General view of workshop West wall

2013

The building in my garden which I use as a workshop was built sometime at the end of the 19th century. In it’s time it has been used as a wash house, a pottery as well as a dwelling house for, by repute, an “old lady” and a “gardener”. The construction is a strange mix of rendered Victorian brick and shuttered beach pebble concrete. I thought about doing something in the tradition of seaside “shell houses” and set about acquiring a collection of old tiles. The tiles and fragments span almost 700 years from medieval “Thames finds” to 60’s art pottery work, encompassing the golden eras of Dutch and English tile making. In addition, ceramics from Spain, Italy, Gemany, Portugal, Japan as well as North Africa and the Middle East are all represented. Each piece has been carefully set into the wall.

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