Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Ceramics




Various hard, brittle, heat-resistant and corrosion-resistant materials made by shaping and then firing a nonmetallic mineral, such as clay, at a high temperature.

Terra cotta is a type of ceramic.

Ceramic Subway Tile


Ceiling Guastavino tiles   ...   Wall subway tiles   ...   Source: Library of Congress

It might just be the hardest-working wall covering in America. From the moment that ceramic subway tiles made their debut in New York City's subterranean train stations in the early 1900s, they captured the public's imagination and quickly moved into the bathrooms and kitchens of prewar houses for both practical and aesthetic reasons.

Easy to clean, stain resistant, and light reflective, the 3-by-6-inch glazed white rectangles epitomized what those rooms could and should be: sanitary.
- This Old House (online March 2018)


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Photos and their arrangement 2002 Chuck LaChiusa
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