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To the Unknown Tiler

October 15, 2012
Putney tile centre by Woodlanda
Putney tile centre, a photo by Woodlanda on Flickr.

Usually what impresses me in a tile is the design, the glaze or the moulding. Though these are all present and correct in this example, from a street in Putney, the more I look at it, the more impressed I am by the skill shown in the actual tiling.

Sometimes we are able to identify who designed a tile or the firm who manufactured it. It would be practically impossible, I imagine to know who was responsible for cutting out all the angles and setting all the border tiles together with such skill.

And he didn’t just have to do it once, this is one of a series of pilasters in a row of shop fronts. I wonder what he thought of the architect or whoever had the bright idea of featuring the tile on the diagonal.

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