Our Italian terracotta exhibits unique characteristics that have made it known & appreciated worldwide.

Terracotta exists in many qualities and forms. At Tuscan Imports, we offer only hand crafted Italian terra cotta which is, simply put, the best in the world. All of our terracotta is frost proof. We carry Italian terra cotta planters, vases, urns, statuary, and fountains from both the Impruneta and Siena areas. Italian terracotta planters from both Impruneta and Siena are exceptional products, exhibiting unique characteristics that have made them known and appreciated worldwide. Do not be deceived by cheap imitations. Many have attempted to duplicate the Italian styles, but the quality of Italian terra cotta only comes from Italy – and specifically the Tuscan region.

The world’s finest terracotta planters come from Impruneta, a small village nestled in the Tuscan hills a few kilometers from Florence, Italy. Blessed with land that is naturally rich in iron, copper, calcium, and aluminum, the town has been well known for its exceptional quality terracotta and craftsmanship for centuries. Hard gray earth, as pictured, is mined from the surrounding hills, ground to a powder, and mixed with water to make this coarse bodied clay. It develops its renown pale, terracotta color after the firing process and is able to withstand extreme temperatures. Our terracotta containers are backed by a lifetime guarantee against frost. Terracotta from Impruneta is frost resistant to -22°F. This, along with the hand of a skilled artisan makes the Impruneta collection the absolute best available.

The province of Siena is dotted with countless workshops because of its abundance of quality clay. Although not as high in iron as clay from Impruneta, clay from Siena is known throughout the world as quality terracotta, able to withstand temperatures to 10° Fahrenheit. A more refined clay, it is smoother in texture and great for Southern climates, indoor use, or in Northern climates if sheltered during times when temperatures drop below 10°.

The art of applying an antiqued finish to Siena clay is accomplished by only a few Italian workshops. While having the same qualities as traditional Siena clay, the Antiqued Siena collection gives the impression of being centuries old. Frost-proof to 10° Fahrenheit, this collection is perfect for Southern climates, indoor use, or in Northern climates if sheltered during colder months.

Galestro is a clay produced in blocks by a large manufacturing facility that began production in an attempt to imitate the properties of Impruneta clay. Many workshops, particularly in the Siena area, began using Galestro a couple of years ago because of the inferior qualities of their local clay and because of their inability to obtain clay from Impruneta. Recognizing the superiority of Imprunta clay over the Siena clay, these workshops have been forced to use the next best alternative. Typically, since the shops using this clay are from the Siena area, the styles produced are typically styles from that region. While the tests on this clay seem to prove it has better qualities than the traditional Siena clay, its durability remains to be seen and proven. None of our current inventory is made using Galestro clay.

 

Our Story

Tuscan Imports was born out of our own love for Italy. I developed a deep affection for Italy, and especially my wife’s home city, Firenze, during the eight years my family lived in the region of Tuscany. I learned to love the culture, the land, the food, the people, and their love for art and craftsmanship. Having mixed feelings about returning to the States in 1998, we attempted to carry a part of Italy with us. We applied stucco to our walls, built old brick arches, put a wood burning brick oven in our yard, and brought a large assortment of terracotta so that we could recreate Italy in our home and garden. We soon realized we were not the only ones who appreciate quality terracotta!

Friends and visitors immediately noticed the obvious difference between the hand-crafted items around our home and the terracotta typically found in retail outlets. We discovered that while quality Italian terracotta planters were abundant in Italy, they were difficult to find in the United States. As a result, I packed up my truck and began burning up the highway – Tuscan Imports was born.

We began as a family business and we continue to be a family business. We began with honest, personal service; and we continue with the same. We began building new friendships and partnerships; and we continue to build those on a daily basis. What a blessing it has been!

Kirk Laing

Owner & Operator

Philip Laing

Sales Associate

Davide Laing

Sales Associate

Our Commitment to Service

We have been selling handmade Italian terracotta from Impruneta and Siena since 1998, which means we have been around a long time and will continue to here for a long time. You can purchase with confidence from Tuscan Imports, knowing you are buying the absolute best quality available and you will always speak with a knowledgeable salesperson. Honesty and integrity are the foundation on which we have built our business.

We have an advantage of speaking Italian, therefore we work and communicate directly with top workshops in Impruneta. Most companies work through buying agencies that have contracts with workshops whose production is mediocre at best. These agencies not only push these workshops, but the added cost of a middleman drives up the price of these subpar pieces.

We know the reality that some workshops cut corners and we therefore choose to not work with them. Some fire their items at lower temperatures and some fire for shorter times in order to cut expenses. The ‘anima’, or what is called the ‘soul’ of the terracotta, is affected by these short cuts. While it cannot be seen by the eye because it is internal, it certainly affects the quality and durability of the item produced.

We carry the largest inventory of terracotta from Impruneta available in the US. In fact, we have more inventory on hand than most Italian workshops! Because of our large inventory and our volume of business, we are able to offer quick turnaround times and competitive pricing.

The truth is some workshops use illegal help from third world countries, which we believe to be an unethical practice. We choose not to work with these companies even though their products can be less expensive. Equally important, these workers are not true artisans and it is reflected in the quality of terracotta that is produced.

Because of our experience and knowledge, we are familiar with all the workshops in Impruneta and Siena and we only use those that produce the best quality available so that you can be sure when you purchase from Tuscan Imports that you are receiving the best terracotta that can be found. In addition, since we have been in business since 1998, we have years of experience shipping throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world. Therefore, one can rest assured that items will arrive safely and in perfect condition. We guarantee it!

