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- The Cretan terracotta pots are handcrafted (hand thrown) from a ball of clay on a potter's wheel by skilled potters in central Crete. This is an ancient tradition where each pot has its own history and character.
- Cretan terracotta pots are fired in a traditional kiln at 1150°C which secures a very high quality and makes them more frost resistant.
- When fired the Cretan terracotta takes on this elegant light sand colour. The Cretan clay has a very high mineral content which contributes to the unique "Cretan" colour, strength and durability.
- Look at this Minoan jar (pithos) at The British Museum from about 1450-1400 BC, a testament to the enduring beauty and quality of the Cretan pithoi.
- The Cretan clay pots will age beautifully. They will slowly release mineral salts that add to their individuality. With time moss and algae will colonise the pot. This is part of the natural ageing process for a clay pot. If weathered for many years a beautifully aged patina will evolve.
- For extra caution protect your pots from frost by moving them into a shed or wrapping them up with fleece, bubble wrap or sacking. This is especially important for pots with delicate surface decorations.