Welbeck Tiles is Britain’s leading handmade tile company, producing the most innovative and beautiful tiles of our time.
All of our tiles are designed and made in our small workshop in Cornwall, using traditional techniques that have been in use in the pottery industry for more than a century. This small-scale, batch production gives the tiles a truly unique quality which could never be replicated in mass-production. We have a small team of people who have a genuine affinity with clay, and have a real passion for creating beautiful tiles.
“a real passion for creating beautiful tiles.”
Our tiles can only be made to our extremely high standards using a very labour-intensive process, and only the best English materials from suppliers who too take great pride in their products. This gives our tiles a quality which is unquestionably second-to-none, only imitable, not replicable in mass-production.
All of our tile designs are created by Brenda Bates, one of our directors, who has been involved in ceramic design and manufacture for over 25 years. After gaining an MA in Ceramic Design from Staffordshire University in Stoke-on-Trent, she went on to work in the ceramic tableware industry for a brief spell. Quickly realizing that this would be far too restrictive, as the industry was then very conservative in terms of decoration, she started her own company in 1988, producing china dinner services and giftware.
An extremely successful number of years followed, designing ranges for some of the world’s most prestigious department stores in the world, such as Bergdorf Goodman in New York as well as various London-based companies including the David Linley Furniture company, Renwick & Clarke and the Irish Georgian Society. She also worked on numerous exclusive private commissions for some of the most highly-regarded names in Europe.
“at our first ever exhibition, we came away with Best In Show!”
In the early 1990s, a London-based tile company approached Brenda and asked her to decorate some of their blank tiles with her designs. This successful collaboration led on to her designing her own full range of crackle-glazed Base Tiles on which to decorate; at the time, this was virtually unheard of. In late 1996, Welbeck Tiles was formed, and, with its innovative designs quickly grew to supply over 100 tile retailers throughout the country. In fact, at our first ever exhibition, we came away with the Best In Show — quite an achievement considering our homemade (wobbly!) display stand was up against major ceramics companies with huge marketing budgets!
Many years on, in 2007, Brenda & Jim (the co-owners of our company), took the brave step of relocating the business from Welbeck in Nottinghamshire down to the beautiful surroundings of Penzance, in the West Country. This gave us the ideal opportunity to restructure the way we sell our products. Now only selling direct to our customers by mail-order, and through a selected network of the best handmade kitchen companies in the UK today allows us to give a truly personal service.
We are always experimenting with new ideas, many of which we hope to share with you in the near future. All of this is done in our total devotion to producing what we believe to be the best and most original tiles you can buy anywhere in the world.
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