The story begins with Clive and Louise, armed with a basic grasp of Italian and a clear vision, scouring the Italian countryside to find the perfect terracotta pots for their farmhouse garden. On their second trip, they found a pottery willing to make pots to Louise’s designs.
The resulting pieces became a talking point with friends, and before long the kitchen table became a desk and “Italian Terrace” became a business. As demand grew, the challenges of juggling between farming, family and pots led to the business moving into a dilapidated barn, which was eventually refurbished, complete with display area.
Twenty two years and fourteen Chelsea Flower Show Awards later, our beautiful terracotta pots can be found anywhere from roof gardens and balconies, town courtyards and country gardens to some of the finest public and private estates in the world.
Italian Terrace is today run by a small but knowledgeable team. It is important to us that we provide you with the perfect piece, so we are always happy to provide help and advice. We can even visit you with samples if you wish, so that you can see the piece in situ.
Our pots take about four weeks to make. We blend the best Italian clay to achieve a pale colour and a special finish is added to create the weathered texture. We make by hand, using traditional press moulded techniques. Gentle air drying and firing at high temperatures in our modern gas kilns ensures strength and durability in the winter months. We have created designs and shapes that suit our classical and contemporary architecture, with the growth of plants in mind.
- Claude Monet