Terracotta Events coming up…

We have some talks and courses coming up about the history and practical conservation of architectural terracotta: THIS SATURDAY 7th June 4pm   West Street Loft, West Street, Shoreham by Sea, BN43 5WG Adur Art Festival A visually inspiring presentation about architectural terracotta and the reasons for growth of the material across America (New York, Chicago … Continue reading

Hampton Court’s Terracotta Roundels

Sculptor Giovanni Da Maiano invoiced Cardinal Wolsey in 1521, requesting payment for eight painted and guilded terracotta roundels  (‘octo rotundas imagines, ex terra depictas et deauratas’) to embellish his newly refurbished Hampton Court Palace. These 500 year old terracotta roundels are significant; not just for their age and remarkable condition, quality and sculptural detail, but also as … Continue reading

a little homage to Louis Sullivan

The buzz of Jazz in the Millenium Park… extreme window cleaners… on the 41st floor of Randolph Tower scaffold… Oakland’s glistening glazes… my so sore foot… the legend that is Tim Samuelson… eerie Buffalo and its majestic grain elevators… heady Broadway terracotta and neon… gloss gleaming terracotta across San Francisco… Susan Tunick… my sturdy red … Continue reading

Terracotta Foundation

. Terracotta Foundation _______________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Terracotta Foundation will support and stimulate the use of terracotta in architecture internationally, in collaboration with architects and industry. . Currently being pressed ready to be fired!….. . Join the discussion on Twitter @missterracotta or contact terracottafoundation@gmail.com

No more Neglect – Medina Baths

A petition has been launched this week to gain support for the Council to put together a Planning Brief to protect the special character and period features of Medina Bath House. The intention is to protect the building from potential demolition and construction of a taller proposed development on the sit. As you can read from … Continue reading

Love Architecture talk – Architectural Terracotta: The Rise of the Skyscraper

I’d like to invite you to two presentations of my Churchill Fellowship findings; This Friday 15th at 7pm at West Street Loft in Shoreham-by-Sea or The following Sunday 24th at 3pm at Threshold Architecture Hub in Brighton Please see the details below and the Love Architecture website for more info  

New terracotta for Bath’s Holburne Museum

I had assumed the Holburne Museum was well outside of the city from what I had seen pictured in green surroundings. In fact I found it on a surprisingly short walk along Great Pultney Street with the elegant neoclassical Museum facing the city and reflecting its Bath stone grandeur. Reopened in May 2011 the museum … Continue reading

Shaws of Darwen

The last visit I made as part of my research for my Winston Churchill Fellowship was one of the first I planned and one of the most exciting and informative; to Shaws of Darwen in Lancashire. Jon Wilson and I had talked on the phone since I first applied for the opportunity and I expressed … Continue reading

Architectural Terracotta: An Exploration of Transatlantic Opportunity

I’m pleased to share the findings of my 2011 Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship! Click on the title here to download: Architectural Terracotta: An Exploration of Transatlantic Opportunity I spent 2 months in the USA studying architectural terracotta, historical and contemporary uses in comparison with the UK. Please follow this link to read an online copy … Continue reading

The Great British Seaside

  Keen to explore and to glimpse the difficulties of a town built on pleasure during the ‘off season’, off I ventured with my terracotta hitlist. I found perhaps one of the most uplifting experiences I have had: and perhaps one of the most depressing too: This dichotomy will perhaps be my lasting memory of … Continue reading