About

In the hills of Tuscany lies the small town of Impruneta. There, for hundreds of years, artisans have produced the most spectacular terra cotta in the world. In fact, when Brunelleschi built Florence's magnificent Duomo he demanded genuine Impruneta terra cotta for its crown. Today, twelfth generation artisans dig the same gray clay from the pits behind their homes. They create the pots by hand using traditional methods. Then they fire them in kilns where they turn the magnificent color that is unique to terracotta of Impruneta - the warm pink of the Tuscan sunrise. The pottery produced here is unlike any other. The unique chemical composition of the soil and the high temperatures at which it is fired cause it to be the most durable, and the only truly frost proof, terra cotta in the world. It has the high relief, exquisite detail, and top quality craftsmanship that can only be found in work executed by the hand of an accomplished artisan. There is no confusing this pottery with that pressed out by machine or hastily done by less skilled laborers.

Seibert & Rice is the leading American importer of handmade terracotta planters and urns from Impruneta, Italy. For over twenty years we have provided terra cotta planters and urns to America's most beautiful gardens, both large and small. We have also placed terracotta pots in some of the most prestigious institutions in this country, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Botanical Garden, Longwood Gardens, Biltmore Estate and the Boston Public Library. We are very proud of our reputation as the leading supplier of the highest quality terra cotta in the world.

When we founded Seibert & Rice in 1994, there was a serious dearth of quality terra cotta pots on the market. Eyes lit up when we introduced our first collection of handmade Italian terracotta at the New York Flower Show in 1995, where we won Best In Show. Very few people had seen this terracotta outside of Europe, and almost no one had heard of Impruneta. At first, people had a hard time believing that our terra cotta was really frost proof. But eventually they were all delighted when the pots they left outside, intentionally or unintentionally, survived cold winters unscathed.

Now, Impruneta terracotta is well known in the U.S. as the finest terra cotta available. We are proud to have introduced it to the American market and to remain the leading provider of the best terra cotta that Impruneta has to offer. We have expanded our collections and added the American Collection of pots designed by American designers and handmade in Impruneta. However, we have remained committed to selling only Impruneta terra cotta. It is, after all, the best in the world.

  • In selecting a company to reproduce turn-of-the-century terra cotta urns for Biltmore House, America's largest private home and a National Historical Landmark, we had to find the best reproductions experts in the business. Seibert & Rice's work has surpassed our expectations - in color, quality and craftsmanship.

    Terry Stalcup

    Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

  • Here at The New York Botanical Garden, we are all in love with Seibert & Rice terracotta pots. Not only are they among the most beautiful pots for plants - with the lovely soft hues of Italian terracotta setting off the plants - but they are also remarkably resilient out-of-doors here in the Northeast. We have had our glorious pairs of 4' custom pots come sailing beautifully through two record winters with no damage at all - winters with single digit temperatures, heavy snow, ice, sleet, and everything in between. How truly luxurious to be able to have such magnificent Italian terracotta out-of-doors year-round in Zone 6 - thank you Seibert & Rice!

    Kim Tripp, Ph.D.

    New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY

  • With beautiful designs, great quality craftsmanship, and careful shipping, Seibert & Rice terra cotta wares are complimented by the company's well produced product information, courteous sales staff and efficient service. It is always a pleasure to work with Seibert & Rice and our clients are, without exception, pleased as well.

    Madison Cox

    Garden Designer, New York City

  • For the last 30 years I've made a study of the history of pots in the garden and am so very happy that you have taken on bringing the best of Italian flower pots to our American audience. It is a pleasure to see such good pots available to discerning garden designers and gardeners. You are doing all of us, interested in bringing American gardening to a new height, a real service and I for one send you many thanks. Yours in clay!

    Guy Wolff

    Wolff Pottery, New Preston, CT

  • The elegance of form and the magnificent subtle color of the clay make the Seibert & Rice pots the best in the country. Moreover, they are committed to quality service and innovation. They are a pleasure to work with.

    Deborah Nevins

    Garden Designer, New York City

Seibert & Rice pots are the finest terracotta pots available in the world. They require very little maintenance and should last for generations. These Italian terra cotta pots can be left outdoors year-round full of soil.

Absolute Top Quality

All of our terracotta pots are handmade in Impruneta, Italy. Impruneta has always been the source of the finest terra cotta in the world, but that alone is not enough for us. We have chosen the best workshops in Impruneta with the most talented artisans. Then, we hand select the best pieces that each workshop produces. We do not represent any workshops that use less accomplished artisans, that produce imperfect work, or that produce terracotta outside the zone while maintaining an Impruneta showroom only for the address.

