The word terracotta is generally understood to mean a low-fired red clay typically
used for flower-pots,which is vulnerable to frost and easily broken.
Terracotta was however developed into a far more sophisticated material by several
English makers in the 18th century. The clay body was composed of various secret
ingredients to produce a material capable of holding intricate detail and which
when fired to a really high temperature would normally outperform natural stone
in strength and durability.
The most famous of the 18th century makers was Eleanor Coade, whose “Coade Stone”
urns and statuary are very highly valued today.
The technical secrets and skills of these makers were lost as their methods were
displaced by the demands of mass production during the 19th century. At ThomasonCudworth
we set ourselves the task of recreating the origin al techniques.
Extensive research and experiment on the composition and balance of the clay body
,allied with hand modelling skills originating from many years experience of stone
carving, have resulted in the ability to produce work of a quality which rivals
that of the 18th century makers who have been our inspiration.