For the first time, this book uncovers the fascinating history and diverse design of decorative ceramic tiles in Britain during the 20th century. Following extensive research and study, author Chris Blanchett, a well-known British tile enthusiast and collector, has compiled the story of the smaller craft companies and studios that made such lively and exciting tiles during this vibrant period. Over 850 striking color photographs illustrate the work of well-known designers from the past such as Bernard Leach and William Staite Murray, more recent tile makers such as Maggie Berkowitz and Eleanor Greeves, and innovative craft companies such as Smoke and Fire and Royce Wood. Two additional titles in the series cover the many commercial manufacturers who also produced decorative tiles during the 20th century. Each book features an entry for each maker, listing all known addresses, a short history of the firm and its products, a gallery of tile images, and a section on identification and dating. A bibliography is included as well as a glossary, comprehensive index, and price guide. This beautiful and informative book is an essential reference for all who are fascinated with the art of tile.
Chris Blanchett has been collecting tiles since 1979 and has one of the largest private collections in the U.K. He is a member of the Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society and an honorary Life Member of the Tile Heritage Foundation. Since 1999, Chris has specialized in collecting and documenting British tiles of the 20th century.