Impruneta clay is thought to have been used since the eleventh century to make construction materials due to its strength and resistance against the elements.
In the fourteenth century, Filippo Brunelleschi used over four million bricks and roof tiles made from Impruneta clay to build the dome of the Cathedral of Florence. The tremendous wealth and ingenuity found in Florence during this time cultivated cultural and aesthetic transformations in many sectors of society and ordinary life.
Impruneta pots, jars, and statuary were used to decorate courtyards and gardens, embossed with designs harking back to Ancient Greece and Rome. Due to the high status of this clay, only a few artisans are licensed by the Italian government to stamp “Impruneta” next to their name on their wares.