Clay, Teracotta and Brick in Art Architecture and Archaeology

The third in the BSR’s series of interdisciplinary research study days will explore Clay – a material that is at once ancient and contemporary. It is the outcome of collaboration between the BSR’s Faculty of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Archaeology, History and Letters.

The objective of the study day is to enhance the knowledge of every participant and inspire new connected ways of thinking about a particular material –clay– in historical, technological and aesthetic contexts.

The event will comprise a series of presentations on the use of clay over two millennia; case studies will highlight the extreme versatility, strength and plasticity of the material. Participants will appraise its use in specific case studies and discuss each one from the different perspectives of the experts brought together by the British School at Rome. Clay’s unique qualities as an architectural material, whether brick, terracotta or rammed earth, functional or decorative, will be explored as will its use in visual arts and crafts in the creation of sculpture, drawing, and ceramics.


This event is generously sponsored by Darwen Terracotta and Faience, experts in restoration and new build, who provide the highest quality bespoke terracotta products to the architectural industry.

This event will be held at the The Royal Society of Sculptors, Dora House, 108 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3RA.
Registration IS REQUIRED for this event. Click to register for a free ticket on Eventbrite.