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FLOWER DELFT TILES

FLOWER DELFT TILES

 Here are some new versions of flowers that I already have in the collection.  These 6" square delft tiles are designed to slide into a metal fireplace surround.

 

BOXING HARES AND POINTER DOGS

BOXING HARES AND POINTER DOGS

This mural was commissioned by a client living near Canterbury.  She wanted the panel to echo the local landscape.  The border reflects the abundance of hawthorn locally and it creates an attractive perimeter to the panel.  The Springer Spaniels add a sense of drama, and the hares are busy with each other.

 

AMUSING ANIMALS

AMUSING ANIMALS

One of our customers wanted some amusing animals to mix in with some of our patterned 'Collage' tile range for a panel behind her range. It was quite pleasant painting in a freer style for a change and although I really like painting delft tiles, this gave an opportunity to take a more carefree approach.

 

BOXING HARES MURAL

BOXING HARES MURAL

Mike has just finished painting this mural today. It is painted in cobalt oxide and this grey mural will change to blue when it is fired. There is a border of blackthorn round the edge and the mural itself has elements requested by the client. Alongside the boxing hares, the main feature, there are her two springer spaniels, a tree that has been struck by lightening, a local landmark, and the typical landscape around Canterbury.

 

LINCOLNSHIRE MURAL

LINCOLNSHIRE MURAL

Mike has just finished a big mural with hares, farm animals and a family. It is for a client who lives in Lincolnshire and who loves the broad open landscape of this region. The spec was for the mural to include some of their farm animals, the children and the St. Botolph's Church, the Boston Stump, seen on the horizon. And to include hares....

 

Temple

Temple

Here's a view of the inside of the temple.

 

Temple

Temple

This spring and summer, we worked on making tiles for a temple structure. This was part of the Sotheby's 'Beyond Limits' exhibition which took place at Chatsworth House in September and October. It was designed and painted by the artist Sandy Brown and Francis Ceramics made the tiles for the walls and floor, 1200 in all. This piece was commissioned by Sothebys for the exhibition which features the UK's and overseas most eminent sculptors.

 

The finished Boxing Hares mural

The finished Boxing Hares mural

This is the finished mural, and the aim is to portray a Sussex Downs landscape in the style of the British artist, Eric Ravilious. The Long Man of Wilmington is shown on the Downs in the distance.

 

Painting the Boxing Hares mural

Painting the Boxing Hares mural

Here's a view of painting the mural and you can see that it is a reasonable size. It is to go on a wall above an Aga and will form a focal point for a large kitchen. Other parts of the kitchen are decorated with British Wild Animal tiles

 

Boxing Hares mural

Boxing Hares mural

This is the drawing for the mural. It features a pair of boxing hares against an Eric Ravilious influenced landscape. There's quite a lot of discussion about what is to go into the mural and several preparation sketches are made before we get to the final drawing.

 

TILES FOR THE RESTORATION OF AN EDWIN LUTYENS HOUSE

TILES FOR THE RESTORATION OF AN EDWIN LUTYENS HOUSE

Last year, we completed a project to make tiles for the restoration of an Edwin Lutyens designed house near Reading. It was an interesting project which ran for more than a year. The client required the tiles to resemble 17th century Dutch originals as closely as possible, even though the views were of an early 20th century building, the idea being that the tiles would be mistaken for originals promoting a second look, a bit of visual humour. See more of these on Facebook.

 

PUZZLE JUGS DRYING

PUZZLE JUGS DRYING

Here are some of the puzzle jugs, drying at the moment, which will be fired in a wood burning kiln. This type of firing will add a richness and depth of colour. They certainly have a bit of humour to them.

 

PUZZLE JUGS

PUZZLE JUGS

It's not often that Mike has time to do any throwing but a recent commission required him to throw some big pieces, all around eighteen inches high. Two artists, who we regularly do work for, wanted to make some pastiches of medieval puzzle jugs and they needed basic jug forms on which to work. Puzzle jugs were made to fool a drinker into spilling ale all over himself. The idea is to find out how to drink the ale without spilling it. By a system of tubes and spouts it is possible to get at the ale but you have to work out which holes to cover with your fingers and which spout to suck on! Puzzle jugs were made from the fifteenth century up until the nineteenth century and were a common form of entertainment in the pub.

 

Pheasants

Pheasants

For someone mad on pheasants who lives in Pheasant Cottage, I've just painted some pheasant tiles. This adds three more images of these birds to our range in the Farm Animals collection.

 

Art Wall and Harmony Field Tiles Panel

Art Wall and Harmony Field Tiles Panel

These brightly coloured tiles have been chosen by a client to make a strong focal point in a new kitchen. The main decoration of the room is quite low key and it was felt that there needed to be something to provide visual interest. The client has an interest in 20th century art and these pastiches of paintings provided the perfect lively installation.

 

Additions to the Country Life Collection

Additions to the Country Life Collection

It is good to have an opportunity to paint these amusing animals and birds and recently, a customer asked for some designs that were not included in our range. This resulted in the addition of another owl, guinea fowl, boxing hares, a goose,a cockerel and a windmill. These images are nice and light-hearted, easy to live with and I think that the naive style of painting I've used emphasises this happy feel. Much can be learned from studying historic tile painting and I've tried to embody the spontaneous feel to the brushwork that is evident in Europe's traditional tiles.

 

 

New range of sheep tiles

New range of sheep tiles

 This is one of a collection of sheep breeds painted for a client recently. There are now nine new sheep tiles in the Farm Animals collection showing Britain's different sheep breeds.

 

Harmony Tile Range

Harmony Tile Range

This is a recent project using our Harmony tile range. 

These shades of yellow, quite close in colour, were custom made for the client who was renovating two fireplaces in a Scottish mansion.  Colours can be made to your requirement in both a shiny and matt glaze surface.  See the Harmony page for examples.

 

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