A show at the Building Centre explores architectural ceramics


Ceramics have been a mainstay of architectural production for millennia, but recent years have seen both an upswing of interest in their use, and advances in technology that expand the range of potential applications further still.

An exhibition a London’s Building Centre, ‘Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics’, celebrates this resurgence showcasing recent buildings by architects such as AHMM, Eric Parry Architects, Jamie Fobert Architects and Metropolitan Workshop alongside small-scale works by practices such as Assemble and experimental and research projects undertaken by designers at Fettle Studio and Grimsdyke Farm.

Curated by the Building Centre team with architect and ceramicist Lydia Johnson (Fettle Studio), the show aims to explore a close connection between hand-held ceramic objects and large-scale urban interventions – from the glazed household items that inspire whole building facades to the manufacturers using scaled-up processes familiar to studio potters. “Both traditional production methods and innovative technology are equally embraced in the show”, they say, “with hand-crafted pieces sitting alongside mass ceramic production and robotic technology”.


Top: Mapleton Crescent designed by Metropolitan Workshop
Above: Ceramic tile floor by Aessmble/Granby Workshop; samples from Penoyre & Prasad’s Brunel University building 

‘Hand Held to Super Scale’
The Building Centre, Store Street, London. WC1E 7BT
20 September 2019 – 31 January 2020
Entry is free. Further details here

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