Tuscan terracotta olive oil jars – orci

If you’re interested in terracotta, a visit to Impruneta, the home of terracotta in Tuscany, is well worth it. The artisans of Impruneta are producing more and more hand-painted terracotta in addition to their traditional raw clay ceramics. However, in addition to floor and roof tiles, the terracotta manufacturers of Impruneta and nearby Ferrone have been famous for centuries for their huge terracotta olive oil jars, orci (singluar orcio).

Tuscan terracotta oil jars - orci

Tuscan terracotta olive oil jars – orci

Although these olive oil jars are much less used now for storing olive oil, they are still very popular as garden decorations and, in the case of antique orci, also for interior decorating. Since the clay of Ferrone is frost-resistant when baked into terracotta, these jar last for decades in garden settings, even when filled with earth to grow plants.

More about the terracotta of Impruneta.

More about Il Ferrone.

More about Tuscan olive oil.

Elena Spolaor

Elena Spolaor

About Elena Spolaor

Although Elena was born in Venice, she was brought up in Tuscany and is a historian and frequent contributor to online articles about life in Tuscany and Umbria. Her specialities are Tuscan and Umbrian local history and folklore.

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