Digital Print client wins at The Surface Design Awards 2015

Tile Mural-Croydon Premier Inn

We should like to congratulate Robert Dawson, for his success at the Surface Design Awards, held on Thursday 12th February during the Surface Design Show in London.  His ceramic tile wall mural, “For Eloise”, won the category of “Commercial Exterior Surface” and was up against Vita Manchester (a student residential high rise) and Grandioso, a gate in London.

“For Eloise” was named after Robert’s mum, who regularly enjoyed visits to Croydon before her death in 2014.  The commission came about after Robert was asked by Axiom Architects to create a work of public art for the exterior of the Premier Inn, which was built on the town’s Lansdowne Road in 2013.  The artwork, comprising of a blue tiled wall, was based on his 1999 project: “Tiled Room” and covers the entire façade of the three storey structure, which measures 12.5 feet wide and 35 feet high.

Tile Mural Section-Kiln firing of tilesIt took two months to create the mural.  The tiles were produced by firing screen-printed dark blue glaze on light blue Villeroy and Boch ceramic tiles.  We created the ceramic decal transfers for these tiles and this has been another successful collaboration with Robert, which we are proud to be involved with.  The finished wall, in Dawson’s words, responds playfully to the surrounding cityscape; a response to the predominance of post- war and most recent architecture in Croydon’s commercial centre.


Tile Mural- completed installationThe illusory nature of the finished design has great impact for a relatively small wedge of space and plays tricks on the mind when it is seen in its entirety. It has been met with a mixed response from the general public but to great acclaim from art critics, where the mural has the linear elegance suggestive of the ceramic designs of Josef Hoffman and Koloman Moser of the Viennese Secession movement.  This is evident in the way that Robert Dawson uses line with the same spaciousness and precision to create the visual impact in his work.


Ceramic Tile Murals installed in Montreal Hospital


Earlier this year, Sadler Green collaborated with French-Canadian artist, Josée Pedneault, to produce a series of stunning large-scale ceramic tile murals, which have recently been installed at the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.  In total, 415 ceramic tiles, each measuring 20x30cm were used to create the set of five murals.

The artist working on her photographs for the Lichen ceramic tile mural at her studio in Montreal.

Josée is a visual artist, who lives and works in Montreal, teaching Photography at Concordia University.  She creates large-scale public art projects, which begin from stimuli using a series of photographs, videos and drawings.   Her ideas always take the notion of an “existential quest”, which is purely a subjective journey in order to search for meaning in everyday life; to question and change personal beliefs and viewpoints of the world around us.  Travel and wandering are also central to Josée’s artistic exploration as well as her own perceptions on the human experience.

The collection ceramic tile murals, entitled “Annedda”, meaning ‘Tree of Life’, were created from a series of black and white photographs taken by the artist and are influenced from French-Canadian folklore behind the restorative properties of the White Cedar tree.



Jacques Cartier, a French explorer of Breton origin, claimed Canada for France.

Historically, in the winter of 1535, French explorer Jacques Cartier and his crew, settled in Hochelaga, now known as Montreal, in Quebec and were struck by an outbreak of scurvy due to poor diet and the harsh winter.  After witnessing over a quarter of his men die, Cartier sought help from the indigenous population, who give the men an infusion to drink made from the pine needles of the White Cedar, the Annedda tree.  After eight days of taking the infusion, those suffering from scurvy were cured and other existing wounds healed.  The pine needles were found to be rich in vitamin C which probably contributed to eradicating the scurvy and supplementing their poor diet.

The Annedda murals feature plants and trees that are indigenous to Quebec and the Boreal region and are regarded as symbols of strength and fortitude and were used to treat respiratory afflictions before the advancement of modern medicine.   Plants and trees chosen for this installation were Slippery Elm, White Cedar, Borage, White Pine and Iceland Moss to provide a visual link from these historical natural remedies and the modern technological advances in medicine.

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The murals were unveiled in the MCI Pulmonary Function Clinic, with one on public view within the main reception room.  The other four have been installed in the clinical areas to enhance the ambience of the centre, providing a soothing, restorative and healing environment for patients and visitors alike.  This encompasses the ethos of the McGill University Health Centre and fulfills the vision of the artist, who explains her inspiration in a specially created Youtube video.

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SadlerGreen Provides Decals for Danish Ceramic Exhibition

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 Sadler Green client, Anja Margrethe Bache, has used our transfer decals to create a ceramic installation exhibition at Officinet in Copenhagen, which was on public view between the 10th October and 2nd November 2014.

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The exhibition was the brainchild of our client in collaboration with ceramic designer Ane-Katrine von Bülow.  Their work examined ornamentation as play, revolving around repetition, scale and the combinatory principles of order.  In addition, they set out to show ornamentation as a recognisable figuration along with abstract geometrical pattern.

