Red, ruddy, rubicund, rosy, the earth at its most vivified, vital and vibrant: the ubiquitous and heartening ‘baked earth’ that is terracotta appears in all spheres of daily experience. It is a material of diverse character. Terracotta is everywhere. It is the most common house and building brick; it is used in architecture for its warmth and mutability; in sewerage pipes and plumbing and it is in almost everyone’s garden in its most humble yet most efficacious form.
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