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Of all the paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given moment, a best path. ~Thomas Carlyle
I make tiles based on William Morris and William De Morgan designs and an increasingly wider circle around that: Morris-ish interests, Victorian culture and Victorian medievalism, early and later Arts and Crafts, Morris & Co., Pre-Raphaelite ceramics, the Rossetti Pre-Raphaelites.
Art made by the people for the people, as a joy to the maker and the user... ~William Morris
Finding your way here is easier, and more secure, than Facebook but not as easy as Amazon. This page should help people who feel the website is not very organized, who probably didn't click on the link to this page and want to click on images to get to what they want, but may not know what that is and which is different from person to person. What can I do? This is my best try. Each of these pages contains a listing of all the tiles / articles in its content area. All pages are also listed in the site map.
Arts & Crafts: English, Scottish, American, California. Also in Morris and De Morgan
Pre-Raphaelite Art on tile. Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Waterhouse, and others.
General Victorian - Classic blue and white tiles, nursery tiles and Golden Age fairytale tiles, Victorian era themes.
Medieval and Victorian Medieval - dragons, bestiary, medieval herbals
Tiles from Textiles - Tiles based on William Morris, Arts & Crafts, Medieval and Victorian textile designs
First Time Here? (You are here)
Getting Started (Designing Your Project)
Most visitors here belong to one of these groups:
Scholars referred from academia.edu or elsewhere who are here for research, not tile. Cut directly to the
Net Surfers who are idea shopping and appreciate the kitchen sink approach. I do that, too. You'll get there faster with the
Customer Installation Photos or
People Looking for Tile for their homes, either period renovations or new construction, who share Morris aesthetic values that allow more personal expression of their taste than mass-market tile can provide.
Getting Started - A step-by-step brief introduction to decorative tile, with instructions measuring and designing for your project. Some thoughts on choosing tile for restoration projects and a brief chat about how the Morris Arts & Crafts philosophy is given form in the decorative arts.
Tile Catalog - The gateway to tile catalogs, galleries, ideas and installation photos. The catalogs will give you an overview but you'll miss out on the many variations and options if you go no deeper. I include some backstory on individual tiles when I know it.
Please read: Not all tiles and colors of every pattern are shown in the catalog and galleries. Some tiles are shown on marble but are also available on ceramic. Follow the links to the product pages to see colors and variations.
I know it's handy to order a bunch of catalogs and then go through them with your significant other and decide on tile. But I'm a single artisan making tile, not a big box store that stocks tiles, so I can't compete in that way. I am constantly adding and deleting designs, adding color choices and such. The dynamic content is actually a feature, but it does make the printed catalog unworkable.
Current prices are posted on the individual product pages. The featured tile is listed on the home page so it's worth checking there.
If I have your mailing address, I will send an occasional postcard featuring a tile with an interesting backstory, which I intend will be pretty enough for bookmarks and not make its way immediately to a landfill. The point is to remind you of William Morris Tile's existence, not to hard sell anything.
My work is the embodiment of dreams in one form or another. ~William Morris
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