Ter­ra­cotta takeover

It’s a shade that’s never gone out of style

ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents - Words KASSIA ST CLAIR Pho­tog­ra­phy LACHAN MOORE Styling STU­DIO MOORE

What is ter­ra­cotta?

The word ter­ra­cotta is a con­join­ing of two Ital­ian ones, lit­er­ally trans­lat­ing as ‘ baked earth’. And so it is: a gen­er­ally unglazed por­ous ceramic so hum­drum and es­tab­lished that it has long since lent its name to the colour it turns after fir­ing. This shade, so fa­mil­iar from roofs and plant pots, is a beau­ti­ful – if roomy – one, en­com­pass­ing a plethora of tints be­tween pink­ish brown, burnt or­ange and washed-out brick red. The pre­cise shade is de­ter­mined dur­ing fir­ing, when the iron con­tent of the clay re­acts with oxy­gen at high tem­per­a­tures ( gen­er­ally be­tween 600 and 1,000 de­grees).

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