It’s important to us here at Diary of a Tile Addict to make space for every and anyone who creates, enjoys, and adds to the tile world. To fulfil that we spend quite some time searching for smaller tile companies that can get buried below large manufacturers and well-known names. Our monthly round-ups of companies to keep an eye on adds to this exposure, but we first like to give the companies an article all to themselves. And today we’re doing just that with a company based on home turf – Black Dog.
Based in Bath, this family run company takes its creative direction from Philippa Threlfall, a ceramicist whose work (along with Black Dog’s) we covered many years ago. With clay sourced from Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, the focus here is entirely British, even up to the materials used to pack the finished products.
Natural terracotta is the star of Black Dog’s designs with beautiful intricacies laid bare over the burnt orange surface. Inspiration found from British history is clear amongst the ranges, with stunning creations depicting Tudor roses, Medieval figures, and Celtic motifs residing amongst the pieces.
Celebrating the beauty of the British countryside, collections featuring badgers, hedgehogs, frogs, squirrels, and other wildlife offer charming rustic decor. For something more personal, Black Dog offer a customisation process whereby names and messages can be included amongst existing motifs and imagery.
A new post by Joe Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, April 2021.