot. Once formed on the turntable, by our craftsmen, the Pottery benefits from a favorable drying climate for the newly formed pots.
Even, and, steady drying of the new pot really assists in producing consistently strong and reliable pottery items.Surface hardness is enhanced by the addition of natural sea sand at the pot formation stage. Durability of the pot surface means that minor knocks and scrapes do not result in material failure, and your pots look good for many years.
The pots are so hard, that, in the event of accidental breakage, we strongly recommend that care is exercised with the broken parts when recycling them as drainage shards for your other pots. Edges can be sharp, please always wear gloves.
Before the firing process, whilst the drying pots are still soft, there can be ‘kiln kisses’ where pots can touch causing a surface mark. Once fired, these marks are really hard-baked but are not considered to be a fault unless the structure is compromised.
Color, the paler tone of our pots is entirely due to the high temperature at firing. The slight colour variation from brick red to paler beige we regard as one of the more attractive features of our product. You will notice that when you water your plants in our pots, that, the pot will change colour to a deeper shade of brick colour. This also applies to the clay balls. This colour change can help to indicate the moisture content around the balls, and in no way compromises the integrity of the balls, ie they remain totally unaffected by moisture, the pots, likewise.