Terra Cotta

Architectural terra-cotta is a ceramic masonry building material found in ancient Arabic, Egyptian, Persian and Chinese art and architecture. It was very popular in the United States & Europe from the late 19th century until the 1930s, it has recently seen a revival since the 1980’s as a post-modern exterior cladding. The material in both its glazed and unglazed versions is sturdy and relatively inexpensive, and can be molded into richly ornamented detail or cast into modernist undulating forms. Glazed terra-cotta played a significant role in recent architectural styles such as the Chicago School and Beaux-Arts architecture.

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