A terracotta artist who transforms clay into many a wonder by hand, and on the wheel. It's used to make many flower pots. Terracotta is also often used for pipes, bricks, and sculptures. Terracotta pottery is made by baking terracotta clay. In fact, the word “terracotta” comes from the Italian words for “baked earth.”
Terracotta is usually made from a fairly coarse, porous type of clay. This is first shaped (or sculpted), then fired until hard. In the ancient world, it was left to harden in the hot sun; later, it was baked in primitive ovens created in the ashes of open fires.