Reptile Tile & Ceramics are exhibitiing at Made by Hand, Cardiff from 3 - 5 November
Crafts Council Maker of the Week, Reptile Tiles & Ceramics, talks to us about getting into making, what inspires them and their favourite part of the making process. Reptile Tiles & Ceramics is made up by husband and wife Ed and Carlo.
Who or what got you into making?
Both of us studied fine art so came to it from the decorative side. We did a wonderful ceramics class at Bolt Court in London in the 80s with the ever helpful and exuberant Don Dewar. Several of us went on from his classes to become professional potters.
Could you please tell us a bit about your work?
We have been making a living from making tiles and ceramics since 1988. Most of our work is commissioned tile panels - usually for private customers who just come across our website.
Maiolica - tin glazed earthenware - has always been our method. I was initially drawn to it for the colour response, but love the spontaneity of it. We make our own tiles - it has taken many years to perfect our technique!
What are your inspirations?
Inspirations are wide and various: always the natural world around us, antique tin glazed tiles and wares, old embroideries and textiles, folk art, Picasso, and at the moment old Chinese wallpaper. I have always kept sketchpads and refer back to them constantly.
What is your favourite part of the making process?
Painting. I love getting my hands dirty with the clay work, but painting is the thing I always look forward to the most. Especially if there is a good play on Radio 4!
What are you working on right now?
I have just finished a large Chinoiserie panel for a shower - a couple of months ago Ed painted one for another shower. After the show we have a few tile commissions lined up - a Delft style panel of Welsh castles, a bird panel, and a penguin panel.