New tile attraction for Ironbridge

New tile attraction for Ironbridge New tile attraction for Ironbridge
Jackfield Tile Museum, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire’s World Heritage Site, is offering groups a special Terrific Tiles package to highlight a new collection.

Over 1,000 tiles and 300 tile panels of outstanding quality and international significance have been donated by a private collector including examples by the most prestigious designers and manufacturers from the 1850s through to the 1960s, such as Pugin, Dresser, Morris, De Morgan and Bawden.

John Scott has been collecting tiles for over 50 years, amassing what many regard to be the finest collection of tiles in private hands. A new gallery exclusively housing the collection will open at Jackfield Tile Museum in July meaning that the site will house one of the world’s foremost collections of decorative tiles.

To celebrate the opening groups can book a Terrific Tiles package, which will include a curatorial tour, visit to the new John Scott gallery, afternoon tea and the chance to decorate their own tiles in a workshop session.

The private tour will take in the museum’s many tile displays and room settings before finishing in the new gallery. Afterwards groups will enjoy afternoon tea in the café and have the opportunity to show-off their artistic abilities when they decorate a 6-inch tile at a tubelining workshop. This is a decorating technique where liquid clay is piped onto the tile’s surface and then in-filled with colourful glazes; it’s still used by skilled craftspeople at the Craven Dunnill tile factory today.

The Terrific Tiles package costs £18.50 per person and should be pre-booked. It will be available for a minimum of 20 people from mid-July 2014 onwards.