Architectural Ceramics: 2 New York Neighborhoods

Architectural Ceramics: 2 New York Neighborhoods


Fri, Sept 1
10AM - 4PM

New York buildings contain a rich variety of architectural ceramics. This tour will examine tiles and terra cotta used to ornament facades and lobbies in the Gramercy Park and Murray Hill neighborhoods as well as in portions of Greenwich Village. It will include tiles from many important companies: Grueby Faience, Batchelder Tile Company, Moravian Tile Works, Maw & Company and others.

A visit to Louis Sullivan’s only New York City building, the Bayard-Condict (1897-99) highlights the early use of clay for cladding the entire façade of a structure. Other fine examples of both glazed and unglazed terra cotta will reveal the breadth and inventiveness of ceramic ornament.

Lunch will be in one of New York’s rare interior landmarks, the former “Della Robbia Bar” within the former “Vanderbilt Hotel” (1910-13) now known as Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. It features a superb ceiling of Rookwood ornament and Guastavino tiles.

This tour is led by Susan Tunick, an artist and President of Friends of Terra Cotta. One of her publications, Terra-Cotta Skyline (1997) won that year’s New York Society Library Award. In 2010 she completed a commission include three outdoor clay and cedar sculptures for a property in Vermont. In addition, she has worked on a number of public projects including: Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station, Bayonne (2003), murals in PS 222, Jackson Heights, Queens (2002) and varied works for 3 locations in the New York City Subway. Recent exhibitions include: “MaterialXperience,” Rotterdam, Holland; “The Nature of Tiles,” Edina Art Center, Edina, MN (both 2010); “SIXbySIXbySIX,” Marymount Manhattan College (2009); “Clay Focus,” Gloria Kennedy Gallery and “Transformations: 6x6,” Clay Art Center (both 2008). Her work has been featured in numerous books including Public Art for Public Schools, Michelle Cohen, (2009), Ceramics in the Environment, Janet Mansfield (2006), and Along The Way: MTA Arts for Transit, Bill Ayres & Sandra Bloodworth (2006). She has received grants, as well as the International Ceramics Award, presented by Ceramic Arts Foundation (1999) and the Tile Heritage Foundation Award (1997).


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