Wednesday 4 December 18:30 - 20:00

Building Centre
26 Store Street


Ceramics: Turning the architectural vision into a reality

Community & Culture

Celebrating the renaissance in craft and examining the practicalities of using faience as a building material.

A renaissance in crafts has seen a renewed interest in faience as a building material, but how do we translate the vision into something that is buildable?

This event brings together the designers and engineers working on iconic projects to talk about their ambitious designs and the technical realities of working with ceramic. It is a versatile material, which can bring so much tactility and uniqueness to a building, but it also has its limitations. Understand first-hand how project teams have achieved the desired aesthetic and overcome technical challenges such as low tolerances and natural imperfections. From the alchemy of creating bespoke glazes to understanding the technical performance of a ceramic faience, this event is designed to offer practical tips and inspiring ideas for architects, developers, engineers, planners and all those interested in the journey of integrating ceramics into their practice.


- Alexis Harrinson, Arup Engineers

- Graham Longman, Make Architects

- Mark Walden, Head of Design, Szerelmey

- Paula Gonzalez Martinez, JRA Architects

- Vanessa Norwood, Building Centre (Chair)

The event is free to attend but booking is essential.

This event is supported by Szerelmey.

This event is part of the 'Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics’ exhibition and public programme curated by the Building Centre exhibitions team and Fettle Studio. Supported by the Built Environment Trust.

We would like to thank our headline sponsor Boston Valley Terra Cotta and our exhibition supporters Arup, Darwen Terracotta, NBK Terracotta and Szerelmey.



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