How to Make Terracotta in Minecraft

In Short
  • You can make regular terracotta in Minecraft by smelting clay blocks in a furnace.
  • To make colored terracotta, place a dye in the central slot of the crafting table and surround it with regular terracotta blocks.
  • To make glazed terracotta, smelt the terracotta blocks of any color inside the furnace.

Do you know of a block family that includes blocks of all colors, which also don’t contain too busy or vibrant textures? If you don’t, you’re in the right place. That’s a topic of our guide today — terracotta. The terracotta blocks are frequently used building blocks that fit well in every style and block pallet. Thankfully, you can produce terracotta yourself, but you may also find it in your world. So with that said, let’s see how exactly you can obtain terracotta in Minecraft.

Resources You Need to Craft Terracotta

To make terracotta, we need to smelt clay blocks. So, the resources we are going to need are:

  • Clay Blocks
  • Furnace
  • Fuel (any)

You can obtain clay blocks with a silk touch tool, preferably a shovel. Those blocks are generated in bodies of water throughout Minecraft biomes. The places where you should first look for clay are the swamps and also lush caves, as they are covered with clay blocks. If you don’t have silk touch Minecraft enchantment, you can craft a single clay block with 4 clay balls on the crafting table.

Clay block crafting recipe

To make a furnace in Minecraft, follow our detailed linked guide. Fuel can be any burnable material in-game, such as sticks, planks, logs, coal, charcoal, etc.

Regular Terracotta: Smelting Recipe

Now that we have the required items, let’s make terracotta blocks in Minecraft.

  • First, put the furnace on your hot bar. Then, select it and right-click to place the furnace in the world.
  • Right-click the furnace to open its UI. Then, place your chosen fuel into the bottommost slot on the left.
Placing the chosen fuel in the fuel slot of the furnace
  • After that, take the clay blocks and put them in the top slot on the left.
  • Then you’ll need to wait for a few seconds for the clay blocks to smelt.
  • Once a single clay block is smelted, you’ll see a terracotta block appear in the right slot of the furnace UI.
Smelting clay blocks yielding regular terracotta blocks in Minecraft

To obtain the terracotta block, click on it and move it to your inventory. Not only will you get the terracotta block, but you’ll get some XP as well for your trouble.

How to Dye Terracotta in Different Colors

One of the best features of the terracotta blocks is the ability to dye them different colors. Besides the regular variant, which is a bit more pale than the orange one, there are 16 different colored terracotta blocks. You can easily craft these blocks with the following materials:

  • Regular Terracotta (at least 8 blocks)
  • Dye (any)
  • Crafting Table

Besides acquiring regular terracotta blocks, you’ll need a dye and a crafting table. We already have a dedicated guide on how to get all dyes in Minecraft, so you won’t have any trouble dying terracotta.

How to Make Colored Terracotta

  • First, select the crafting table in your hot bar and right-click the ground to place it.
  • Then, right-click the crafting table to open its UI.
  • Take whichever dye you want to color your terracotta with and place it in the center slot of the 3 x 3 crafting grid on the left.
Placing a lime dye in the central slot of the 3x3 crafting grid
  • Place 8 regular terracotta blocks surrounding the dye.
  • You will see 8 colored terracotta blocks, matching the dye color, appear on the right.
  • Simply drag and move the Lime Terracotta blocks to your inventory.
Crafting colored terracotta in Minecraft

Terracotta with Patterns in Minecraft (Glazed Terracotta)

Glazed terracotta is a special version of this block. There are 16 different glazed terracotta blocks for every single dye in-game. Furthermore, each glazed terracotta variant has its own unique and highly detailed pattern. The most prominent color of the pattern is the base terracotta color.

Using glazed terracotta, you can brighten up your Minecraft house builds greatly and enhance them with character. To get these blocks, you’ll need to smelt the colored terracotta variants.

Glazed Terracotta: Smelting Recipe

  • Once you’ve placed and right-clicked the furnace, place the fuel in the bottommost slot of the UI on the left.
  • Then, put the terracotta of any color in the topmost slot on the left. The regular terracotta will not produce a glazed variant.
Placing colored terracotta in the topmost slot of the furnace with fuel already in it
  • After a bit of time, click on the glazed terracotta that appears in the result slot on the right and move it to your inventory.
Smelting recipe for white glazed terracotta in Minecraft

Where to Find Terracotta in Your World

For those unaware, terracotta also naturally generates in your Minecraft world and can be found in the following locations:

  • Badlands Biome
  • Villages
  • Desert Pyramids/Temples
  • Ocean Ruins
  • Trail Ruins

The Badlands biome is covered with various terracotta block types, so it’s perfect for acquiring a ton of them. Also, if you want to gather as much terracotta as possible in a short period, consider making a beacon, as it will let you insta-mine this block.

Other listed structures don’t contain plenty of terracotta blocks but are certainly worth checking out for different reasons.

Massive badlands biome covered with terracotta blocks in Minecraft

How to Use Terracotta in Minecraft

Terracotta blocks have mostly aesthetic uses when it comes to building in Minecraft. However, as of Minecraft 1.20, it has received a new and rather important crafting function.

Terracotta and all of its variants are mainly utilized in the building aspect of this blocky game. Its colors are not overly bright and vibrant, and that’s exactly why they’re so popular. It’s far easier to combine terracotta blocks with neutral-colored blocks than, let’s say concrete blocks.

Moreover, with all the different colors and patterns terracotta blocks provide, players have many opportunities to use them in all sorts of styles and themes. We unfortunately still don’t have slabs, stairs, or walls for these colorful blocks, but that can change in the Minecraft 1.21 update.

Building interior with terracotta block variants

Minecraft 1.20 update has also introduced armor trim smithing templates, cool and rare items that allow you to customize your armor. From plenty of unique patterns and colors, you can create some amazing-looking armor that will let you stand out on your server.

Armor trims are rare and sometimes extremely hard to find, so you can duplicate them. The regular terracotta block is the chosen block in the crafting recipe for four armor trims. Those are:

  • Host Armor Trim Smithing Template
  • Wayfinder Armor Trim Smithing Template
  • Raiser Armor Trim Smithing Template
  • Shaper Armor Trim Smithing Template
Crafting recipe of the wayfinder armor trim
You can place any of the listed armor trims instead of the Wayfinder one.

This is the end of our guide about how to get terracotta and its colored/glazed variants in Minecraft. Terracotta is one of the most popular building blocks besides stone and wood variants.

So, if you have just started to learn about building, trying out terracotta can only make you a better builder. With that said, what is your favorite terracotta variant, regular, colored, or well, the glazed terracotta? Tell us in the comments below!

Can you make terracotta bricks?

No, it’s not possible to make terracotta bricks. Currently, it’s not even possible to make terracotta slabs and stairs, but if they get introduced, terracotta bricks have a chance to get added as well.

Can you farm terracotta?

Yes, you could farm terracotta, but it can be quite time-consuming to make all the farm pieces. First, you’d need a moss farm to produce moss blocks. Then, when you grow giant spruce trees on top of moss, those blocks will turn into podzol, which you can use a hoe on to turn into farmland.

If the farmland is not hydrated, it’ll turn into dirt. You can then build a dirt into mud convertor, which will produce mud that you can then place over pointed dripstone to dry it. After that, the mud will turn into clay that you can smelt in a furnace to get terracotta. This is not a completely automatic process, but it will allow you to create terracotta out of basically nothing.

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