Esther is no longer working in ceramics at present due to re-location of her studio.

‘Silent Sea’ 2022

Hand painted ceramic tiles with transfers.

‘ We are thrilled to have something so beautiful to look at every day. Thank you for working with us so patiently to get to the perfect outcome.’ JD 2023

‘Flight I’ 2020.

Photograph by Jean Manson www.jeanmanson.gallery

Recent commission of Ailsa Craig. 60cm x 45cm

Ordering a Commission

If you would like to commission one of my tile panels for either your kitchen, fireplace, bathroom or conservatory, please contact me anytime and I would be happy to discuss any requirements.

Prices from £40 per tile.

Individual tile size approx. 15cm x 15cm. Format of tiles can be either square, horizontal or vertical format.

They can be:

a. Mounted in a tray frame (up to 15 tiles)

b. Mounted on plyboard with or without a wooden beading trim to be hung or moved wherever and whenever you like. (Example above)

c. Picked up loose to be cemented into desired location. Each are numbered on back. Professional tiler recommended for this option.

Contact Esther here. Happy to chat about your commission requirements.

Tile Painting Process

Coloured underglaze powders mixed with liquid clay slip are used to paint my tiles. I use flat and round head paint brushes. The liquid underglazes are mixed on a board to achieve desired depth or lightness of colour. When working on commissions, I usually work up a couple ideas for the panel, firing two or even three panels with slightly varying colours and ideas for the theme. Each panel goes through two firings. One glaze firing and then one transfer firing. Once out the kiln (and cooled) the glazed tiles are then scanned individually into Photoshop so images for the transfers can be designed to scale. The images are then sent to the ceramic transfer supplier at fotoceramic. Once the transfer sheets are delivered, I can then cut them out and apply them to the glazed tiles. The transfers take couple hours to dry on the surface of the tiles, cut with a scalpel if they overlay two or more tiles (this is where breaks and crawls can occur) then kept at 20degrees so the transfers don’t get cold and crack or split.

Ordering Fine Art Prints from Tiles

I can also make my tiles commissions into Giclee prints on customers request. These are produced by scanning the tiles individually into Photoshop and then working digitally to complete the final print. Giclee prints can be printed on ph neutral papers or canvas lasting up to 75 years without fading. The original ceramic tile piece will last forever. My images can also be used for custom digital splash backs.

Credits for images of birds created with kind permission from original photographs by Jean Manson www.jeanmanson.gallery