The Tile Shop

An example of the perspex mounting including aluminium standoffs
An example of the perspex mounting including aluminium standoffs

Welcome to The Tile Shop! Since 2011, when The Ceramic House first opened to the public, The Tile Shop has existed as a pop-up shop once a year during the month of May when The Ceramic House converts into a gallery showing annual exhibitions of contemporary ceramics curated by Kay Aplin.

Now The Tile Shop has taken on a new form as an online gallery and shop where you can browse Kay’s work for sale.

Kay is launching a new sale of her work on her instagram profile and is posting a new piece of work every day. She is participating in #artistsupportpledge an initiative launched to help support artists during the Covid-19 crisis. Please click on the link to find out what is currently for sale.

Kay is selling three series of work: Botanical Structures, Shetland Flora and Fire and Water. All are slip-cast porcelain, and consist of many different designs in a wide range of glazes, both oxidised and woodfired. These photographs give an indication of what is available, however Kay has many more pieces not shown here, so if you are interested in a particular design, and you would like to see what other colours are available, please contact Kay with a description of what you are interested in.

The pieces are either available mounted or unmounted. The mounted work is on perspex, and comes supplied with stand off aluminium fixings, which are easily screwed to the wall. The unmounted pieces can be fixed direct to a wall with tile adhesive or similar and can be arranged as compositions (mounted or unmounted) on interior or exterior walls. Please see Botanical Structures for examples. Kay is happy to provide you with a quote for an installation for your space. If you have any queries please contact Kay.

Botanical Structures Shop

Botanical Structures is body of work devised in residency in Denmark in 2014 and responds to the Danish summer landscape. Combining oxidized and soda wood fired porcelain, wall-based assemblages of multiple components have been exhibited in the UK and at European Ceramic Context in Denmark as well as commissioned privately for garden walls and conservatories. Individual pieces and arrangements mounted on perspex are suitable for indoor and outdoor display, easily fixed to the wall.


Shetland Flora Shop

Shetland Flora is a representation of Shetland’s biodiversity through ceramics and was created for the exhibition In A Shetland Landscape at Shetland Museum in 2016, in collaboration with sound artist Joseph Young. The artists spent a month in residence in Shetland in 2015, documenting the micro-flora and the sounds of the Shetland landscape. Kay used a digital microscope to capture images of the specimens she collected, which she translated into porcelain with a specially developed range of glazes that reflect the colour palette of the plants. The pieces can be displayed as wall-based installations and mounted on perspex, individually and in symmetrical compositions.

Asturian Flora Shop

Fire and Water is a continuation of Kay Aplin’s investigation into micro-flora which has been the focus of her practice since 2013 and builds on her cross disciplinary collaboration with sound artist Joseph Young.

Kay uses a digital microscope to magnify micro flora as the basis for her tile-based designs, whilst Joseph utilises binaural recording techniques to produce immersive soundscapes.

‘Fire’ refers to the woodfiring technique employed to fire the ceramics whilst ‘water’ references the site of a natural spring in Asturias, Spain, the source of the plants. Joseph recorded the spring and an anagama firing at Kohila Woodfiring Symposium, Estonia, attended by both artists in 2017. The resulting soundscape accompanied Kay’s wall-mounted roundels of Asturian Flora in soda woodfired and oxidized porcelain. The installation was presented at Collect 2019, Saatchi Gallery, London.

The roundels are available for sale or by commission to suit your colour and size preference. I have also mounted individual pieces of Asturian Flora on the soda wood fired cay slabs used during the firing process and these are also available to purchase. Please contact me for enquiries. Click here for the gallery.