Last month, Craven Dunnill & Co was “thrilled” to celebrate its milestone 150th anniversary internally with staff and families, the company says.
The UK tile supplier and specialist in the manufacture of traditionally styled, decorative ceramic tiles, celebrated the momentous anniversary with a carnival party hosted for staff and their families.
Simon Howells, managing director, said: “It is an honour and a privilege for us to work each day with the provenance and the heritage of the company at the front and centre of every tile we sell and every project we take on. On this 150th year, I am proud of our passionate workforce, our unrivalled portfolio and our commitment to British craft. We have a responsibility to the preservation of hand skills, craft education and excellence in British design, and are working towards amplifying these stories of our history to inform the next 150 years.
The company says its long-standing commitment to its craft and products is clear. Original production methods are often used, paired with secret glaze recipes and hand-decoration techniques designed to ensure authenticity, provenance and individuality in the tiles. It is this long-held passion for quality, the company says, that forms the foundations for its product collections on offer today. The craftsmanship that went into the production of ceramic tiles during the late Victorian era lives on today at Craven Dunnill Jackfield. Its tiles are still produced at its original factory, Jackfield Tile Works, which is now said to be the oldest surviving purpose-built tile factory in the world.