Architectural Ceramics

Front cover of Viewpoints book about architectural ceramics

As part of the Ceramics and its Dimensions project, the Museo Nacional de Cerámica y Artes Suntuarias are working with partners to create a database of architectural ceramicsacross Europe. This will include ceramics used by artists, architects and industry.

To accompany the database, Staffordshire University, UK ran a social media competition to source photographs that explored the value people place on the architectural ceramics in towns and cities in Europe. The best images were compiled and published in a book.

The book centres on two case studies exploring the heritage value of architectural ceramics, and its potential as a driver for community regeneration, in two specific contents:

  • The Cabanyal neighbourhood of Valencia, Spain
  • The town of Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent

How do you define architectural ceramics?

For the purposes of our photography competition, Dr Jaume Coll Conesa from the Museo Nacional de Cerámica y de las Artes Suntuarias González Martí has provided the following definition of architectural ceramics:

“Architectural ceramic is any kind of ceramic object made to be used in architecture. This could be decorative elements like tiles, mosaics, roof tiles, or structural elements such as bricks and cornices. It also includes also some kinds of ceramic furniture and ceramic objects made in series, such as stoves, sinks, basins, bathtubs or garden furniture.”