Tiles and architectural ceramics in the world context
Conference held on Saturday 12 November 2011, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Dunedin Station, New Zealand

Dunedin Railway Station, New Zealand (faience by Doulton's)


The conference was held on Saturday 12 November 2011 at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.

During the lunch break delegates had an exciting opportunity to use a live link to see and find out more about the unique Minton Tile Ceiling at Bethesda Terrace in New York's Central Park - a unique and much-loved Stoke-on-Trent export from the 1860s (courtesy of Danny Callaghan and partners).

The three keynote speakers were Dr Graham McLaren, Mario Baeck and Dr Lynn Pearson.

Session One: Made at home, built abroad

Chaired by Tony Herbert, author of The Decorative Tile in Architecture and Interiors, and founder member of TACS.

Dr Lynn Pearson

Way Beyond Burslem: A journey through British-made ceramic locations abroad: Paper New

Barry Corbett

Pilkington’s Tiles - Exporting Beauty from Lancashire: Exhibitions and Export Market, 1893-1938: Paper New

Amy Smith

Reports on her travels in the USA during summer 2011 on a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship researching the use of architectural terracotta: Abstract.

David Malkin

Retiling the floors of the world: 60 years of exporting tiles

Session Two: Design and technology transfer within Europe

Chaired by Dr Alan Swale, lecturer, ceramic designer and historian, and former TACS Chair.

Mario Baeck

‘We can equal more cheaply‘: German, Belgian and French interest in English industrial tiles and tile technology during the nineteenth century: Abstract

Hans van Lemmen

The influence of Stoke tile technology and design on Portuguese and Spanish tiles: Abstract, Slides

Johan Kamermans

Gothic Revival tiles in Dutch architecture: Abstract

Session Three: The cultural context of the ceramic export trade

Chaired by Penny Beckett, TACS Chair and former Editor of the TACS magazine Glazed Expressions.

Dr Graham McLaren

Manners, Morals and the Modern: Exporting Ideas and Publishing British Tiles in the Late Nineteenth Century: Abstract

Professor Chantal Zheng

The Japanese ‘Victorian tiles’: A synthesis of East and West savoir-faire: Paper , Slides New

Chris Blanchett

Japanese Copies of British Tiles from the 1920s and 1930s. Abstract , Images New


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