In addition, we regularly visit our Italian workshops to ensure that the highest levels of workmanship are maintained. If those levels drop, we discontinue the item or change workshops. You can be assured that when you purchase a Seibert & Rice terra cotta planter you are getting the highest quality terracotta in the world!

Care of pots

It is essential that your pots have good drainage. Pots must be elevated an inch or so off the ground. You can use our pot feet or wedges or simply place pieces of wood or bricks under the pots. Make sure the drainage holes do not become blocked. It is advisable to place a curved pot shard over the hole before filling the pot.

Also, make sure your soil is not too compact and that the water can run out. It is better to leave soil in the pots than to leave the pots empty.

Frost Proof

Seibert & Rice terra cotta pots are frost proof to -20° Fahrenheit, as long as you follow these simple procedures:

  • Lift the pots off the ground on wedges, pot feet or wooden blocks so that there is at least an inch between the drainage hole and the ground.
  • Leave soil in the pot rather than leaving the empty pot outside in the winter.
  • Do not use saucers outside in the winter. (Water can collect in the saucer and prevent the pot from draining properly.)
  • Always make sure the drainage holes are clear.
  • Every three or four years, you should remove a plant from its pot, rotate it, and trim the roots. Make sure the plant does not become pot-bound and that the roots do not clog the drainage holes.

Investment

Seibert & Rice terra cotta is heirloom quality terra cotta that increases in value over time. These are the pots that show up at auction houses at appreciated prices. Furthermore, since the pots are so durable you won't need to replace them every year. Instead, you will pass them on to your grandchildren.

Exclusive

Seibert & Rice is the exclusive U.S. importer for the items you see on this Website. The classic designs of our terracotta pots are perfectly executed with exquisite detail. While others have attempted to copy these pots, no one can replicate the beauty, the quality, or the durability of these masterpieces.

Reliability

Seibert & Rice introduced the American public to Impruneta terra cotta in 1994. Since then it has remained the leading importer of the product and the only company that sells Impruneta terracotta exclusively. Seibert & Rice has supplied planters and urns to some of the most prestigious institutions in the United States, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New York Botanical Garden, The Boston Public Library, Biltmore Estate and Longwood Gardens. When you purchase a Seibert & Rice pot you know that you are getting the best product available.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Before Ordering

Ordering & Payment

Packing & Shipping Information

Care of Pots

About Seibert & Rice Terra Cotta

Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive about our products:

BEFORE ORDERING

How do I read the pot dimensions on the Website?

The symbol Ø refers to the diameter. Measurements in parentheses refer to the inside diameter. All other measurements refer to exterior dimensions. Please keep in mind all dimensions are approximate. All of our products are handmade and slight size variation is typical.

Do your pots have drainage holes?

Yes. All of our pots have at least one drainage hole. Larger pots have up to three drainage holes.

Do your pots come in other colors or finishes?

Our pots are available in natural pink terra cotta, and some come in grey terra cotta. We do not offer other colors or finishes.

Are your grey terra cotta pots also available in pink terra cotta, and vice versa?

Our grey terra cotta pots are available in pink by special order. Some of our pink designs are available in grey by special order. Please contact us to find out which ones.

Do your pots come in other sizes?

Some of the pots we carry are available in other sizes by special order. Please contact us to find out if a pot you're interested in is available in other sizes.

I don't see what I'm looking for. Do you have other styles?

The items on the website are items that we stock and can ship out immediately. We can get you other styles or sizes by special order. Please contact us to inquire about other styles or sizes.

Do you do custom work?

Yes. Our workshops in Impruneta can create custom planters based on your designs or specifications. We can also suggest designs and styles to meet your needs. Please contact us to discuss your custom planter needs.
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ORDERING & PAYMENT

Can I order by telephone?

Yes, you can call our office and place your order. The phone number is 973-467-8266.

What form of payment do you accept online?

We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Can I pay by check?

If you wish to pay by check, you should call our office to place your order. The number is 973-467-8266.

What is your return policy?

We are sorry, but because of the fragile nature of the product and the difficulty of repacking, we do not accept returns. All sales are final.
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PACKING & SHIPPING INFORMATION

How are your products packed?

We have worked with packing specialists to come up with safe and secure methods for packing our products for delivery. Our products are packed using a state of the art foam injection packing system. Smaller items that go by parcel service are packed in foam in boxes. Larger items are packed on foam cushions on pallets and shrink wrapped.

