Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Relief carved Art deco Rose fairy ceramic tile

Relief carved 4 x 8 nude Rose fairy tile shown here in a taupe underglaze with a clear gloss finish.
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Flowers are the universal symbols of youth and vitality most commonly linked with the paradisal state & feminine beauty.
The Chinese had a saying that for each woman living in this world a flower boomed in the next 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Relief carved ceramic green man tile

Happy May Day!
This is our 6x6 relief carved green man tile, shown here in a dark green underglaze with a clear gloss glaze finish. Available at

Durring the 16th & 17th centuries in the UK May Day was celebrated with garlands of flowers and leaves. These garlands became increasingly elaborate to the extent that they would cover an entire man. This became known as Jack in the green, associated with the green man, one of the most powerful fertility symbols throughout western culture. By the turn of the 19th century, the Victorian disapproval of bawdy, anarchic behaviour replaced the somewhat lewd lord & lady of the May and their practical jokes with a pretty, demure May queen. The noisy, drunken Jack in the green vanished altogether from the May day parades.
The Jack in the green custom finally enjoyed a revival in the 1970's and continues in some places today.