Lancing’s Sensory Garden Project

Alongside development of new work in porcelain I have been involved in a lovely project; Lancing Sensory Garden (location on Google map). I’ve been asked to make the signage lettering for the community garden being constructed centrally in Lancing. The garden really does have community at its heart; with local companies being involved and giving skills and materials … Continue reading

Notes from the workbench

I’m thinking about translucency. Working with porcelain allows me to give a more delicate and even finer feel to my compositional curve sketches. I’m thinking about repetition as well and how I can achieve a look of ebb and flow and of asymmetry in a repeating pattern. Moving from 2-dimensions and working in delicate relief to 3-dimensions and forms … Continue reading

As the academic year rolls in with the leaves…

As the academic year rolls in, for some, I’m starting my ‘new year’ with some investment in myself… Alongside some yoga to un-crick my poor back, I’m settling into doing more drawing. I’ve dusted off my drawing board for life drawing classes with Karin Hay-White alongside doing the odd bit of Urban Sketching. …I’m struck … 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

Brighton and Hove enforce maintenance

Brighton & Hove have served a Section 215 enforcement notice on the historic Medina Bath House on Hove’s seafront. The owners have six months from 1 November to: wash down and repaint the southern and western elevations; remove the breeze blocks from the window openings reinstate windows and glazing; repair and make good all the … 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

The promise of a tomorrow for Medina Bath House

In light of this weeks dismissal of plans to demolish Medina Bath House, let’s enjoy Medina Bath House and its delightful history and place on Hove seafront: Nestled in between rows of crouched cottages, the scale and decoration of Medina Bath House stands proud and confident, unabashed by its pebbledash exterior and additions of thoughtful graffiti. … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Mercer and his Moravian Tiles

Henry Chapman Mercer had a fascination with castles since he was a boy. When he inherited a large amount of money he realised his dream castle and chose to build it in concrete so he could inlay thousands of his Moravian Tiles as internal decoration. As an example, the altar of the local Salem Reformed … Continue reading