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

Summer news

It’s been a busy few months… I graduated as Master of Arts in Historic Environment Conservation from Ironbridge, Birmingham University in July. My programme was slightly extended as I took time off for my Churchill Fellowship over the summer last year and returned to publish my report and embark on my dissertation over Christmas and New Year. … 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  

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

Winston Churchill Fellowship Report

Amy Smith 2011: Winston Churchill Travelling Fellow . Architectural Terracotta: An Exploration of Transatlantic Opportunity . Click HERE for Report           .

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

Pressing the Natural History Museum Beasts

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

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