Sadler Green supplied forty-two A3 ceramic transfer decals for Anja to use on ceramic glazed concrete- a material which she has developed, fired and stoneware-baked.

play 2 image 4 The transfers consisted of the recognisable façade of the Officinet building, which were then fragmented and dissolved beyond recognition.  A short video created by Anja shows the finished pieces set up in the exhibition using clips she had recorded during the installation process, combining these with photographs taken by Ole Akhøj.


Further information about the exhibition can be found on her website along with examples of her other work and commentaries.


For further information about our ceramic transfer decals and other bespoke services, please contact us and we will be very pleased to help you.

Tile Mural Enhances Westway Flyover Cycleway in Paddington.

Tile Mural-Paddington UnderpassSadler Green’s long association with the ceramicist, Robert Dawson of Aesthetic Sabotage, has continued with his commission to create a wall mural for the new pedestrian and cycle crossing under the Westway Flyover in Paddington, West London. The mural is located opposite the entrance to the new ‘Street Sweepers’ depot that was built under the Westway, at the intersection of the new crossing on Harrow Road.

Dawson created the artwork in consultation with a group of local residents and organisations, which included Paddington Waterways, Active Concern on Transport and SE Bayswater Residents Association. Eventually, after many discussions and suggestions, Dawson arrived at a piece of public artwork which reflected the nature of the history and regeneration of the local area.

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The mural combines a mixture of locally significant historical references, including a portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, within a skillfully interrelated and overlaid composition. It also reflects the continual process of change in the local area by including, for example, a geometric pattern based on the CrossRail logo and historical scenes of the local area. The composition of the artwork was formed by using square tiles finished in a range of blue tones, with details within the design, such as the chemical structure drawing for penicillin picked out in white, along the lines of delftware porcelain. Additionally, the mural is further enhanced by subtle lighting provided by a concealed strip light already installed during construction work for the depot. To ensure the longevity of the mural and to protect the surface, the artwork has been coated in an anti-graffiti finish.

Sadler Green have been proud to continue our association with Robert and are pleased to see the final outcome of the project.

For further information on the services we offer or if you are interested in a bespoke tiled mural for any public space project, please view our website.

‘No Water, No Life’ Custom Mural at Linklater Pavilion

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Sadler Green have been commissioned to work on another stunning Bespoke Ceramic Tile Mural Project, which has been installed in the Linklater Pavilion in Lewes, East Sussex . It was created by Maia Eden, an artist who specialises in mixed media artwork. The innovative centre provides environmental education for all generations, as well as being a practical base for adults with learning difficulties.

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The ceramic tiled splash-back mural project led by Maia, was created ‘with great skill and dedication, leading not only to a stunning work of art but a superb book, recording the process’, according to John Parry in his report to East Sussex County Council.

Once the finishing touches to the bespoke ceramic mural have been completed, the project will be fully celebrated in the Autumn at a special launch event to raise the profile of the Linklater Pavilion and the fantastic work they do.

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For further information about Maia’s work and the projects she has been involved with, or to contact her about commissioning a job, visit her website here.

If you are interested in commissioning a Bespoke Ceramic Tile Mural from Sadler Green, please contact our sales team to discuss your requirements, they will be happy to guide you through the whole process.



Llanelli Library Ceramic Tiled Mural Plaque Unveiled

Sadler Green has continued to develop its work on Bespoke CeramicTile Murals and the the Llanelli Library Project Mural was recently installed and unveiled to the public.

On Friday 6th September, a unique, ceramic tile mural plaque created by members of the ‘Links’ Mental Health charity was unveiled by BBC newsreader, Huw Edwards, who was originally brought up in Llangennech, near Llanelli.

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The Ceramic Tile Mural Plaque was made to commemorate the March 2012 reopening of Llanelli Library by the newsreader and journalist and is located by the library entrance on Vaughan Street. The unveiling was held in tandem with an art exhibition also staged by ‘Links’, who offer flexible learning opportunities and promote positive emotional well-being for individuals in the Llanelli area.

If you would like to create a stunning Bespoke CeramicTile Mural to transform any interior or exterior space, contact Sadler Green to discuss the exciting possibilities.

House of Hackney Ceramic Tile Mural Installation


Sadler Green are pleased to announce that a CeramicTile Mural commission for the House of Hackney has recently been installed at their store in Shoreditch High Street, London. The mural, created from ceramic tiles was installed on 19th June 2013 and reflects the design ethos of the company, taking traditional products and subverting them with playful and irreverent prints and imagery. The company creates a range of wallpapers, bed linen and a variety of soft furnishings for bespoke interior design.


The bespoke ceramic tile mural, which has been installed, extends this ethos further and forms part of the stock displays within the shop, which can be seen on the photographs included here. Sadler Green was proud to be chosen to work on this customised ceramic tile mural commission, especially as the interior design company specifically supports traditionally made products within the UK and the highest standard of craftsmanship used in their creation.


