Iris Milward

Ceramic artist from Totnes, Devon

Handmade tiles decorated in poetry.

Do you love poetry enough to liberate it from the bookshelf and bring it into your everyday life?

I use clay as a medium to carry poetry so that it can be a constant visual presence in our lives. Tiles can be used for walls, floors, parts of furniture, ‘read-as-you-go’ footpaths and fountains – “a thing of beauty” either indoors or out in the garden.

Each tile is unique, made individually by hand and decorated with words. Most of the tiles are inlaid, a process, in which I carve the pattern in the clay while it is still wet. This technique has been used since Roman times to make patterned floor tiles.

To see more if Iris Milward’s work, please click on her tag in the right hand column.

A selection of poertry tiles are now available as greeting cards, as well.