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Faience: A material of choice for new-builds

A Tiles & Architectural Ceramics Society conference looks at the historic and conservation context of terracotta and faience and how they can be harnessed in today's building projects

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House for Essex with glazed faience produced by Darwen Terracotta and Faience.
House for Essex with glazed faience produced by Darwen Terracotta and Faience. Credit: Darwen Terracotta and Faience

A two-day conference in Manchester, arranged by the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society, will provide a historical and conservation context for the use of terracotta and faience in architectural structures.

The event will also consider the latest information on restoration and refurbishment and look at the use of terracotta and faience in contemporary new-build projects. There is a visit to a local supplier of architectural terracotta and faience and a walking tour of Manchester's most important buildings that feature the materials.

  • Wallpaper, glazed faience produced by Darwen Terracotta and Faience.
    Wallpaper, glazed faience produced by Darwen Terracotta and Faience. Credit: Darwen Terracotta and Faience
  • Regent Street, glazed faience produced by Darwen Terracotta and Faience.
    Regent Street, glazed faience produced by Darwen Terracotta and Faience. Credit: Darwen Terracotta and Faience, with thanks to Szerelmey
  • Historic terracotta in Leeds.
    Historic terracotta in Leeds. Credit: Lesley Durbin
  • Historic terracotta in Leeds.
    Historic terracotta in Leeds. Credit: Lesley Durbin
  • Historic terracotta in Leeds.
    Historic terracotta in Leeds. Credit: Lesley Durbin
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Day 1 ‘Past’: The morning session includes a look at the history and uses of terracotta and faience. The afternoon includes a visit to the Darwen Terracotta and Faience factory in Blackburn. Travel by coach.

Day 2 'Present': Conservation and cleaning and a walking tour of the key architectural ceramic sites of central Manchester. 'Future': the afternoon session covers manufacture, architectural design and new-build terracotta projects.

The 'Terracotta: Past, Present and Future' conference runs from Thursday 26 to Friday 27 March 2020 at the Midland Hotel, Manchester M60 2DS.

 

For more information, email conference@tacsuk.org

To book tickets, visit evenbrite.co.uk/terracotta-past-present-future


 

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