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

Beautiful Brutalism in Sacramento

My creative self has been tapped into this month as I moved, finally, into a newly evolving workshop space. I’ve been ‘in storage’ for several months while travelling and working on academic projects. It is interesting how the realisation of this space and access to my workshop, tools and clay once again has gradually unleashed … Continue reading

Weekend of terracotta wonder

Having set the scene for the findings of my Winston Churchill Fellowship in my presentation to Exporting Stoke Conference on Saturday, my mind is abuzz with plans for collaboration, industry meets arts and the possibilities for the future of terracotta in contemporary architecture. The Conference was absorbing and thought provoking; exploring cultural shifts in export, tiles … Continue reading

Walking the Grid

It is the 200th anniversary of the Commissioners’ Map and Survey of Manhattan Island and the organisation of NYC into the grid system, with east to west as streets and north to south as avenues. Interestingly Broadway was an old trade route and as it would have been too disruptive to move it, it remained the only diagonal road. … Continue reading

Breaking News for Brighton’s Royal Alex

Planning permission to include the beautiful C19 building in the new development has been GRANTED. The Royal Alexander Children’s Hospital’s future has been touch and go for some time.  The alternative proposal to demolish the exisiting building has been withdrawn by developer Taylor Wimpey and permission to adapt the site granted this week. The news … Continue reading

New ideas for an old Church

I’m considering options for Church of All Souls Hastings. This grand Grade II* listed building towers spectacularly amidst neighbouring terraces and has been closed for 5 years. Built by prolific designer AW Blomfield in 1890 it is a fine example of high Victorian architecture with most original features intact. It is impressive from the outside and even … Continue reading

IKON Gallery, Birmingham

I popped into the IKON Gallery on Sunday as we were passing. I’d forgotten what an impact the building has on me. It was built as Oozells Street School in 1887 and boasts stunning bright orange-red terracotta detailing. I first visited the Gallery as a teenager and feel reassured remembering the impact the building first … Continue reading

Surface Library

I’m interested in surface. As a craftsman and conservator beautiful, but also telling, visible surfaces details give vital clues as the the nature and qualities of the material which the object or building is made from and suggest the conditions and environment it may have experienced.                     … Continue reading