al·che·my (noun) – “any seemingly magical process of transmuting ordinary materials
into something of true merit.“
Using clay as a medium, Alchemy Tiles carries poetry and inspiring quotes to become a constant visual presence in our lives. The tiles can decorate walls, floors, parts of furniture, read-as-you-go footpaths and fountains – “a thing of beauty” indoors or outdoors.
Many people ask me how my tiles are made as most don’t realise they are hand carved, using ancient techniques dating back to 13th Century. So with every tile given, I’ve written a small poem to reveal the journey and the magic of what goes into each creation. Enjoy…
BEFORE I CAME TO BE IN YOUR HANDS…
I have been rolled and my shape cut by hand
Then using ancient techniques from far across lands,
My image and script hand carved in wet clay
With wisdom and poetry to inspire you each day.
4 different colours of slip then applied
To fill in those carvings and then left to dry.
Then to be scraped and my design now revealed
To be dried once again before I’m then sealed,
In a coating of glaze with a crackle for show
Then fired raw, so long and so slow.
So fragile and delicate at each stage I must be
Until I transform in the fires that embrace me
When I emerge, still warm to the touch
A stain is wiped over, a little, not much.
And then I am ready to be held in your hands
With magic and tales from far across lands.
Images, quotes and poetry sublime
All held eternal, in earth and in time.
Sizes are approximate
Small square (15 x 15cm) £40
Medium Square (19 x 19cm) £70
Large Square (21 x 21cm) £80
Arch (16 x 25cm) £70
Small rectangle (14 x 20cm) £50
Large rectangle (20 x 28cm) £100
XL Rectangle (30 x 37cm) £160
Tiles can also be purchased from galleries all over the UK.
Please click here for a list and links to gallery websites.