Exporting Stoke and beyond
Britain was not only the world’s leading imperial power, during the mid 19th century, but was also its foremost exporter of architectural ceramics. The expansion of British territories led to the construction of many public and ecclesiastical buildings displaying the best of British design in ceramic terms. Exporting Stoke conference draws its inspiration from this export of British design and culture, and seeks to explore its consequences for the manufacturing industries of Stoke and beyond, for Britain, and for the former Empire.
Exporting Stoke and Beyond is a one-day conference organised by the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society
I’ll be presenting findings from my Winston Churchill Fellowship. Exploring the the rise of the skyscraper and the key role terracotta played in the development of the city, using beautiful examples from across the USA and the Midlands. Looking at global markets today, as well as in C19, and what the future may hold for terracotta as such a versatile building material.
Date: 12th November 2011
Venue: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent