The tiny artform you may not have heard of

We’ve covered mosaics aplenty here at Tile Addict, but none were quite as small as this. Micromosaics are a minute form of their more common older sister, often decorating elaborate pieces of jewellery and enjoyed only by those that can get close enough to see them. The earliest, finest, and best surviving examples of historic micromosaics come from the Late Byzantine period (roughly 1300 to … Continue reading The tiny artform you may not have heard of

A new place for tile

Last year a fabulous exhibition stretched the possibility of tile far outside of it’s comfort zone. Philadelphia-based artist Sean Gerstley‘s solo show Tile Block presented a patchwork of ceramic creations designed for the home. Skirting the boundaries of what it means to be tile, some of Gerstley’s furniture pieces are very much not tile, especially the hand-pinched lighting structures, whilst others blend tile with 3D … Continue reading A new place for tile

The man who wants to mosaic Sudan

Hoping to spread the joyful art of mosaics throughout Sudan is artist and teacher Abou Bakr al-Sherif. Despite being an ancient artform, mosaics haven’t been popular throughout Sudan. This lack of popularity makes sourcing glass tesserae difficult and expensive, so instead Sherif uses what is available (usually ceramics) to create his artworks. To ignite national interest in mosaics, he is decorating public spaces with portraits … Continue reading The man who wants to mosaic Sudan

Scenes of London Life

An artist from a young age, London-based Helen Beard has made a living observing life and translating it into ink and watercolour. With bespoke pieces ranging from bowls and vases to decorative ornaments, Beard’s hand-painted ceramics offer joyful scenes with unusual, quaint themes. Transferring lightly pigmented and delicately detailed paintings into ceramics is no easy feat. The process begins with freehand outlines, created using a … Continue reading Scenes of London Life

Voltaire’s Vibrant Lavatories

On Friday Clapham-based not-for-profit arts organisation Studio Voltaire reopened with a fresh face. Revitalising this important space by creating 42% more artist studios, a kitchen, a workshop, and two residency studios, this project has gone well beyond improving the look and utility of Studio Voltaire. Continue reading Voltaire’s Vibrant Lavatories

Welcome to the colourful world of Julie Edmunds

Wielding the power of colour and taking mosaic mastery to dizzying heights is today’s featured artist – Hertfordshire-based Julie Edmunds. Beginning in textiles and moving across mediums into chalk, and finally into glass, Edmunds’s art has always made colour front and centre. Continue reading Welcome to the colourful world of Julie Edmunds

Bathrooms become conceptual centres

With work featuring on the cover of The New Yorker, National Geographic, and The New York Times, today’s featured artist isn’t exactly underground. He’s drawn live at the Venice Art Biennale, the London Olympics, and the New York City Marathon (whilst running it), and hand-drew a 360 degree VR animation for The New Yorker. But somehow it’s his… bathrooms that we’re most interested in. Christoph … Continue reading Bathrooms become conceptual centres

Maude Made’s Many Motifs

Creator, painter, illustrator, seamstress, stylist, and decorator Maude Smith has her fingers in a lot of pies. Thankfully for us one of those pies is tile design. At Maude Made three distinct categories separate hundreds of delicately detailed drawings transfer printed onto tiles – botanical, blue, and red. Flowers, seaweed, butterflies, snails, leaves, frogs, and ducks are just a few of the features in the … Continue reading Maude Made’s Many Motifs