Bernasconi’s Furnace proposes a handmade wood oven baked terracotta, with Chestnut trimmings (waste from local sawmills). The mineral composition, together with the baking temperature are the two variables which determine the colour of the natural terracotta.
The wood stove has a traditional oval-shaped structure, lined with refractory bricks. It has a diameter of approximately 3.9 meters (at the wide end) and a height of approximately 4 meters. The baking cycle has a duration of 60 hours. For approximately 30 hours, the wood oven reaches a temperature of 1000°c. The varying degrees of temperature within the oven and the gradation in time results in the tone variation shades within the terracotta. The tonal shades from soft yellow to dark red.