Handmade clay tiles are for the individualist! With these tiles I try to create variety and texture – no two are identical. Clay shrinks as it dries, and also again when it is fired in the kiln, so measurements are approximate. Their particular qualities come from working directly with the clay and slips with the hands using a variety of traditional techniques.Hand made clay tiles are made in batches which will vary from batch to batch – please order enough in one go!
Hand made tile using random selection of neolithic imagery. Honey + green glazes.
Different coloured clays have different characteristics and can be used with different glazes and coloured slips. Max size is about 6″ 150 mm, anything larger and cracking becomes an issue in the firing. They are ideal as a feature panel or a border even with small 1″ 2.5cm mosaic.
They take time to make, dry and fire so are very much part of the ‘Slow movement’, but are worth it for the rich colour and texture they can add to a room.
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handmade clay tiles with images based on neolithic imagery
chic minimal design with dark blue glaze.
Sea creatures handmade tiles
These tile surfaces are cut with a wire to create a decorative surface. ten glazed with a deep crackle blue glaze. 3″ 7.5mm tiles approx.
White clay tiles with a white glaze. approx 6″ 152mm tiles.
Feature tiles- plain and scallop pressed clay tiles. Turquoise over white slip. 5′ approx 13cm.
Tiles with stamped and stencilled decoration in 2 clays and a clear glaze approx 4″ 10cm tiles.
Small ‘ mosaic’ tiles stamped with a variety of hand carved stamps and glazed to order. 1″ 2.5cm tiles.
White glazed rosette 15cm 6″ approx.decorated tiles.
white slip over red clay , rustic brushed and stencilled slip decoration. approx 4″10cm
clay tiles with added stamped details . approx 4″10cm.
roughly printed and painted slip decoration on red clay tiles 2″ approx.5cm
Random decoration made using coloured slips and roulettes, unglazed to emphasise texture. Unglazed can be sealed but designed for decorative not practical use!
Running foliage based on mediaeval designs on white clay. approx 6″ 15cm
Simple white glazed decorated with random stamped designs to create texture. approx 3.5″ 8.5cm
Fired handmade tile mosaic, combining industrial tile and clay tiles.
Handmade stamped tiles with multicoloured glazes
Mythological designs- handmade clay tiles with Stamped designs, 2 alkali glazes.. Approx 10cm. 4″
Tile mosaic as a feature for bathroom tiles with a narrow turquoise glazed border.
Feature tile panel. Handmade tile mosaic and rouletted strip border.
Handmade clay tiles- rouletted borders in different patterns and widths. Fired with a crackle turquoise copper glaze.
handmade border tiles with a rouletted design used with plain white standard tiles…
Sea creatures. Bespoke clay handmade tiles .
Handmade clay tiles- fish
Machintosh style tile panel. Hob panel part of kitchen tile scheme. Combination of handmade pressed clay tiles rouletted borders+ hand glazed standard and cut strips 4″ 10cm tiles .
Handmade blue glazed stamped tiles
Small splashback tiles- ‘landscape’
Tiles made by folding together 3 different coloured clays – agateware-and slicing like bread ten rubbing down to bring up the patterns! 5-6″ 12-15cm tiles.
Agateware tiles in progress
mixed clay agateware tiles
Another agateware variation
Agateware [mixed clays] splashback tiles after glaze firing. Tile mosaic mixed sizes. Tiles 5cm. 2″ max.
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Handmade clay tiles are often best used as a wall feature to provide colour and texture, they can be used singly in a block or as simple borders for kitchen tiles and for bathroom tiles. I also use them as part of tile mosaic panels as hob tiles or tile splash backs for basins and baths.
These tiles can be practical, or purely decorative- even unglazed, eg. used as decorative framed panels to create a bold statement anywhere in the house or simply to create a quiet corner.