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Ceramic Tiles and Architectural Terra Cotta

Information or research assistance regarding ceramic tiles and architectural terra cotta is frequently requested from the Smithsonian Institution. The following selected bibliography has been prepared to assist those interested in this topic.


Ballast, David Kent. Architectural Terra Cotta: Technical and Design Considerations. Monticello, IL: Vance Bibliographies, 1987.

Barnard, Julian. Victorian Ceramic Tiles. Christie's South Kensington Collector's Series. London: Studio Vista, 1979.

Berendsen, Anne. Tiles: A General History. London: Faber & Faber, Ltd., 1967.

Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Tiles in the Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design. New York: Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1980.

Elliot, Marion. The Tile Decorating Book: Designing and Hand-painting Tiles: A Practical Guide. New York: Lorenz Books, 1997.

Giorgini, Frank. Handmade Tiles: Designing, Making, Decorating. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1994.

Herbert, Tony and Kathryn Huggins. The Decorative Tile in Architecture and Interiors. London: Phaidon Press Inc., 1995.

Jones, Mike and Janis Fanning. Handcrafted Ceramic Tiles. New York: Sterling Pub. Co., 1998.

King, Peter. Architectural Ceramics for the Studio Potter: Designing, Building, Installing. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1999.

Lockett, Terence A. Collecting Victorian Tiles. Woodbridge, Suffolk, England: Antique Collectors Club, 1979.

Paul, Tessa. Tiles for a Beautiful Home. Barron's Educational Series, 1989.

Riley, NoŽl. Tile Art: A History of Decorative Ceramic Tiles. Secaucus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1987.

Teutonico, Jeanne Marie (Ed.). Architectural ceramics: their history, manufacture and conservation: a joint symposium of English Heritage and the United Kingdom Institute for Conservation, 22-25 September 1994. London: James & James, 1996.

van Lemmen, Hans. Decorative Tiles Throughout the Ages. Wakefield, RI: Moyer Bell, 1997.

_____. Tiles in Architecture. London: L. King, 1993.

_____. Tiles: 1,000 Years of Architectural Decoration. New York: Harry N Abrams, 1993.

van Lemmen, Hans and John Malam, eds. Fired Earth: 1000 Years of Tiles in Europe. Catalogue of the Scarborough Art Gallery Touring Exhibition. Somerset, U.K.: Richard Dennis, 1991.

Wires, E. Stanley. "Decorative Tiles: Their Contribution to Architecture and Ceramic Art." In New England Architect and Builder. Nos. 14, 15, 16 and 17, 1960 (parts I-IV).


Aldredge, Lydia S. (Ed.). Impressions of Imagination: Terra-cotta Seattle. Seattle, WA: Allied Arts of Seattle, 1986.

Bell, Frederic. Notes on a 50-Year Revolution: A Profile of the Company Whose Innovations Brought Ceramic Tile into the 20th Century. Lansdale, PA: American Olean Tile Company, 1973.

Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles. Malibu Tile. Los Angeles: Craft and Folk Art Museum, 1980.

Dieter, Gerald W. and John Cummings. The Bible in Tile: The Story of the Mercer Biblical Tile in the Sanctuary of Salem Church. Doylestown, PA: Consistory Salem United Church of Christ, 1957.

Evans, Paul. Art Pottery of the United States: An Encyclopedia of Producers and Their Marks. New York: Feingold & Lewis Publishing Co., 1987.

Karlson, Norman. American Art Tile : 1876-1941. New York: Rizzoli, 1998.

Kovel, Ralph M. and Terry H. Kovel. Kovels' American Art Pottery: The Collector's Guide to Makers, Marks, and Factory Histories. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1993.

Kurutz, Gary F. Architectural Terra Cotta of Gladding McBean. Sausalito, CA: Windgate Press, 1989.

Malibu Lagoon Museum. Malibu Potteries (reproduction of the original catalogue of Malibu Potteries). Malibu, CA: Malibu Lagoon Museum, 1990.

McMillian, Elizabeth Jean. Casa California: Spanish-style houses from Santa Barbara to San Clemente. New York: Rizzoli, 1996.

Padwee, M. A Guide to the Patterns and Markings on the Backs of United States Ceramic Tiles, 1870s-1930s. Little Hampton, U.K.: Buckland Books, 1997.