If you are interested in commissioning a Bespoke Ceramic Tile Mural, then please contact the sales team at Sadler Green, where we will be pleased to discuss your requirements for any interior or exterior space.



Sedgemoor Dementia Support Centre Exterior Tiled Mural


Sadler Green has continued their collaboration with renowned ceramic artist, Robert Dawson, who designed the exterior Ceramic Tile Mural for the recently opened £1.2 million Sedgemoor Dementia Support Centre in Norris Green, Liverpool, which was unveiled to the public on Thursday 16th May 2013.

Dawson, well-known for his “aesthetic sabotage” brand of creative design, is a specialist in ceramic tile wall murals and was on site permanently to check the progress of this latest tile mural installation.  The innovative centre took 18 months of planning, design and construction and its aim is to provide a model for dementia-friendly design; delivering a range of social and health services in an open and welcoming environment.


The artist, who studied at Camberwell College of Arts and the Royal College of Art, has created a definitive ideology, focussing on the disconcerting, uncertain elements of artistry within his creations. Dawson incorporates both ceramic historical sources and also the most recent innovative ceramic print technologies within his artwork. It involves a consideration of the nature of surface decoration, using historical processes as well as reflections upon other phenomena of the ceramic surface, for example technical flaws within the production process.  He applies advanced photographic deformation and computerised image processing techniques to tiles or plates, creating unusual perspectives and deforming traditional decorative motifs.

The artist has worked with prestigious companies such as Wedgwood, John Lewis, Hilton, Selfridges and Habitat, using his signature designs to create patterns that play with your senses, morphing and warping across the products, to create a product that is ultimately very pleasing but different and unique. Sadler Green are proud to continue their association with the artist on a range of bespoke, customised ceramic tile mural projects.

Commissioning a Bespoke, Ceramic Tile Mural for your interior and exterior spaces could not be easier.  Contact the sales team to discuss how we can help you achieve your bespoke solution.


Glasgow Western Baths Ceramic Tile Floor Mural


After Sadler Green’s successful collaboration with renowned Scottish artist, Alasdair Gray, on the Glasgow Hillhead Station Ceramic Tile Mural, the company was involved in preparing the tile transfers for the installation of an octagonal floor ceramic tile mural commissioned by the Western Baths, again in the Hillhead area of Glasgow.  There was a great deal of media interest in the latest tile mural designed by Gray, who had been Artist in Residence at the historic building between 2011 to April 2013.  The tiled mural project took over eighteen months to design, refine and complete and was hailed a masterpiece at its unveiling to the club’s members on 5th April 2013.

As an artist, Alasdair was very keen to reflect the ethos of the Western Baths, whilst at the same time, continuing with his own ideology of making a ceramic tile work within in floor mural.  The theme of “Refresh Mind, Refresh Body, Refresh Land and Refresh Love” has inspired the images of men, women and children on the giant octagonal-shaped ceramic tile mural.  Some of them are pictured using the pool’s rings and trapeze equipment, with the Western Baths being one of just three pools to have such facilities in Scotland.

With fellow artist and friend, Nichol Wheatley, with whom Gray worked closely on previous ceramic tile mural projects, the artists discussed art and history as well as considering the patrons of the Western Baths and the activities on offer there.  These were then reflected within the images of the tiled floor mural which Sadler Green supplied as digital tile transfers, which were applied to the porcelain tiles and then fired.  Each tile was given a number to allow easy installation of the ceramic tile mural.


The £10,000 commission was instigated by the Western Baths Honorary Secretary, Bill Mann, who was full of praise for the finished floor mural, after giving Alasdair a wide open brief at the beginning of the project.  The bespoke octagonal ceramic tile mural, measuring 7ft x 7ft, comprises of 60 tiles and followed hot on the heels of the successful Hillhead Station ceramic tiled wall mural.  At the unveiling, the mural was described as a “wonderful interpretation of the spirit of the Club.”

To commission one of our Bespoke Ceramic Tile Murals for any interior or exterior space, then contact Sadler Green to discuss your requirements.

‘Wall of Challenges’ Mural at Newcastle-under-Lyme Junior School


As part of the “inspire a generation” motto from the 2012 London Olympics, the children of Newcastle-under-Lyme Junior School were set the challenge of drawing their personal aspirations for the future, which would form a Custom Ceramic Tile Mural in the main thoroughfare at the school.  Each child had a six inch square tile to decorate with their ambitions.  Once the colourful artwork had been completed, the images were then scanned and created into digital ceramic transfers.  The transfers were then applied to ceramic tiles and fired.  Finally, the ceramic tile mural was installed at the school during the half term break in October 2012 to create the “Wall of Challenges”, which comprises of 265 tiles: one for each of the children who contributed to the artwork, from the Reception class through to Year 6.

Commissioning a Bespoke Tile Mural could not be easier.  Contact Sadler Green to discuss your personal requirements.