The original Minoan storage vessel design known as a pithos, the Koronios Cretan Terracotta Pot is also the classic Cretan terracotta beehive design. These were used as barrels, similar to wooden barrels used for wine and whisky storage. While paying homage to this tradition, the Koronios is intended as a planter. These lovely bulbous jars look stunning when used in pairs or groups with repeated statement planting, or even indoors with large dried sunflowers. This is a true Cretan classic.
Cretan Terracotta Pots at Carr Bank Garden Centre
Today’s Cretan potters manufacture hand-thrown terracotta of the highest quality by adhering to the customs and methods developed over many millennia, solely using the native clay. The clay, which is praised for its natural qualities, is first cleaned of impurities before being combined with water to create the ideal consistency for sculpting.
Benefits of our Cretan Terracotta Pots
- Plant Health
The porous terracotta used in our Cretan pots breathes and regulates moisture, resulting in a healthier environment for plants. Excess moisture evaporates through the clay walls, preventing soggy soil and lowering the danger of fungal diseases. Additionally, the inherent insulating capabilities of Cretan clay pots protect plant roots from temperature stress, resulting in healthier and more durable plants.
Cretan Terracotta is renowned for its durability. They are resistant to cracking, fading, and weathering due to the high-quality clay used in their production and the high temperature firing and cooling process. They can resist a variety of weather conditions, including sun, rain, and, most crucially, frost, without being damaged. In fact, the distinct patina that each pot develops outside as it ages contributes significantly to its appeal.
Our pots are entirely hand-made using a potter’s wheel with no moulds and only a few simple traditional tools. In a time of throwaway mass production we are blessed to have a supply of top hard wearing enduring pots. Cretan terracotta pots provide a touch of elegance and beauty to any garden or outdoor space with their distinctively rustic and earthy appeal. They can go well with both traditional and contemporary garden designs.
Cretan terracotta pots are created from high-quality natural Cretan clay, which is a sustainable and environmentally beneficial material. They are free of toxic chemicals and synthetic materials, making them healthy for plants as well as the environment.
- 10,000 years of testing
Cretan pots have been in continuous manufacture for over 10,000 years for a reason: they are simply the best available. To name a few, the Minoans, Romans, Venetians, and Ottomans all recognised excellence and used these pots for everything from house décor to mass storage of grain, oil, and wine.