IOM3 visit Craven Dunnill Jackfield heritage tile manufacturers
IOM3 staff day was held on 11 May 2017 at Craven Dunnill, Jackfield heritage tile manufacturers.
Attendees were given a tour of the manufacturing facilities at Craven Dunnill and the Jackfield Museum, which is part of the Ironbridge Gorge Trust complex.
Set in the village Shropshire of Jackfield, the site was once the world centre of the tile industry and is now part of the World Heritage Site at the heart of Britain's Industrial Revolution.
Adrian Blundell, Production Director at Craven Dunnill Jackfield Ltd, spoke to staff about traditional Victorian methods of tile making, as well as showing the process of manufacturing.
Decorated with inlaid patterns of different-coloured clays, Craven Dunnill encaustic tiles are extensively used for church tiling schemes, from parish churches to cathedrals. The company's wall tiles have also been used on the interiors of the Palace of Westminster, with tens of thousands of bespoke encaustic tiles manufactured for St. Stephen’s Hall, the Members' Entrance, the Welsh Lobby, the Lower Waiting Hall and the Royal Gallery.
Bernie Rickinson said: “Given the Institute’s interaction with ceramic activity across the UK, it has been a real delight to call on the experts at Craven Dunnill, and equally for staff to participate in this experience.”
The day’s highlights included a focus group session, exploring the national collections and creating personalised tiles in the museum workshop.
Many thanks go to members of staff who attended, and to Jackfield Tile Museum for donating the meeting space and the day’s activities.