Tiles and architectural ceramics in the world context
Conference held on Saturday 12 November 2011, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Gladstone Pottery Museum

Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent

Welcome to the Exporting Stoke and Beyond Conference website

Exporting Stoke and Beyond was a one-day conference organised by the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society held at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday 12 November 2011. See the Conference Programme page for full details and abstracts of all the papers that were presented.

During the mid 19th century Britain was not only the world’s leading imperial power, but was also its foremost exporter of architectural ceramics. The expansion of British territories led to the construction of many public and ecclesiastical buildings displaying the best of British design in ceramic terms. The conference drew its inspiration from this export of British design and culture, and saught to explore its consequences for the manufacturing industries of Stoke and beyond, for Britain, and for the former Empire.


Dr Graham McLaren, Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University. Graham McLaren is an historian of art and design, specialising in the history of ceramics and glass. His current research will result in a substantial text to be published by Manchester University Press entitled The Culture of Ceramics. It considers the significance and impact of ceramics on Western culture, and attempts to place the material in its social and cultural context.

Mario Baeck MLitt, tile historian, author and expert on north European tiles. Mario Baeck will focus on European reaction to the introduction of new tile manufacturing technology in England, and on the role of international exhibitions in publicising the use of tiles during the late 19th century. He is currently undertaking research for a PhD and his published work includes The Industrial Tile in Belgium, in the 2004 exhibition catalogue Industrial Tiles 1840-1940 (Nederlands Tegelmuseum).

Dr Lynn Pearson, author of the TACS Tile Gazetteer: A Guide to British Tile and Architectural Ceramics Locations (Richard Dennis, 2005). Lynn Pearson will talk about where and how British-made tiles and architectural ceramics were used abroad, where they may still be seen, and the problems faced - and overcome - by British firms attempting to export their wares around the world in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Conference Programme

Conference Resources