Glazed Terracotta is a new type of Minecraft block added on June 7, 2017 as part of the “World of Color” update (1.12). This update is the same one that added concrete to the game.
Terracotta comes in 16 different patterns and are mainly used for decoration purposes. Crafting glazed terracotta is easy, just smelt a block of stained terracotta in a furnance. You will get the same color of terracotta back, but in the glazed form.
In the photo above, you can see the main patterns and designs that can be made with glazed terracotta in Minecraft. Note that the direction you are facing when you place the block will rotate the block.
To create these patterns, you will have to experiment with the placement in different directions. There are more potential patterns than what is shown in the image, but these are the main patterns.
Tip: The easiest way to find plain terracotta is by mining it in Mesa biomes. You can then stain plain terracotta to any color using dye in a crafting grid.
How To Use Glazed Terracotta in Minecraft
Glazed terracotta is primarily used as a decoration for flooring or walls. Because of the vibrant patterns, it’s important not to over-do it or else your build will look tacky. I recommend using it sparingly, for example as a centerpiece for your wall or floor.
You can also combine different textures together to create a mural. For example, the below pattern was created by a reddit user:
Glazed Terracotta FAQs
How do I get the right glazed terracotta pattern?
The pattern will be different depending on which direction you are facing when you place the block. To change the pattern, you will have to experiment placing the blocks in different directions. In general, try rotating either clockwise or counterclockwise for each corner of the pattern.
What is the difference between terracotta and hardened clay?
They are the same thing. Hardened clay was renamed to terracotta in a previous update.
How do I change the color of terracotta?
You cannot change the color of terracotta once it has been stained or glazed. You can only dye plain terracotta which is crafted by smelting clay blocks or by mining it in a Mesa biome.