The majority of our pots are made painstakingly by hand, and it is expected that variations in colour, size and glaze will occur as part of the natural manufacturing process. These are not considered defects, but part of the natural and unique beauty of each individual piece.
Our terracotta and glazed pottery is fired at between 800 and 1100 degrees, making it very strong and resistant to most weather conditions. It is best to avoid freezing conditions however, as water within the pot can freeze and expand, putting pressure on the walls of the pot which has the potential to cause cracking.
As terracotta and earthenware are always porous, we encourage the use of a pottery sealer to reduce the porosity of pottery products. Applying the sealer to the inside walls of the pot before planting, will help preserve its appearance, save water and encourage the health and growth of the plant.
Mother Nature will determine how your pot will age over time. Natural salts within the terracotta clay may gradually seep through the clay to the exterior surface creating a white dust finish (often seen on plain terracotta pottery). This is quite normal as all terracotta must “breathe”. You can minimise the ageing process by scrubbing and cleaning any affected areas with a mild detergent and soft brush.