‘From a slick architect’s operation to three hippies in a shed...' EPR Architects collaborated with ceramic artist Kate Malone and potter Rich Miller on 24 Savile Row, London, a building clad in 10,000 hand-glazed ceramic tiles. A crystalline glaze – a challenging production method where textured crystals are encouraged to develop in the firing process – means no two tiles are exactly the same.
Hear Stephen Pey of EPR Architects, Kate Malone and Rich Miller talk about the design and production process, their early glaze experimentation and how, once the preferred glaze was chosen, an extensive testing period was undertaken to ensure the results formed in the potter’s studio could be replicated architecturally.
Kate Malone MBE is a British studio potter, ceramic artist and stoneware glaze research expert. Malone is known for her large sculptural vessels and rich, bright glazes. She is a judge on BBC2’s The Great Pottery Throw Down.
Stephen Pey is a director at EPR Architects and led the design of 24 Savile Row. Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a judge for architectural awards. His interests lie in how non-architectural influences can be incorporated into the design process.
Rich Miller studied ceramics at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design. For the last 12 years he’s been running Froyle Tiles, which specialises in the production of handmade stoneware tiles. Miller continues his own studio practice, exhibiting his ceramics at selected shows. He is also the ceramics technician on the BBC 2 programme ‘The great Pottery Throwdown’.
The event took place in November 2019 as part of Hand Held to Super Scale: Building with Ceramics - an exhibition and public programme curated by the Building Centre exhibitions team and Fettle Studio, a ceramics studio founded by Lydia Johnson, architect and product designer at Citizens Design Bureau. 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.