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Introduction of Tile to Japan

Date:Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 13:00-15:00
Venue:Presentation Room, the Architecture Studio
Lecturer:Mr. Masahiko Shibatsuji (President of the Institute for Arts & Crafts)


Mr. Masahiko Shibatsuji, President of the Institute for Arts & Crafts

We invited Dr. Masahiko Shibatsuji, President of the Institute for Arts & Crafts, to hold a lecture entitled “Introduction of Tile to Japan” as part of the seminars sponsored by the Institute of Turkish Culture Studies. He commentated how tiles as pottery like “glazed bricks” and Chinese “Sen (bricks used in oriental architecture)” were introduced to Japan.

The lecture began with bricks and tiles in the ancient architecture built before the Christian era. Blue glazed tiles in ancient Egypt, Glazed bricks in Mesopotamia, fired bricks in ancient Greece, bricks and mosaic in ancient Rome etc. were also explained.

Then, the history of the tiles in Islamic architecture was taken up. Bricks and colored tiles of the Royal Mosque in the Safavid dynasty, tiles of the Topkapi Palace in the Ottoman Empire, tiles of the Alhambra Palace in the Nasrid dynasty etc. were also reffered to.

And then, the history of distribution of tiles to Europe and U.S.A. was introduced. Azulejo (a form of painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tile work) of Portugal and Spain, maiolica tile of Italy, Delft tile of Netherlands or France, stove tile of Switzerland or Germany, bricks of England after the Industrial Revolution, brick ornament and Terra Cotta of U.S.A. in and after the end of the 19th century etc. were also explained.

Lastly, tiles in Japan after the 19th century were explained citing examples of major ceramics manufacturers or the buildings built with bricks and tiles.

We appreciate the comprehensive lecture by the commentatior of tiles. It was a valuable opportunity for us.