The Tower of London ceramic poppies

05.05.2017 Installation

This art installation Blood Swept Lands an Seas of Red at the Tower of London marked one hundred years since the first day of Britain’s involvement in the First World War. Created by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies progressively filled the Tower’s moat between July and November of 2014. Each poppy represented a British military fatality during the war.

The poppies encircled the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display but also a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation was intended to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary and create a powerful visual commemoration.

The ceramic pieces were manufactured with techniques used by potters during the First World War (Making the poppies). After the installations all the poppies were sold, raising millions of pounds which were shared equally amongst six service charities.

Gio Ponti: L’Infinito Blu. Milan Triennial 2017

17.02.2017 Exhibition

Triennale di Milano 2017 presented the exhibition Gio Ponti: L’Infinito Blu, dedicated to the ceramic tile designs for the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Sorrento, as well as notes, drawings and photographs of the creative process.

The collection of 33 “Blu Ponti” tiles in 20×20 format was composed of the 27 models used at the hotel, with the addition of five patterns that were never produced and an another one unpublished that was discovered in the archives of the original manufacturer Ceramica D’Agostino. The tiles have been reproduced by Ceramica Francesco De Maio for the occasion.

Alongside this article there is a suggestive animation produced by LIXIL Group (Tokyo) in 2014 for the exhibition “Giving Warmth to the Building Skin, The World of Gio Ponti, Father of Modern Italian Design”

Triennale di Milano

Paredes Pedrosa, winners of 15th Tile of Spain Awards

17.02.2017 Awards

The architects Paredes Pedrosa have been awarded the ASCER’s Tile of Spain prize for their project Two homes in Oropesa in the Architecture category. The veredict took place on 24th November 2016 in Castellón, with the prestigious architect Gonçalo Byrne as the jury chairman.

The project addressed a meticulous restoration and reuse of ruins crossed by walls and arches from an ancient connection between the castle and the village church. Although the use of ceramic has a reserved character, its careful layout and finishes give the space a determining touch of warmth and timelessness.

Paredes Pedrosa won in 2004 the third edition of these awards for Peñíscola’s Congress Centre and obtained in 2011 a honourable mention for Gandia’s Kid University.

Tile of Spain Awards

Paredes Pedrosa, winners of 15th Tile of Spain Awards

Ceramic Material Systems

17.02.2017 Publication

Martin Bechthold, Kumagai Professor of Architectural Technology from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and a contributor to the The Network of Ceramic Tiles Studies Departments, has reflected his research on the topic in Ceramic Material Systems (2015) by the prestigious publishers Birkhäuser.

Written in collaboration with Anthony Kane and Nathan King, the book provides an accurate history of the technical properties, digital manufacturing methods and related production processes, as well as innovative architectural applications combining the emotional dimension of ceramics with its new uses.

Ceramic Material Systems

Ceramic Material Systems

CEVISAMA 2017. Feria Valencia 20th – 24th February

17.02.2017 Event

The International Fair for Architectural Ceramic, Bathroom and Kitchens, has established itself as the most prominent event of the Spanish ceramic industry. The last edition of the fair, titled PERFECT FUTURE, took place at Feria Valencia from 20th to 24th February 2017 and showcased the the newest offers and innovations from all sectors concerning the ceramic field….

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CEVISAMA 2017. Feria Valencia 20th – 24th February