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

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

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  

Spomenik

A bit off subject, I wanted to share with you another interest I have which has become a bit of a project… I’ve been researching old Former Yugoslavian monumnets. Many of them are epic sculptural monuments and memorials and because the Communist cause has long ago dissipated they have been left as ruinous statements of a lost day, their … Continue reading

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