Cornwall LivingIssue #101
Keeping tradition alive
Mel Chambers champions 13th century techniques to create stunning and utterly unique fired clay tiles.
In a time of great uncertainty, many small businesses have struggled to survive, but being ever the optimist and always finding a silver lining in every cloud, local Cornish artist, Mel Chambers, of Alchemy Tiles, has used the time afforded by the current pandemic wisely, to develop her work to even greater heights.
Although you can normally find her at shows and exhibitions across the UK, her time in isolation in the studio has flowered into stunning new colours and designs, particularly for kitchens, bathrooms and gardens, as well her new online shop.
Mel combines her passion for clay, ancient techniques, philosophy and poetry with her deep ethical and sustainable business ethos to create works of enduring beauty. Each and every tile is hand carved freehand into the wet clay, before being inlaid with coloured clay created from her own unique recipes. The full process from start to finish takes a minimum of two weeks for each piece, but due to this ancient craft, the colours and inspiring words will last eternally.
As one of the only ceramicists in the UK still using this stunning 13th century technique, Mel is not only keeping this old craft alive, but taking it to new frontiers!
So, if you’re looking for something that is bespoke, unique, original and expresses just what you want from the heart, then let Alchemy Tiles create the magic you’re searching for.
Did you know?
Alchemy is “any seemingly magical process of transmuting ordinary materials into something of true merit.” – The Free Dictionary.