Dr Alan Swale: ‘Terracotta and Faïence in the Present Age – a renaissance in progress?’


Dr Alan Swale


In the mid-1950’s, the demand for architectural terracotta and faience ceased. Fortunately, owing to the supply of these materials for refurbishment and repair, two suppliers remained in business, retaining their skills. This left them well placed to resume the manufacture of these materials for new-build structures. In recent years, owing to progressive architects working with the freedom of postmodernism, a renaissance in the employment of terracotta and faïence in contemporary buildings is taking place

This lecture will examine the reasons for this revival and explore some examples of it in use.