Decorated tiles made at Tyler Hill, Canterbury
Tiles like these were made by pressing clay into a mould and filling the pattern indented in the clay with slip (slightly diluted clay) of another colour, before glazing and firing. They were expensive and used in cathedrals, abbeys, churches and royal palaces. Many depict flowers or mythical beasts such as dragons. They can be joined in various ways for extended and repeat patterns.
Alfred Palmer (1877-1951)
Plaster is made from the earth mineral Gypsum, which also forms the Selenite on display in the case opposite focused on Glass.
Porcelain, often called bisque, was used in the manufacture of dolls until the advent of plastic. Fine features could be modelled and painted for faces. Usually it was just the head, and perhaps also the hands and forearms, that were made of porcelain and attached to cloth or wooden bodies.
Bequeathed by Miss Anne Clelland, 2003
Ship of Fools
2012, Clive Soord
Clive Soord is a sculptor in ceramics, and a ceramics tutor at Canterbury College. He can be seen within his studio in the photograph by Neil Sloman displayed in the Materials and Masters room.
“Ship of Fools is a work inspired by the old saying ‘too many steersmen sink the ship’. It’s a satirical political work. The tall ship is indicative of the ships we had when we had an empire. Westminster represents our seat of government on the poop deck, and we have a gaggle of politicians all waving their white papers pointing in different directions. The figurehead on HMS Britain is Thatcher, running the ship aground on the Grand Banks RBS, Lloyds etc.”