There are a plethora of ways to think of terracotta & glazed brick. Let’s start with the nomenclature. Is it terracotta in one word or terra cotta used as two words? Is this really Mexican tile that looks like adobe? Are we thinking of Italian red material? Well, both spellings are recognized as correct and as to origins, terracotta tiles can be Mexican, Italian, French, Catalan, Californian etc., etc. Loosely, we can translate the term as “baked earth” or “cooked earth”.
The history of glazed brick is a long one. The earliest bricks were, more or less, sun-dried mud with a high clay composition and date back to 7500 B.C. Kiln-fired brick appeared sometime around 3000 B.C. and naturally ushered in a new era given its greater strength and durability.