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How to make terracotta in Minecraft

Minecraft has a wide range of building blocks that you can use to construct a base. They can be simple stone blocks or they can be concrete blocks that can be dyed to give structures a more aesthetic look. Concrete isn’t the only block that you can dye and use in construction. There is also terracotta

Terracotta in Minecraft

Terracotta is crafted from clay in Minecraft. Clay occurs in block form and can be found in shallow lakes. It’s usually the second or third layer in a lake. It can occur in fairly large veins but most veins are small.

To craft terracotta in Minecraft, you need;

  • Clay block
  • Fuel

Obtain clay block

To obtain a clay block, you must mine it. When mined, it drops clay balls. You can then construct a clay block from the clay balls. You need four clay balls to construct one clay block.

To mine clay, look for it in shallow pools. It has a grey-ish color and can be mined with any type of shovel. Break it like you would a sand or dirt block. Collect the clay balls.

Craft Clay Block

Now that you have clay balls, you can make a clay block.

  1. Open the crafting table.
  2. Place the four clay balls in a 2×2 formation.
  3. Collect the clay block.

Make Terracotta in Minecraft

Terracotta is crafted in a furnace.

  1. Open the furnace.
  2. Place fuel in the fuel slot (coal, wood, seaweed, etc)
  3. Place the clay block in the smelting slot.
  4. Collect a terracotta block.

Dying Terracotta

Terracotta, much like concrete, can be dyed. To dye a terracotta block, you need the dye of choice and 8 terracotta blocks.

  1. Open the crafting table.
  2. Place the dye in the center cell i.e. the second cell of the second row.
  3. Place a terracotta block in all remaining cells.
  4. Collect the dyed terracotta.


Terracotta is as blast resistant as stone. It takes a lot of time to construct enough to build an entire home out of, even if your home is small. If you’re ambitious, you can craft an entire home/base out of it but you will be searching for clay for a long, long time. You may also have to make several trips since clay balls can only be stacked in stacks of 16 as opposed to stacks of 64 which is common for most blocks in Minecraft. Once you dye a terracotta block, you cannot change its color to a different one. It’s a good idea to check out the color you will get on a few blocks before dying everything.

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