Another large scale hand painted Chinoiserie tile commission.

This is a good example of the process of commissioning a hand painted tile panel.

We have just completed our 7th large scale Chinoiserie panel, this time for a bathroom in Cornwall.
The tiles are being installed behind the bath.
The clients wanted it based on the first Chinoiserie panel we painted:

Chinoiserie tiles

Chinoiserie bathroom

Our starting point was getting the measurements and specific design requirements, then we sent out colour tile samples and a full colour design (this is included in the price for large tile panels).
They chose to have their panel painted onto machine made 152 x 152 x 7 mm tiles.

Lemons were included to mirror some of the fabric being used in the bathroom and adjoining room. Suitable yellows had to be chosen so the lemons stood out against the background. The flowers were also loosely based on the floral fabric, and transformed into magnolias and peonies.
The client also wanted some butterflies – a particular favourite of ours, so we based them on the butterflies found in Cornwall: Silver Studded Blue, Brown Argus, Dingy Skipper and Grizzled Skipper, as well as more widespread butterflies such as Fritillary, Red Admiral, Tortoiseshell, and Peacock.

Below are some pictures of the panel laid out on the table during painting:

The tiles are all numbered on the back before painting and carefully loaded in order. They are stacked in the kiln in order and then fired to 1060º Centigrade.
Once cooled (the whole process takes about 36 hours for a full kiln) the tiles are all painted with the yellow background colour again – this gives a softer and richer yellow and makes a huge difference to the finished look. The tiles are then fired to 1060º again. (Colours other than yellow can be used for the background, or sometimes all the colour is in the birds, flowers and butterflies, and the background is left white).

Once out of the kiln they are carefully laid out in sections on the table and numbered again more clearly.

Some butterfly close ups:

Butterfly tiles

We pack our tiles extremely thoroughly in order, with the numbers of the tiles marked on each box. We also enclose a photo of the whole panel and another numbered picture of the whole tile panel. We like to make things as easy as possible for the tiler.
We are also responsible for any tiles broken in transit – an extreme rarity as we pack them so thoroughly.

When we get a picture of the tiles in situ I will add it to this blog.

Floral tiles

Floral scene with birds

This is the last commission completed in 2019. Birds and flowers are two of our favourite things to paint. This tile panel is for behind a cooker, for a lovely couple in Hereford. The birds and flowers are all from their garden. Even down to their one legged blackbird they call “Hoppy”. The commission was on 12cm handmade tiles made to fit the space.

The tiles were finished with gold and coloured lustres on all the insects.

Flower and bird tiles

Welsh cottage tiles

Cottage tiles

Ed is developing a couple of new ranges of tiles – here is one of them: Welsh Cottage tiles.

These can be personalised too with your own, or a favourite, cottage on them.
It is also possible to have a large tile panel painted in the same style. The colours can also be personalised.

Welsh cottage tilesWelsh cottage tiles

Diatom commission

A commission for some lovely customers in Herefordshire, for a dark area of the kitchen. The before and after pictures show how much brighter and larger it makes the space. We mixed up a special yellow glaze for the commission. We unloaded the tiles from the kiln on a very dark Winter’s day and it was like letting sunshine into the studio.

Handmade at Kew

WE are slowly getting back to normal after a great time at Handmade at Kew, held in Kew Gardens in London. Lots of sales and plenty of interest, so we are hoping to get some Chinoiserie commissions from it. Our dearest wish is to be able to tile a whole room one day! The next show we are doing is Made By Hand in Cardiff City Hall 2 – 4th November 2018.

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peacock head

Chinoiserie tiles

Another Chinoiserie tile panel for a shower – this time in Oxfordshire.

These are our favourite tiles to paint. When we exhibit at Kew in early October we will be showing only Chinoiserie tiles.

Peacock tile panel

Chinoiserie Peacock tile panel

Green Delft Animal Tiles

This is a set of handmade 5″ Delft Animal tiles painted in Apple and Juniper green for a customer in Canada.

twelve Delft animal tiles

twelve Delft animal tiles

Thirty Delft Animal Tiles

Thirty Delft Animal Tiles

Coffee and Tea tiles

This is a set of tiles sent to Australia for a kitchen refurb.
The range was developed years ago for Waitrose upermarkets for their cafés. We took the range off the website a couple of years ago, but now I am revamping it, and it will go back up soon.

Coffee and tea panel

Coffee and tea panel

Some star tiles for behind the sink:

Star tiles

Diatom Tiles

A customer kindly sent some photographs of her lovely new bathroom – we painted the Diatom tiles for her at the beginning of the year.

Wild flower tiles

Wild Flower Tiles

We have had a couple of commissions this year for full colour wild flower tiles – I think these will be much more popular than the monochrome versions.

Wild flower tiles

Wild flower tiles

New and updated ranges for 2018

We have three new ranges for 2018: Galleons, Wildflowers and Delft Birds & Bees.

We also have two completely revamped ranges: Delft Animals and Diatoms.

It feels good to see new and improved ranges going on the website – I feel we are still getting better after 30 years in business (this March!)

Black and white tiles for above a cooker

This is a commission we have just finished and installed locally, near Cardigan.
All black and white handmade 5″ tiles, depicting a variety of local places of interst along with over 30 local wild flowers.

I have decided to make the wild flowers a new range and will try some out in full colour.
I have always had a thing about wild flowers!

 

Made By Hand, Cardiff

I had a wonderful time at Made By Hand in Cardiff over the weekend. Plenty of sales and a marvellous array of beautiful crafts on display.
Here are a few pictures of our stand.

Victoria Fearn Gallery Exhibition

Carlo’s tiles and ceramics are currently being exhibited in the Victoria Fearn Gallery in Rhiwbina, Cardiff until the end of June, alongside Ed’s plein air Welsh landscape paintings.

Ceramics

Carlo’s ceramics

ceramics and plein air paintings

Ceramics and paintings

Victoria Fearn gallery

Victoria Fearn gallery

Chinoiserie tiles

A recent commission for an open stairwell in a new-build house in London.

A Chinoiserie tile panel with magnolia, birds and butterflies.

 

Ceramics in the city

I am exhibiting at the Geffrye Museum in Shoreditch, London this week – opening evening Thursday 22nd September 6 – 8.30pm (opening evening), then Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th September 10am – 5pm.

It is free entry – an exhibition of 55 potters in a lovely museum.
Here are a few things I will be taking