The conservation of our unique inheritance of historic buildings requires the skill and experience to match that of the original craftsmen. We have nurtured and developed this expertise to become world leaders in the restoration field.
Our technical ability in the matching of detail, blending of clays and moulding of clay bodies is unrivalled in the industry. We understand how fired clay improves with age, and weathers to produce subtle nuances of shade and colour.
Many restoration projects start with broken, eroded or missing terracotta pieces, which require meticulous surveys of the colour, finish and detail of the original building. We pride ourselves on then recreating the construction methods of centuries ago to match the clay pieces.
The bespoke nature of our products means that selection of shape, colour and finish is not restricted to a standard catalogue range. Many of the restrictions imposed by other materials and manufacturing processes are often those best accommodated by Shaws Architectural Terracotta and Faience. For instance, with proven durability often exceeding that of natural stone, it is resistant to the effects of weathering and atmospheric attack, and the ease by which it can be shaped makes terracotta one of the most versatile building materials available.
The application of a glaze to a terracotta block forms a hard-wearing coloured surface of either gloss, eggshell or matt finish. This product is known as architectural faience or glazed terra cotta.