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

New terracotta for Bath’s Holburne Museum

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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

The Great British Seaside

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  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

Pressing the Natural History Museum Beasts

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I passed the Natural History Museum recently and, once again, was struck by its confident decorative grandeur. Whilst aware of the massive size of the animal characters that sit every few metres along the roofline; some peering down at us, some gazing dismissively off to the distance;  I also enjoy the scale of the building, allowing … Continue reading

On site at 188 Randolph, Chicago

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Randolph Tower in the Loop, Chicago, is undergoing the largest ever removal and replacement of terracotta. Mark Kuberski, Central Building and Preservation, the Contractors on this almighty project, was kind enough to give me the grand tour of this 45 storey skyscraper. With hard hats donned, we made our way to the site office, where … Continue reading

Boston Valley Terra Cotta

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Boston Valley Terra Cotta is one of only 2 major manufacturers of architectural terra cotta remaining in the USA. Despite its more recent entry into the market, Boston Valley has proven it is a company not to be underestimated. Boston Valley Terra Cotta was established by the Krouse family in 1981 following the purchase of … Continue reading

Re-Crowning Chicago

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I’ve had some great meetings this week so far and have come across the use of GFRC for replacement in place of terracotta a fair bit, particularly to reinstate large cornices. Mary Brush, Holabird and Root is working on repair of the exterior wall of 37 South Wabash. GFRC is being used for the first time at a … Continue reading

A new chapter for Hathern Terra Cotta

Its great to see one of the old boys back in town… Originally established as the Hathern Station Brick Company in 1874, Hathern have a long and prolific history. Hathernware established terracotta as a prime building material by the late 1800s. This seemed like a great place to start my UK research into terracotta manufacturing … Continue reading