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Pithos Cretan Terracotta Pots

From: £270.00

Entirely handmade terracotta with a pedigree going back over 8000 years. We buy and sell only the very best in genuine Cretan Pots and Pitharia, made exclusively for us, in what has been the centre of Cretan pottery production from Minoan times and beyond.

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A more conventional variation of the Milatos Minoan storage jar, with the usual Pithari shape, side handles, broad banding, and pronounced wave design. It is perfect for specimen planting thanks to the large hole at the top. Cretan terracotta pots don’t get much more traditional than this. A true piece of history.

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.
  • Durability
    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.
  • Aesthetics
    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.
  • Sustainability
    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.

Additional information




70 x 45cm, 85 x 65cm

Our Cretan Terracotta pots are all delivered direct to you by courier. We will contact you to arrange delivery & ensure it is delivered safely. In the unlikely event of any damage ocurring just notify us within 24 hours and we will of course arrange any necessary replacement or refund wherever necessary. Delivery is to mainland UK only,