Reed, Cleota. Henry Chapman Mercer and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987. Paperback reprint, 1996.

Rindge, Ronald L. Ceramic Art of the Malibu Potteries, 1926-1932. Malibu, CA: Malibu Lagoon Museum, 1988.

Sigafoose, Dick. American Art Pottery: A Collection of Pottery, Tiles, and Memorabilia, 1880-1950: Identification & Values. Paducah, KY: Collector Books, 1998.

Taft, Lisa Factor. Herman Carl Mueller: Architectural Ceramics and the Arts and Crafts Movement. Trenton: New Jersey State Museum, 1979. Exhibition catalogue.

Tunick, Susan. American Decorative Tiles. New York: Association of Italian Ceramic Tile and Refactories Manufacturers, no date.

______. Ceramic Ornament in the New York Subway System. New York: Association of Italian Ceramic Tile and Refactories Manufacturers, no date.

_____. Terra-cotta Skyline: New York's Architectural Ornament. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1997.


de Jonge, Caroline Henriette. Dutch Tiles. New York: Praeger Publishers, 1971.

Korf, Dingeman. Dutch Tiles. London: Merlin Press, 1963.

Philadelphia Museum of Art. Dutch Tiles in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1984.

Van Hook, Stephen J. Discovering Dutch Delftware: Modern Delft and Makkum Pottery. Alexandria, VA: Glen Park Press, 1998.

van Lemmen, Hans. Delftware Tiles. Woodstock, NY: Overlook Press, 1997.


Austwick, Brian and Jill Austwick. The Decorated Tile: An Illustrated History of English Tile-making and Design. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1981.

Blanchett , Chris (ed.). Mintons Tiles. Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset, U.K.: Richard Dennis Publications, 1997.

Catleugh, Jon. William de Morgan Tiles. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1983. Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset: Richard Dennis Publications, paperback 1999.

Eames, Elizabeth. English Medieval Tiles. British Museum. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1985.

Greene, John. Brightening the Long Days: Hospital Tile Pictures. Leeds, U.K.: Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society, 1987.

Herbert, Tony. The Jackfield Decorative Tile Industry. Museum Booklet No. 20.01. Tetford, Shropshire, U.K.: Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, 1978.

Horne, Jonathan. English Tin-Glazed Tiles. London: Jonathan Horne, 1989.

Myers, Richard and Hilary Myers. William Morris Tiles: The Tile Designs of Morris and His Fellow-workers. Shepton Beauchamp, Somerset, U.K.: Richard Dennis, 1996.

Ray, Anthony. English Delftware Tiles. London: Faber, 1973.

_____. Liverpool Printed Tiles. Wappingers Falls, NY: Antique Collectors Club, 1994.


Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, Toronto Region Branch. Terra Cotta: Artful Deceivers. Toronto, Ontario: Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, 1990.

Barry, Michael (text), Roland & Sabrina Michaud (photos). Colour and Symbolism in Islamic Architecture, The Islamic Tile-Makers Art. New York: Thames & Hudson, 1996.

Biswas, S. S. Terracotta Temples of Bengal. Calcutta: Friendship Publishers, 1995.

Hostetter, Eric. Lydian architectural terracottas: a study in tile replication, display, and technique : the archaeological exploration of Sardis. Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1994.

Paris and the Legacy of French Architectural Ceramics. New York: Friends of Terra Cotta Press, 1997.

Porter, Venetia. Islamic Tiles. New York: Interlink Pub Group, 1995.

Michaud, Roland. Design and Color in Islamic Architecture: Eight Centuries of the Tile-maker's Art. New York: Vendome Press, 1996.

Ryan, John. "Where the wind carries me...": The Life and Art of Judith Ryan. U.K.: Phoenix House, 1998.

Sabo, Rioletta, Jorge Nuno Falcato, Nicolas Lemonnier (Photographer), and Joao Castel-Branco. Portuguese Decorative Tiles: Azulejos. New York: Abbeville Press, Inc., 1998.

Tunick, Susan. Paris and the Legacy of French Architectural Ceramics. New York: Friends of Terra Cotta Press, 1997.

Winter, Nancy A. Greek Architectural Terracottas: from the Prehistoric to the End of the Archaic Period. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.

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