Traditional Cotto

Sheathing and flooring

Traditional cotto is an ancient yet contemporary material. It is shaped by hand using wooden moulds, and given a contemporary appearance thanks to the unique combination of colours, shapes and finishes. The research conducted by Fornace Brioni on the many types of clay makes it possible, in fact, to achieve an even cotto body in numerous different shades: from intense red to delicate pink, from straw yellow to flame red, rich in contrasts.

Grey Cotto

Sheathing and flooring

The technique used to make grey cotto is one of the secrets of Fornace Brioni. This material derives from an ancient clay firing method, which has been perfected over the years and passed on verbally from one worker to another. Grey cotto is available in different shades, ranging from light grey and reaching black. The various shades are obtained by an equally unusual application of natural products, such as waxes and oils, during the final treatment given to protect the material.

Variegated Cotto

Sheathing and flooring

Variegated cotto is steeped in a sophisticated history of its own. Between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it was one of the most popular materials for flooring in many churches and historic mansions in the Po Valley. Its unusual marbled surface is obtained by expert hand-crafting techniques. Clays with different compositions are first mixed individually, then together, creating a very graphic pattern of layers that is never the same. Once they have been fired, the different types of clay maintain and intensify their chromatic diversity to define a marbled effect that is very vivid and reminiscent of certain rocks and ornamental stones.

Glazes

Sheathing and flooring

Fornace Brioni also produces glazed cotto tiles, available with a glossy or matt finish. The colours are elegant and never boring, glazed tiles can be considered artistic ceramics and like these, they have all the uniqueness of hand crafted products. They can be used on many types of surface and in different rooms, not only around the home.