With amazing attention to detail, our producers create stunning terracotta pottery in all sizes and shapes. All pottery is frostresistant and hand made of the finest Italian clay from the Tuscan, Pienza, Padana and Impruneta region.
Our producer in the area of the Po valley has been realizing handcrafted terracotta products
such as bricks, floors, frames, balusters and vases piece by piece, following the traditional rules of dough mixing, moulding and cooking. The Po Valley alluvial lands are present in their quarries with thin overlapping deposits of clays of different quality and origin. This very specific type of clay presents itself in the shades of the various clays manifested after cooking. The decorations are all replicates of those used in medieval times.
Undoubtedly of the finest quality, our pottery from the Impruneta region is made of the best clay Italy has to offer. Solely made by hand, the vases are perfectly shaped without moulds and the applied decorations are all replications of old, historic pottery. As the shaping of the clay and the decorating of the vases is a time consuming process, just a small selection of pottery is available.
In a more contemporary style, our Tuscan producers create a large variety of handmade pottery, all suitable for outside temperatures of -25C. Made and decorated by hand, the clay is pressed into moulds, left to dry for a couple of days and cooked at 1200C. A number of our Tuscan pottery are replicates of pottery used in medieval times, e.g. the Orcio Classico and the Orcio Toscano
Orci da vino - wine emphoras for restaurants
The wine jars produced entirely by hand in Fornaci Manetti Gusmano & Figli rest on the solid experience of eight generations in the production of high quality handmade terracotta and terracottas. The experience, combined with the passion for the wine world of the Manetti family, since 1968 known for the production of great wines in the Chianti area in the company of Fontodi, has allowed to start this project aimed at qualitative excellence for winemaking, always faithful to the absolute respect of the ancient tradition of Impruneta.
The artisans of Manetti Gusmano and Figli produce the classic jars for the vinification with the technique of "founded work", inspired and quite similar to that of "colombino" or "lucignolo". But what makes these jars even more special is the uniqueness of clay; in the Chianti Classico terroir the abundant presence of Galestro gives the terracotta special chromatic and cold resistance characteristics. Among the natural components that compose it, calcium salts and carbonates, give the product characteristics of permeability and porosity that are particularly important for terracotta containers. All these characteristics combined with the antioxidant action and the high thermal capacity make terracotta jars of Gusmano Manetti and Figli, an ideal tool for the production of great wines.