How are your products delivered?

Smaller items, generally those with an inside diameter of 20- or less, are shipped by parcel service, like FedEx or UPS. Larger items, generally those with an inside diameter greater than 20-, are delivered by motor freight. Items cannot be delivered to a P.O. Box.

What happens if I purchase an item that goes by motor freight?

Motor freight charges vary depending on the size and weight of the delivery and the delivery location. If you are interested in any larger items that go by motor freight you will need to contact us and we will get you a shipping quote. Generally, motor freight deliveries are made on a pallet and are left curbside. If you prefer, for an additional charge, we can arrange a white glove delivery where the items will be placed for you and all packing materials will be removed. In any event, someone must be present to inspect and sign for the delivery.

What happens if a pot I order arrives broken?

All merchandise must be inspected immediately upon receipt. If the delivery is by motor freight you must note any damage on the bill of lading. Any damage must be reported to Seibert & Rice within 24 hours of receipt.  We will immediately ship you a replacement. Please keep the damaged item and packing materials so that the shipping company can inspect it.

Can I pick up my order?

Orders may be picked up at our warehouse in Jersey City, NJ. If you would like to pick up, please call us to place your order. A packing charge will apply if it is necessary for us to pack your order. Our staff cannot load your vehicle.

Do you have a store?

We do not have a store. You can purchase our products on the Website or through our catalog.
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CARE OF POTS

How should I care for my Seibert & Rice pots?

It is essential that your pots have good drainage. Pots must be elevated an inch or so off the ground. You can use our pot feet or wedges or simply place pieces of wood or bricks under the pots. Make sure the drainage holes do not become blocked. It is advisable to place a curved pot shard over the drainage hole before filling the pot. Also, make sure your soil is not too compact and that the water can run out.

Can I leave my Seibert & Rice pots outside in winter?

Seibert & Rice terra cotta pots are frost proof to -20 Fahrenheit, as long as you follow these simple procedures:

  • Lift the pots off the ground on wedges, pot feet or wooden blocks so that there is at least an inch between the drainage hole and the ground. (Do not rely on any uneven patio or a gravel or perforated surface. That's not enough.)
  • Leave soil in the pot rather than leaving the empty pot outside in the winter
  • Do not use saucers outside in the winter. (Water can collect in the saucer and prevent the pot from draining properly.)
  • Always make sure the drainage holes are clear.
  • Every three or four years, you should remove a plant from its pot, rotate it, and trim the roots. Make sure the plant does not become pot-bound and that the roots do not clog the drainage holes.

Is all Italian terra cotta frost proof?

Not all Italian terra cotta is the same. Seibert & Rice terra cotta is frost proof. Other Italian terra cotta is not. All Seibert & Rice terra cotta is made from Impruneta clay which has a unique chemical composition that is high in iron and calcium. In addition, the pots are fired at extremely high temperatures. The combination of this clay and the high firing process results in the strongest terra cotta in the world, which can be left outdoors to -20°F. Terra cotta from other regions of Italy, even other areas of Tuscany, is made with different clay and therefore is much less durable and prone to flaking and cracking in freezing temperatures.

Is it necessary to seal your pots?

No. It is not necessary to seal our pots.

I notice white marks on the terra cotta pots. Is that normal?

Yes. White markings on the surface are typical of Impruneta terra cotta. These marks may be present from the beginning or they may come to the surface after use. This is saltpeter which occurs naturally in the clay and rises to the surface.
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ABOUT SEIBERT & RICE TERRA COTTA

What makes Seibert & Rice terra cotta so special?

  1. QUALITY: All of our pots are handmade in Impruneta, Italy. We work only with the best workshops in Impruneta. We do not represent any workshops that use less accomplished artisans, that produce imperfect work, or that produce terra cotta outside the zone while maintaining an Impruneta showroom only for the address.
  2. BEAUTY: We have hand selected the best pieces from the best workshops in Impruneta. The design, style and proportions of each piece we select are perfect. The workmanship is flawless.
  3. TIMELESSNESS: Seibert & Rice terra cotta is heirloom quality terra cotta that lasts for generations and increases in value over time. Our classic designs are timeless and work with every style of architecture.
  4. DISTINCTION: Each Seibert & Rice terra cotta is handmade by a master. Many of the pieces are hand signed and dated. There is no question that a pot stamped with the name Seibert & Rice is the finest terra cotta pot that one can buy.

What is the difference between your Artisan Rolled Rim planters and your Molded Rolled Rim planters?