Client List

Along with with thousands of  homeowners, some of the finest hotels, resorts, academic institutions, medical facilities, restaurants, shopping centers, and public municipalities have put their trust in Tuscan Imports, Inc. when specifying planters and garden ornaments to adorn their facilities. We are extremely proud what we do; and, equally proud to have worked with some of the finest designers and architects across the country. We would like to thank the following current or previous commercial customers who have given us the opportunity to work together and who have placed their trust in Tuscan Imports.

Ritz Carlton
Hilton Hotels
The Biltmore Estate, Ashville NC
The Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood MS
Sea Island Resorts – The Cloisters, Sea Island GA
Darla Moore Farms
The Silverleaf Club, Scottsdale AZ
P. Allen Smith Designs
The Omni, Charleston, SC
Cassique Country Club, Kiawah Island SC
Genesis Creation Museum, KY
G-8 Summit, St. Simons Island GA
McLeod Fitness Ctr. Florence, SC
McLeod Regional Medical Ctr Florence, SC
Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC
Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC
Commerce Bank
Philbrook Musuem of Art, OK
Culinary Institute of America, NY
La Bellezza, Colorado Springs CO
MGM- Mirage
Lake Las Vegas
Macy’s Corp.
WCI Communites
MARTA Atlanta, GA
The Grand Hotel and Spa, Del Mar CA
Vintage Park Shopping Center, Houston TX
USD School of Leadership, San Diego CA
Royal Palm Resort, Phoenix AZ
Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego CA
Bella Collina, Monteverde FL
Whole Foods
Parkland Golf and Country Club, FL
Sea Crest, Newport Coast CA
Mom’s Place at Transition House, Santa Barbara, CA
First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC

Napa Valley Lodge, Yountville CA
Vineyards Models, Brentwood CA
Larkmead Vineyards, Calistoga CA
McGraw Vineyard, Glen Ellen CA
Starwood Resorts
Club Campestre 33, Mexico
517 Flower Company Hotel, Philippines
La Vega Limited, Trinidad
Village Walk Shopping Center, Chula Vista CA
The Palace at Somerset, Somerset NJ
Veranda, Livermore CA
Terravista, Livermore CA
Colonial Grand, TX
City Gallery, Charleston SC
Corazon Club and Spa, Dublin OH
Miramonte Resort, Indian Wells CA
DC Ranch, Scottsdale AZ
Francis Marion University, Florence SC
Canyon Rock, Scottsdale, AZ
1000 Islands Mall, Ontario, Canada
University of VA
Arbor One Financial, Florence SC
City of Florence Downtown renovation project, SC
Olive Garden Restaurants
Jefferson Clinton Hotel, Syracuse NY
Dana Estate Winery, St. Helena, CA
Raleigh Renaissance Hotel, Raleigh NC
Hamilton Marketplace, Novato CA
Bel Tramonto, OR
The Perky Parrot, IA
North Beach Plantation, N. Myrtle Beach SC
La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe NM
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston MA
Wynn Design & Development, Las Vegas, NV
Cadenza Apartment Homes, Costa Mesa, CA
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL

Marriott Residence Inn, NY
Hilton Niagra Falls, Ontario Canada
Santa Barbara Plantation, Curacao
The Cardinal at North Hills, Raleigh NC
City Center, Manassas Park VA
Rendezvous, St. Lucia
Monticito at Woodbury Models, CA
Homes at Pavilion, Sacramento CA
Wolfgang Puck Express
Oglethorpe Club, Savannah GA
Botanic Gardens, Denver CO
Sea Maritime Museum, Savannah GA
Market District, Pittsburgh PA
Due Process Golf, Colts Neck NJ
The Club at Rapallo, Estero FL
Alys Beach, FL
Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta GA
Disney World – Epcot, Orlando FL
Disneyland, Pasadena CA
Fig and Vine Restaurants, NY, CA
Steifel Nicholas, Florence SC
Al Jawaher Saadiyat Beach Villas, Dubai UAE
New York Botanical Gardens, NY
Evergreen Hospital, Kirkland WA
Piola Italian Restaurant, Chapel Hill NC
Dallas Arboretum, Dallas TX
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University, Durham, NC
Normandy Inn, Minneapolis, MN
Spartanburg Marriott, Spartanburg, SC
LeSport, St. Lucia
Long Vineyards, St. Helena, CA
Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL
Black Mountain Ranch, San Diego, CA
Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, Boston, MA
Four Seasons, Miami, FL
Lafayette Park Hotel, Lafayette, CA

Ritz Carlton
Hilton Hotels
The Biltmore Estate, Ashville NC
The Alluvian Hotel, Greenwood MS
Sea Island Resorts – The Cloisters, Sea Island GA
Darla Moore Farms
The Silverleaf Club, Scottsdale AZ
P. Allen Smith Designs
The Omni, Charleston, SC
Cassique Country Club, Kiawah Island SC
Genesis Creation Museum, KY
G-8 Summit, St. Simons Island GA
McLeod Fitness Ctr. Florence, SC
McLeod Regional Medical Ctr Florence, SC
Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC
Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC
Commerce Bank
Philbrook Musuem of Art, OK

Culinary Institute of America, NY
La Bellezza, Colorado Springs CO
MGM- Mirage
Lake Las Vegas
Macy’s Corp.WCI Communites
MARTA Atlanta, GA
The Grand Hotel and Spa, Del Mar CA
Vintage Park Shopping Center, Houston TX
USD School of Leadership, San Diego CA
Royal Palm Resort, Phoenix AZ
Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego CA
Bella Collina, Monteverde FL
Whole Foods
Parkland Golf and Country Club, FL
Sea Crest, Newport Coast CA
Mom’s Place at Transition House, Santa Barbara, CA
First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC