Some important tiles and original artwork from two estates of people who designed for Carters tiles up for auction at Cottees of Wareham 17 May 2014 at 10:00AM





TACS has no association with this event. Participation in events is at your own risk, and TACS accepts no liability of any kind whatsoever, howsoever arising.

Posted by: tilesocorguk | September 28, 2013

Poole Pottery Auction – Cottees of Wareham – 16th November 2013

There will be an auction of Poole Pottery at Cottees of Wareham on the 16th of November 2013. This will include some important tiles and original artwork from two estates of people who designed for Carters tiles.

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Posted by: tilesocorguk | September 5, 2013

St John’s Rochdale open for Heritage Open Days 2013

If you missed the TACS Visit to Rochdale in March there will be another chance to see the fantastic Eric Newton Oppenheimer Mosaics at St John the Baptist R.C. Church in Rochdale during the Heritage Open Days 2013 weekend Thursday 12th September to Sunday 15th September

St John’s have written to TACS saying that the church is open for the Heritage Open Days weekend, despite website saying it’s cancelled!

Rochdale Town Hall and many other locations in the area will also be open during the weekend.

Saturday 14 September 2013
The church of St Mary and St John the Divine, Balham High Road, London SW12 9BS will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 14th September 2013 in their own, earlier version of Open House. (This year they are unable to participate in the usual London Open House weekend which is a week later) Guides will be available to answer questions about the building, its history and its place in the community. The church contains fine examples of opus sectile “mosaics” by Powell and Sons and a guide will be on hand to discuss them. Tours of the church and refreshments will also be available. Information about travel to Balham and the location of the church can be found at

Posted by: tilesocorguk | March 7, 2013

The Potteries Tile Trail – Community Research Team

The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society has been recruiting local people from Stoke-on-Trent for a unique ‘community research team’. Those taking part will visit key collections, access unusual archive material and visit recognised (as well as forgotten architectural ceramic gems) ‘in situ’ across Stoke-on-Trent.

The first ‘study visit’ day took place last Wednesday and was very successful. Sixteen people met each other at Gladstone Pottery Museum. It began with everyone introducing themselves to each other. There are people from many different backgrounds and motivations. For example – Bryan Sage has 50 years of very high-level experience in tile manufacture. He trained and worked with H&R Johnsons for many years and has worked for companies in America, Italy and Spain. Bret Shah is an educator who moved into a house with a beautiful Minton tile hallway. He took photographs and was also inspired to make ‘geometric illustrations’ of the patterns using computer-aided design. He shared his photographs and artwork with neighbours and has since taken photographs and made illustrations that document the tiles of many houses in his street!

Gladstone Director Angela Lee then led a wonderful introductory tour of the Tile Gallery that promoted lively conversations and further exploration. After lunch the team were treated to a true Potteries’ architectural gem and tile masterpiece – Herbert Minton and Charles Lynam’s stunning Holy Trinity Church at Hartshill.

The team will be meeting up in Stoke-on-Trent again in two weeks time for a second day exploring the City’s somewhat forgotten tiles and architectural ceramics ‘collection’. They will discover fine examples on and in buildings and in public spaces including homes, schools, pubs, churches, factories, town halls and parks. Participants will also get the chance to see present day tile production in the City. Two remaining more study visit will explore key collections and locations in Ironbridge and London.

Two connected project website resources have been launched. Information about the community research team and the tiles and architectural ceramics they find will be promoted and shared using these resources. There are opportunities for anyone to comment, add to the stories or information presented and contribute their own examples of tiles and architectural ceramics to share.

We would particularly welcome contributions from TACS members! Here are the two resources for you to explore:

On the website you will also find a link to ‘The Potteries Tile Trail | HistoryPin Channel’. The project ‘channel’ is a dedicated space where you can find more project resources and add your own contributions if you sign up to Google+. Please do – its easy, free and harmless!

Posted by: tilesocorguk | February 12, 2013

The Potteries | Tile Trail

Did you know that there is a unique Minton Tile Ceiling in the middle of Central Park New York? The 15,000 individual tiles that adorn Bethesda Terrace were made in Stoke-on-Trent during the 1860s. This is just one of the many fascinating stories about Stoke-on-Trent’s historic tile industry that local people will explore and share as part of a new project called ‘The Potteries Tile Trail’.

The Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society are leading this exciting partnership project. We have been successful in gaining a £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) as part of their national All Our Stories initiative. This is great news – it is the first successful HLF bid that TACS has achieved and by far the most external funding the organisation has gained in our 30year history!

