The British Artists and Crafts movement from Craven Dunnill Jackfield and Brian Clarke

The British Artists and Crafts movement from Craven Dunnill Jackfield and Brian Clarke

October 2021

The art installation at Beaverbrook Spa by Craven Dunnill Jackfield, and British artist Brian Clarke, is a magical meeting of British, traditional manufacturing, craftsmanship, and artistry.

Dating back to 1866, the quintessentially English, Beaverbrook Estate is a charming retreat overlooking the Surrey Hills.  The beautiful art installation encompasses a vibrant and uplifting flower-theme with a mix of stained-glass panels and skylights, as well as ceramic tiles and mosaics.  The floor-to-ceiling grid of ceramic tiles is decorated with a series of ceramic poppies running throughout the overall scheme.

Originally conceptualised as watercolours, the hand-made ceramic poppies by Craven Dunnill Jackfield, were made to respond to the rich light of the stained-glass skylights.  The same metal oxides used in the stained glass were used by Craven Dunnill Jackfield for the tiles, creating a vivid and luminous experience for visitors.

To create the tiles, Craven Dunnill Jackfield used a mixture of processes from casting to glaze application.

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