By Lesley Durbin
Delivering palms on recommendation for the conservator, Architectural Tiles: Conservation and recovery is a distinct and precious guide.
Topics lined supply functional counsel on conservation and recovery innovations together with the issues of manufacture, cleansing, substitute or fix and mortars. suggestions are illustrated by way of accomplished case experiences, opposed to a historical past of the function of prior architects and architects in old schemes.
* detailed consultant to the conservation and recovery of architectural tiles
* overseas case reviews offer suggestion and counsel for most sensible practice
* examine from the author's two decades event within the box
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Extra resources for Architectural Tiles: Conservation and Restoration
He favoured Godwin’s of Hereford as manufacturers for his tiles. 15). 14 Godwin’s tiles used in the Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London. E. Street at the Royal Courts of Justice. William Butterfield was another architect of the Victorian gothic school who used tiles as a material which contributed to the whole ethic of the design. Tiles provided a robust surface which could also supply the range of colour to which Butterfield was particularly attracted. All Saint’s Church, Margaret Street, London (1849), is a good example of Minton’s early use of coloured enamel glazes.
The consequence of acute difference between the shrinkage rates of the body and the glaze in the cooling process after firing manifests in crazing across the surface of the glaze. A too low firing temperature will prevent the glaze from bonding properly to the clay body. Both sets of circumstances lead to the possibility of shedding fragments of glaze from the body of the tile, particularly around the edges, thus leading to severe disfigurement and further fragility of the glaze decoration. Further degradation, although stemming from the manufacturing process, can be held in check as part of the conservation treatment.
Additionally many entrepreneurial and skilled tile makers moved away from companies in the Potteries of Stoke on Trent to America to found their own successful companies. It is clear from the outset that once Samuel Wright of Shelton, Stoke on Trent, had taken out a patent for making inlaid tiles in 1830 and established a method for mass production of tiles, that the leading lights of the tile industry, Herbert Minton, George and Arthur Maw, Henry Godwin and Jesse Carter, were equal and serious in their intent to use science as a basis for manufacturing a product which was materially consistent and quick to produce for an affordable cost.
Architectural Tiles: Conservation and Restoration by Lesley Durbin