Local people will have the opportunity to join a research team who will explore the historic and present day stories behind the City’s internationally significant industry.

This team will then share their findings to the wider community through public presentation events in each of the six towns. The wider community will be encouraged to add to the stories with their knowledge and memories.

The stories gathered will contribute to the development of The Potteries Tile Trail – a dedicated booklet and website resource featuring a series of self-guided walks that aim to encourage others to explore the amazing story of Stoke-on-Trent’s historic and present day tile industry.

For more information please contact Danny Callaghan:

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Posted by: tilesocorguk | February 10, 2013

Victoria Ellis Exhibition and Demonstration AFE NEC April 2013

Victoria Ellis (GE70) will be demonstrating and exhibiting her work at Antiques for Everyone, NEC Brimingham 4th to 7th April 2013.

Exhibition Flyer

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Posted by: tilesocorguk | January 14, 2013

Murals in Britain 1920-1970: Revisions, revelations and risks

One-day conference at Morley College,

60 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT
Friday 8 March 2013

Organised by Alan Powers for The Twentieth Century Society, in association with the exhibition Mural and Decorative Painting 1920-1970 at the Fine Art Society, London

The conference reveals some of the hidden treasures of mural painting and decoration in Britain from the mid twentieth century, often neglected in terms of scholarship, awareness and conservation, and therefore frequently at risk of destruction. By a combination of recording and interpretation, and with the help of conservation pressure from official and independent bodies, the history of loss could be halted and the remaining works retained and valued as important contributions to the past and future of British art.

9.30 Registration
10.00 Opening address Nick Rampley, Vice-Principal of Morley College

Chair for morning: Dr Robert Upstone, Fine Art Society

Session 1: Murals and art history
10.15 Professor Clare Willsdon, University of Glasgow, author Mural Painting in Britain, 1840-1940
‘Mural traditions: Britain and Abroad’

10.45 Dr Alan Powers, Twentieth Century Society
‘Why are murals so neglected by art history?’

11.15 Coffee

Session 2: Murals and two world wars
11.45 Dr Jonathan Black, Senior Research Fellow, Kingston University
‘Gentle Lessons for the Nation: Mural Painting in Britain and the Two World Wars.’

12.15 Dr Margaret Garlake, author New Art/New World: British Art in Postwar Society (1998)
‘Medium, image, place in postwar murals’

12.45 Discussion of morning

13.00 Lunch

Chair for afternoon: Dr Emma Chambers, Tate Britain

Session 3: Bridging gaps in knowledge and interpretation

14.00 Dr Lynn Pearson, independent historian, author of Public Art since 1950 and A Field Guide to Postwar Murals.
‘In search of modern murals’

14.30 Dr Jeremy Howard, University of St Andrews and The Decorated School Project
‘Extra?: Murals in Schools’

14.50 Henrietta Billings, Conservation Advisor, Twentieth Century Society.
Tile panels by Dorothy Annan in Farringdon Road and other case studies

15.10 Tea

Session 4: Angels and agencies
15.30 Dr Roger Bowdler, Head of Designation, English Heritage.
‘Wall-to-wall protection: Designating the 20th century mural’

16.00 Andy Ellis, Public Catalogue Foundation.

16.30 Summaries and discussion.

17.00 Ends

Cost £30 including refreshments (students £20)

Booking on (The Twentieth Century Society, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ)

TACS has no association with this event. Participation in events is at your own risk, and TACS accepts no liability of any kind whatsoever, howsoever arising.

Posted by: tilesocorguk | September 27, 2012

TACS Glazed Expressions Issue 70 just published

Articles in this edition

  • A Brief History of Architectural Terracotta in the USA Amy Smith
  • Recollections of Designs Trends in British Ceramic Tiles David Malkin
  • Missing Months of the Year Tiles Ian Betts
  • Contemporary Tile Maker – Victoria Ellis Victoria Ellis
  • Obituary – Kenneth Clark Penny  Beckett
  • 17th Century Patterned Azulejos from Portugal Rosário Salema de Carvalho et al
  • Chumy Chúmez –  Two Pictorial Tile Works in Madrid Cleota Ree
  • A Tale of  Tenement Tiles is Glasgow Fiona Sinclair

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Posted by: tilesocorguk | June 24, 2012

New Lisbon Tile Photos

Click the link below to see some new Lisbon tile photos by Richard Selby.

For more photos of Lisbon tiles click the link below see the photos from the TACS Visit in 2009

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