have just been involved with 6 tilemaking workshops involving
students and the public from the area .This was an excellent
project for the following reasons.
To quote "The main
aim of the workshops is to produce 6x6 floor tiles decorated
with the traditional North Devon techniques of slip and scraffitto.
North Devon Pottery is world famous for delightful illustrations
depicting rural husbandry and organic decoration, and often
quizzical rhymes or sayings for example 'a puzzle jug' with
the inscription ' to drink and not to spill'.
Involvement of local school children in the following
Taking the children into
a workshop enviroment [The old Bideford Art School is an excellent
and under-used facility]
Giving the children three
new skills, tile-making, scraffitto, and slip trailing.These
require not only manual dexterity but challenge their creative
Raising the awareness of the pottery heritage in the
The kiln in the park as the place to fire the tiles.