In Crete it was traditional to collect rain water in ceramic vessels.
Each house had its own pot to collect rain water.
Even today the Cretans use the pottery they make in Thrapsano to store olive oil, wine, water and food. Ceramics are suitable for this because they are environmentally friendly as long as they are made of soil from the Cretan mountains water and are baked with olive pellets.
Buying a water butt to collect rainwater can be a cost effective, and more environmentally friendly way to look after your plants year round.
A water butt gives you a ready supply of water for your gardening needs, even when the occasional hose pipe ban is in force. They are an ideal source of water for flower beds, vegetable gardens, greenhouses etc.
Rainwater is generally better for your plants than the water we get out of the tap as it contains all the nutrients they need without the added chlorine.
In contract to the usual water butts on sale, our handmade Cretan pots are aesthetically pleasing, eco friendly which are not only practical, but are a beautiful addition to any garden.
All our terracotta water butts are handmade in Crete by a family experienced in ceramic art for 150 years. The ceramic butts are burnt in a traditional wood kiln which guarantees their quality, durability and unique colouring.
In previous years in Crete people used pottery more as usable items than as pots. Ceramics were an integral part of their daily lives. Each house had many ceramics in different sizes which they used for storage.