Handmade terracotta

Half a century of story, different generations compared with one goal: the handmade bricks and passion for the handmade terracotta.

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Terracotta Bricks

The use of brickwork in buildings comes from ancient times: these are constructive elements that humanity uses for over 5,000 years. With much dedication and experience, we are now producing terracotta tiles handmade using the same techniques and the same materials: wooden molds, clay from our quarry, rain water and baking in a wood oven.

Our workshop provides cotto handmade by the warm nuances synonymous with familiarity, strength and versatility.


terracotta floors

Fornace Bernasconi is not a factory but a craft workshop: the dream is to keep alive the essential traditions of our fathers, our history and our land, without losing sight of the style of healthy and modern living. Attention to detail and craftsmanship with the ultimate aim of satisfying customers with seriousness and professionalism.

The passion for the ancient art of handmade terracotta bricks, accompanied by the experimentation of innovative solutions, is expressed through different shapes and colors, processes and finishes to meet the needs of the most attentive customers, respecting the technical characteristics required by a handcrafted building material.

Tradition therefore meets innovation in a method of craftsmanship which, through a particular treatment and cooking of clay, leads to the creation of high quality handmade terracotta capable of making each home truly unique.

From floors to roofs and attics, from masonry elements to glazed terracotta claddings to finish with furnishing elements with classic and modern shapes: all for the creation of unique, natural and functional environments.



Fornace Bernasconi, more than a brick factory, it is an artisan workshop that produces handmade, wood-fired, custom-made terracotta with trimmings of national chestnut. Like any handcrafted process, the production takes place on order and with the ultimate aim of satisfying both the aesthetic and functional needs of the customer. On the one hand we do not have immediate order processing times (which also depend on the quantity) but on the other we have the guarantee that the brick, whether natural or glazed, will have been produced with the dimensions and characteristics of thickness, color etc dictated by the customer.

In our opinion the waiting time (for average orders of 100 m2 it is around 30 calendar days) is amply repaid by the absolute authenticity of the material which will have been specially produced and with the buyer’s instructions. All this, combined with the experience and passion for our work, translates into unique and comfortable environments as per the customer’s wishes. The latter will be supported with useful advice and suggestions able to favor the right final choice.

The craftsmanship also allows you to create terracotta elements with dimensions and shapes dictated by the needs of the building site (thresholds, stairs, column cladding, etc.) in the required quantities (even just one piece ).

This is also possible thanks to the creation of molds and shapes internally which allows us to minimize costs: in the case of particular shapes we employ master carpenters able to create the more particular forms.

Regarding the glazed, in addition to custom shapes and colors, we are able to create hand-made decorations on each individual brick with the design and with the shades that will be defined by the customer or suggested by our experience.

In a single sentence “TAILORED” we wanted to strengthen what is our creed and our way of doing business by supporting and pandering to the client (subject to technical feasibility) with care craftsmanship and attention to detail which are the elements that (in our opinion) determine the difference between a job done and one done in a workmanlike manner to be taken as an example.

inside which allows us to minimize costs: in the case of particular shapes, we make use of master carpenters able to create the most particular shapes.