Terracotta is a smooth textured, solid-colored block that has multiple uses. It can be glazed to make nice patterned blocks, it can be colored with the 16 dyes available in the game, and allows you to utilize a smooth textured block for trims or a splash of color in your builds. Terracotta is a versatile block that can be found easily or cooked yourself.
Required Materials for Terracotta
- Clay Block (4 clay balls)
To cook terracotta yourself you will need to form clay into clay blocks. You can use a silk touch tool to dig up the entire clay block or form clay balls into blocks. Using a fortune enchanted tool will not increase the number of clay balls that drop, so it is best to use a silk touch enchanted tool to save yourself some time. You will need to cook the resulting clay block, so you will need a furnace along with the fuel of your choice.
How to Make Terracotta
There are two ways to obtain terracotta, you can make it yourself, or you can locate a mesa (also known as a badlands) biome where terracotta will generate naturally. Finding a mesa is a matter of luck and other than traveling quickly, there is not much strategy involved with finding a mesa. So instead let’s focus on how to make it through a much more common method. Any clay block you mine can be turned into terracotta. First locate some clay, typically found in shallow ponds and lakes.
Clay is a light gray block that can be commonly found underwater. You can easily break it with any silk touch tool to get the entire clay block. If you do not have a silk touch you can break it with any tool or your hands to get 4 clay balls. Gather up as much clay as you would like to turn into terracotta and head to a furnace. Place your clay in the top slot and fuel your furnace.
You will end up with uncolored terracotta which has a smooth reddish-brown color. It can be difficult finding a smooth block that is primarily made up of one color. Terracotta grants you the opportunity to use just one smooth color.
How to Use Terracotta
Now that you have made terracotta, you have many options available to you. First, let’s stain the terracotta into different colors. If you surround a piece of dye with 8 terracotta blocks you can stain those eight blocks with that specific color.
This allows you up to 16 different smooth colored blocks to work with. On top of the stained terracotta possibilities, you can also glaze the terracotta to create some beautiful patterns. To glaze terracotta, place stained terracotta blocks into your furnace, regular terracotta cannot be glazed. Cooking the stained terracotta will award you with glazed terracotta.
The glazed terracotta is much different than stained terracotta, its texture becomes unique and there are four different unique patterns that can be made with glazed terracotta.
These are the four unique designs that can be made with lime-glazed terracotta. The texture of the block will change depending on the way you place the block down and the direction you are facing while placing the terracotta. Play around with the designs to get a unique pattern. You can even combine some glazed terracotta pieces to make a nice floor piece.
With 16 different bases and 4 different patterns for each base, plus the ability to combine some terracotta designs, there are thousands of different possibilities.
In a Nutshell
Clay blocks can be smelted into terracotta blocks through your furnace. You can gather clay blocks by forming 4 clay balls into blocks and then smelting the resulting block. With terracotta there are many designs and color patterns that are opened up to you as you can dye the terracotta with one of the 16 colors. There are more patterns that are available by staining the terracotta and then smelting it into glazed terracotta. The possibilities are endless!
Congratulations, you now know how to make one of the most varied designable blocks in Minecraft. The smooth color from terracotta is desirable as it can give you the colored trim or solid color you are looking for. Terracotta can also be stained and smelted to give you one of the most interesting blocks in the game. There is a lot you can do with terracotta so gather and cook a lot of clay to get some creative juices flowing.
Q. Does fortune make more clay balls drop?
A. Fortune does not make more clay drop. If you hit a clay block with a fortune tool, it will always drop four clay balls. If your goal is to get clay blocks, using a silk touch tool can help save you time by removing crafting from the clay equation.
Q. How many different patterns of Glazed Terracotta exist?
A. There are 4 different patterns for each of the 16 different glazed terracotta colors. You can change the pattern by changing which direction you are facing while you place the block. The texture of the glazed terracotta block will also change depending on which block you place it on, to keep yourself oriented, try to pay attention to which block you are placing the terracotta on and rotate yourself accordingly.
Q. Does Terracotta naturally generate in Minecraft?
A. Terracotta can be found in badlands, or mesa, biomes. It will naturally generate 6 different colors of terracotta, so to gather the other 10 you will need to stain the terracotta yourself. You can most typically find white, light gray, yellow, regular, orange, and red terracotta in this biome.