Materials & Techniques

Terracotta

Terracotta is a ruddy brown, hard-baked clay used for construction (roof tiles, cornices), sculpture, or pottery. It is molded or shaped by hand and then dried for a period of time before being baked or fired at high temperatures. Though often left unglazed, terracotta objects can be glazed prior to firing or painted once dry. The material is lightweight and fireproof but can also be very fragile.

Web Resources

Terracotta
Read more about this material and see some examples of European sculptures made with terracotta.