Dr Alan Swale: ‘Architectural Terracotta and Faïence: a historical perspective’


Dr Alan Swale


Buildings and other structures bearing terracotta and faïence feature in many towns and cities in this country. Terracotta, especially in its buff-coloured manifestation, is frequently mistaken for stone and architects have frequently endeavoured to emulate the latter rather than accept the material in its own right. This paper critically examines the development and deployment of these ceramic building materials in Britain from the 18th century through to the present and provides insights into its distinctive qualities and occasional drawbacks.