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Summer 2023: Ceramic Tile Making

Venue: Cockpit Arts, Bloomsbury

Dates: This workshop ran for three days from Tuesday 8th August 2023 until Thursday 10th August 2023.

Workshop Information

Course Outline

During this workshop, you will learn how to design and decorate bespoke wall tiles. Over the three days you will learn the traditional process of tubelining (popular during the Art Nouveau period), as well as discovering how we replicate unique coloured glazes and designs for restoration projects, such as The Food Halls at Harrods and many of Transport for London’s underground stations.


This workshop will be run by Craven Dunnill Jackfield Ltd, an award-winning tile manufacturer and the UK’s leading manufacturer of traditionally-styled decorative ceramic tiles.


Who are Craven Dunnill Jackfield Ltd?
Craven Dunnill & Co was established in 1872 with the aim of creating high quality encaustic and decorative tiles and specialist ceramics, for both the national and international market. Our original factory was one of the first ever to be built to allow the buildings to work as a ‘production line’, the site was able to bring in basic raw materials at one end and send out incredibly fine ceramics at the other. A skill we still pride ourselves on today. Working from that same factory (also the home of The Jackfield Tile Museum in the historic Ironbridge Gorge), Craven Dunnill Jackfield Ltd make hand crafted tiles, still using predominantly traditional processes. We work on both restoration and new build projects, from a single tile to large scale developments. Our skills are illustrated in the many high-profile restoration projects we have been involved in such as Kew Gardens, Leeds Library and The Palace of Westminster.



This workshop will start at 10am and finish at approximately 4:30pm.


Transferable Skills and Future Careers

All of our workshops give you a valuable chance to develop a range of transferable skills. This is a great workshop for anyone who is interested in learning some of the skills required for careers in: Conservation, Signwriting, Calligraphy, Fine Art, Illustration and Animation. (to name a few)


Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to apply you will need to be 14 – 19 years old during the dates of the workshop.

You should be creative and have an interest in the careers listed above, or similar areas. You should also have good hand-eye co-ordination.

In your application you should demonstrate a passion for working with your hands.

You must be able to attend every day of the workshop.

Please be sure that you have read our Eligibility Criteria and Applications section at the bottom of the Workshop page before applying.


Course Funding

Our workshops are fully-funded by generous sponsors.  Places are limited, therefore, we recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


There are only 12 spaces available on this workshop. If the workshop becomes oversubscribed, we will close the application process early. 


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