One of the oldest forms of pottery and sculpture, terracotta dates back to as old as 210 BC and were the only form of ceramic being produced until the 14th century. The word originally derived from the Latin word ‘terra cocta’, terracotta means “baked earth” in Italian. Terracotta or red mud is also typically referred to earthenwares that are brownish red to orange in colour although in the modern day other variations are also available. They can be either glazed or unglazed and usually involves baking the red mud or clay in the fire. The end product is porous and often finds application in various walks of life. So whether you realise it or not you encounter The Red Mud Hut almost every day of your life.
The transformation of mere clay being moulded on a potter’s wheel and then being baked to give a beautiful reddish brown to red coloured figure, vase or flower pot is quite fascinating. One of the oldest crafts mastered by mankind, this poor man’s craft has now become a heritage and also a big industry providing jobs to many. With time The Red Mud Hut has expanded its borders both in demand and market and is no longer a craft of the villages. It is now a booming industry whose end products adorn your and my homes and gardens.
The most commonly used earthenware that is made of terracotta is the flower and plant pots. So even though it may sound quite fancy, next time you look at a flower pot in your garden or lawn you know what it is made of. But the terracotta plant pots have also come of age. They have been redesigned and modernised to suit the taste of modern classy and edgy clients. So these days not only will you find plain orange clay plant pots of all sizes and shapes, but also pots that have self designs, maybe glazed and coloured in various shades.
The most used product of The Red Mud Hut are the terracotta plant pots that made using basic clay through a very tedious process that proceeds in the following steps. First, the clay is collected and cleaned to remove unwanted impurities. It is then mixed with a predetermined amount of sand, water and caustic soda and kneaded to give elasticity. The mixture is then given the shapes of plant pots of various sizes and sundried. The next step is the designing of the plant pots which is then followed by the red clay coating of the pots. The plant pots are again sun-dried before being baked in kilns to give the final product.
The main advantage of these red mud pots is that they are porous. Thus they find a great utility in gardening as plant pots. Their porosity ensures that the soil remains aerated and cool. The pots themselves allow water to seep through them and because of this water retention capacity they stay cool and ambient for healthy plant growth.
So although new age plastic and tin can seem to have found their way into the plant pots market, the best option still remains terracotta plant pots, not only because they look classy but also are best suited for plant growth.