TERRACOTTA by noidarocker


♦ Defined as molded clay units, decorative or plain, whose
properties are similar to those of burned bricks.
♦ The clay from which they are formed should be:-
        ~ Dense Burning.
        ~ Contains no soluble Salts.
        ~ Should have low shrinkage.
        ~ Freedom from warp age.
→Test of quality for ceramic veneer and terracotta is its tone
when struck, which should be bell-like.


 ~ Unglazed ceramic veneer and terracotta are – Dull
      Ocher or Red.
    ~ Can vary according to the composition and
      temperature of firing.
    ~ Terracotta is used with various colour glazes,
      unlimited possibilities with colour on terracotta
      shapes for caps, bases, decorative bands,
      ornaments and design elements in general.

Smooth Finish:-
    ~ Plane surface, as formed by the die in
Ceramic Glaze:-
     ~ A compounded, transparent, hard coating fused to
       the terracotta.

Non Lustrous Glaze:-
     ~ Surface covered by a fire bonded ceramic glaze
     with satin or matte finish.
Ceramic Colour Glaze:-
     ~ Surface coating of bonded ceramic glaze either
       solid or mottled (two or more colours evenly
       distributed & somewhat blended with a satin or
       gloss finish).

Polychrome finish:-
      ~ Two or more colours applied separately to specific
        areas and brunt separately for each colour.

♦ Manufactured by clay (having sufficient percentage of iron
oxide 5% to 8% & lime about 1%).
♦ Mixed with large quantities of sand and pottery.
♦ Clay free from grit, organic matter, pebbles etc.
♦ Mixture ground to fine powder & pegged thoroughly.
♦ Put into molds of desired size, shape & the molds are dried
for a few days.
♦ Then the articles of terracotta are taken out & further dried
in a shed.
♦ Dried products are brunt in special muffle furnaces these
are also known as Refectories.

                   USES OF TERRACOTTA
♦ It has its way in construction industries like in Renovation, Authentic
Restoration, for New Construction.
♦ Ceramic Veneer & Terracotta Panels used for Ornamental
use in Grilles, Facades, Architectural Design & Construction
work and as Screens.

♦ Applied to brick, Concrete, Concrete Block & Stone Walls
in same manner as in brick, structural clay facing tile and
stone by anchoring the terracotta to the wall surface.
♦ All terracotta pieces & the surface should be soaked in
water for at least one hour before installation.
♦♦ Mortar should be applied on both surfaces on terracotta
and wall.
♦ Terracotta should be anchored and tapped into the place.
♦ Lastly the mortar should he struck flush.
→ Mortar used should consist of 1 par of Portland Cement
by volume, 0.5 part of High Lime Putty, 0.5 part Clean Sand,
1quart of Ammonium Serrate or its equivalent.
→ Cleaning should be done with the help of brushes & clean
water or a weak solution of muriatic acid followed by a
thorough rinsing with clear water.
  Condition Favorable to the Use of Ceramic
             Veneer & Terracotta
~ Large units are a design Consideration.
~ Where a wide choice of colour & design is required.
~ Where surface is likely to receive rough treatment.
~Where maintenance to be kept is minimum.
~Where a special surface design is desired.
~ Where fire resistance is required.
~ it should not be used as an structural material.
~ Where a sound insulation is required.

~ It has good strength & durability.
~ It is available in various colours.
~ It is cheaper than finely dressed stone.
~ Easy to clean.
~ Molded to any shapes.
~ It is fire proof and quite light.
~ It resist acids, gases & the atmosphere.
During drying & burning, it is likely to be distorted due to
unequal shrinkage.
 Hollow blocks of terracotta used for facing work, cornices,
arches, casting of columns etc.


The words terra cotta mean ‘earth burned.’ .After burning,the
clay has a smooth hard surface which does not readily
absorb water.The blocks are made hollow so that they will
be light in weight and the smooth faces of the blocks
indented with grooves during moulding,to give a good key for
plaster and concrete.This type of floor has to be given
temporary support with timber or steel centering.

        The terra cotta blocks and the reinforcement are set
out on the centering and pieces of clay are placed
underneath the reinforcing bars.Concrete is then placed and
compacted between the terra cotta blocks and spread
50thick over the top oh the blocks.

        This type of floor can span up to 5.0 and the depth of
the blocks,the depth of the finished floor and the size and
number of reinforcing bars depend on the superimposed
loads and span.This type of floor is much less used today
than it was because of the considerable labour in placing the
hollow terra cotta pots and reinforcement and because of the
need for temporary centering.

        These blocks also used for walling or in the form of
slabs for applied internal and external wall finishs,
Square terracotta tiles       Square terracotta tiles
Colour: red / orange          Colour: red / orange
6 1/2" x 6 1/2"                6 1/2" x 6 1/2"

 Hexagonal terracotta tiles            Hexagonal terracotta tile
7 1/2" x 7 1/2"                       6 1/2" x 6 1/2"
           Reclaimed Antique Terra Cotta Tile

6" x 12"                                 4' x 4" and 5" x 5"

      These reclaimed Antique terracotta floor tile are
distinguished by their texture, variation and the patina that
   comes from years of use. No new terracotta tile can
  compare with the relaxed informal charm of a genuine
                  antique terracotta floor.

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