What is the difference between Terracotta & Fibrecotta?
Widely used across Europe, terracotta was the only ceramic product produced in the West until the 14th Century. Made from fine clay with a high iron content, terracotta is a hard-wearing material used for a number of purposes including bricks, tiles, pottery and even large sculptures.
Products made using genuine terracotta are dried then kiln-baked at around 1000°C which is an expensive and time consuming process. Historically, fine and decorative plant pots imported from around the world were used as luxury goods for decorating large estates. Thus they became a symbol of wealth and class - an impression which still lingers today.
Fibrecotta is a modern equivalent to terracotta created to have the appearance and feel of traditional hand-thrown pots while being significantly lighter and more durable. Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, creating Fibrecotta pots is a far more streamlined process which produces consistent products that not only look and feel great but are far better value for money.
Fibrecotta planters are carefully hand crafted by layering a clay/cellulose fiber mix and fibreglass in a mould to ensure quality and uniformity across the range. They are then dried rather than fired, the high fibre content in the clay and cured fibreglass making for a strong product that does not need to be fired. The different colours of our Fibrecotta planters is due to various pigments being added to the clay mix before the moulding process begins. Some of our Fibrecotta planters have an extra layer of paint sprayed twice over the planter to give a smooth, even surface.
Why buy Fibrecotta?
Terracotta is a porous material that allows the container's soil to breathe and any excess water to slowly seep out. However, this material is also heavy and prone to breaking, especially during the colder months when the water in the permeable material can freeze and expand.
Fibrecotta planters are a perfect choice for those who want the look, feel and porous properties of terracotta without the disadvantages. Because of the fibreglass content, Fibrecotta has a high resistance to frost, meaning it is safer to leave outside over winter. It is also lightweight and easier to move around the garden.
Like terracotta, Fibrecotta is also porous allowing the roots of your plants and flowers to breathe. This also means that naturally present minerals in the soil and water can slowly escape over time, providing your plants with a better growing medium and allowing Fibrecotta planters to age in the same way terracotta does. Fibrecotta can also be purchased in a range of colours and finishes to suit your garden style.
Fibrecotta is a versatile material that is durable, low maintenance and won't corrode with the natural acids and alkaline in the soil. Unlike terracotta which is more prone to cracking or becoming brittle over time, Fibrecotta is tougher, lighter and more suitable for a busy garden.