We offer two lines of large rolled rim planters: Artisan Rolled Rims and Molded Rolled Rims. Both lines are handmade in Impruneta by two of the oldest and most traditional workshops in the town. They use only Impruneta clay, and both are frost proof.  So, what's the difference?

Our Artisan Collection is made completely free hand, without the assistance of molds. Each pot is built using the -coil method.- That is, the potter rolls out a coil of clay and, walking around in a circle, carefully and skillfully builds up the walls of the pot. He can add only four to six inches a day. Each day, after the previous day's work has dried a bit, he adds another layer. Finally, the rim at the top is formed in a way that is nearly impossible to replicate by any other method: you can feel the difference when your fingers fit snugly underneath the curve.  This whole process is highly time consuming and requires an extraordinary amount of skill that only a very few artisans possess. The result is a distinctively handmade-looking planter that is truly a piece of sculpture.

In our Molded Collection, the clay is pounded by hand into molds. After about twenty-four hours, the mold is removed.  An artisan then carefully finishes the pot with hand tools. This is still a handmade Impruneta pot, and there are no seams. However, because this process requires less time and skill, we can offer these pots to you at a more economical price.

We stand by both of our lines of rolled rim planters. You are getting top quality either way. We like to think of the distinction as that between couture and ready-to-wear. Both are beautiful, elegant, and lasting.  But one is more precious.

Do you offer Molded Rolled Rims in smaller sizes?

We only offer Molded Rolled Rims in diameters of 24- or greater. We have found that the smaller sizes are not as beautiful, and we will only sell the most beautiful terra cotta pots. We do offer Artisan Rolled Rim planters in sizes from 8- to 20- diameter.
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Our professional staff will work closely with you and your team through all phases of your commercial project from the bidding process through installation. We specialize in custom planters and oversize containers. We also carry an extensive inventory of stock items that are available for immediate delivery.

Our commercial projects

FEATURED

PROJECTS LIST

  • The Metropolitan Museum of ArtNew York, NY
  • Indianapolis Museum of ArtIndianapolis, IN
  • Vizcaya Museum and GardensMiami, FL
  • Woodmont Country ClubWashington, DC
  • Hotel EmmaSan Antonio, TX
  • Gagosian GalleryNew York, NY
  • New York Botanical GardenBronx, NY
  • Phipps Conservatory and Botanical GardenPittsburgh, PA
  • Bard CollegeAnnadale-on-Hudson, NY
  • Chateau St. JeanKenwood, CA
  • Brooklyn Botanical GardenBrooklyn, NY
  • Tanger OutletsDeer Park, NY
  • Intercontinental HotelBoston, MA
  • Columbia UniversityNew York, NY
  • Standford UniversityStanford, CA
  • United States Botanic GardenWashington, DC
  • Boston Public LibraryBoston, MA
  • Biltmore EstateAsheville, NC
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumBoston, MA
  • Greenwood GardensShort Hills, NJ
  • Bellagio HotelLas Vegas, NV
  • Wake Forest University Winston-Salem, NC
  • Arizona-Sonoma Desert MuseumTuscon, AZ
  • Historic New EnglandBoston, MA
  • The Met CloistersFort Tryon Park, NY
  • Chevy Chase Country ClubChevy Chase, MD
  • Town Center Corte MaderaCorte Madera, CA
  • Castilleja Robson HomesFremont, CA
  • Longwood GardensKennett Square, PA
  • Tijuana Mexico Mormon TempleTijuana, Mexico
  • Madoo ConservancySagaponack, NY
  • Due Process Golf CourseColts Neck, NJ
  • Barnard CollegeNew York, NY
  • University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PA
  • Reeves Reed ArboretumSummit, NJ
  • Penn State UniversityUniversity Park, PA
  • Matthew Marks GalleryNew York, NY
  • Sea IslandSt. Simon Island, GA
  • The Morton ArboretumLisle, IL
  • Ocean Edge Key West ResortKey West, FL
  • Adelphi UniversityGarden City, FL
  • American Museum of National HistoryNew York, NY
  • Auberge Du SoleilRutherford, CA
  • Battery ConservancyNew York, NY
  • The Frick GalleryNew York, NY
  • Fisher Island ClubFisher Island, FL
  • Del Mar National Golf ClubhouseDel Mar, CA
  • The Clark FoundationCooperstown, NY
  • Duke UniversityDurham, NC
  • Downtown at the GardensPalm Beach Gardens, FL
  • The Gallery at MarketEast Philadelphia, PA
  • Victoria GardensRancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Dumbarton OaksWashington, DC