‘Flight I’ 2020. Ceramic hand painted tiles with transfers. Recent commission for kitchen splash back for a lovely purple AGA.

Tile making 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. It is important to paint two or three panels at a time as the tile panels are painted in one go and if even one or two tiles are lost in the firings (cracking tiles or crawling of transfers etc), the whole panel is lost. Unlike an oil painting, where the surface can be reworked, once the tiles are fired no further adjustment can be made. Each panel goes through two firings. One glaze firing, once I have finished painting the panel 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 digitally to the ceramic transfer supplier and once the transfer sheets are delivered, I can then cut them out and apply them to the glazed tiles. The transfers take 24hrs 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. (I have even laid them on an electric blanket on cold days in the studio to keep them warm.)

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. See a wide range of my prints here or bespoke designs welcome. Give me a ring anytime to discuss your requirements.

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Tiles can either be mounted into a tray frame or simply fixed onto waterproof plyboard.

This fireplace commission included a panel of seventy two 15cm x 15cm tiles with transfers. The largest single painted panel I have completed so far. Completed in 2018 it features the small islands in the Forth from the May, Bass, Lamb, Craig to Fidra.

Inspired by these nine tile pieces called Flight Up The Forth, the client requested the same theme for fireplace above.

If you would like to commission one of my tiles panels for your kitchen, fireplace, bathroom or conservatory, please contact me anytime and I would be happy to discuss any requirements. Prices start from £40 per tile including transfers and mounting on board or into tray frame. (Not installation or tiling.)

Individual tile size approx. 15cm x 15cm. Format of tiles can be either square or horizontal or vertical format and include either being mounted in a tray frame (up to 15 tiles) or mounted on plyboard. They can also be picked up loose to be cemented into desired location. Each are numbered on back.