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.


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.

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.

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.

Glasgow Hillhead Station Mural


Sadler Green was commissioned by Scottish artist and writer, Alasdair Gray to work on an ambitious project to create an impressive Ceramic Tile Mural for the Glasgow Hillhead Subway station, which was being renovated by the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport as part of a regeneration scheme to prepare the transport infrastructure for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which are to be held in the city.


Alasdair Gray, with strong links to the Hillhead area and Glasgow’s West End, was the ideal candidate to capture the very essence of the locality in a creative, yet dynamic way. The artwork within the ceramic tiled mural was based on a view of Hillhead created by fellow artist, Nichol Wheatley, on an advertisement panel for the now defunct Grosvenor Cafe.  Gray borrowed the ideas from Wheatley’s work and created a more complex design, which evolved into the finished masterpiece.



The custom ceramic tile mural, a consummate work of art, which now dominates the main wall of the refurbished station, is a detailed, panoramic sweep of the West End area, from Byres Road, looking east towards the centre of Glasgow.  The ceramic tiled mural showcases well-known landmarks such as Glasgow University, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Hillhead Library and the Botanic Gardens.  Once the design had been finalised, Gray, along with Wheatley and his team from Perfect Circle Art, worked on developing a pioneering method of working with ceramic tiles to deliver the artists vision.

It was the most complex work undertaken by Sadler Green, after many years of experience in the ceramic decorating field.  Our company was chosen by the artist to supply the tile transfers for the ceramic tiled mural and we worked very closely with the with the Perfect Circle Art Team to produce a very precise detail in both the scale and colour of the tiled mural artwork.  The nature of the artwork, particularly with it having complete buildings in the piece, had to be cut around as individual ceramic tiles. This resulted in a large ceramic jigsaw rather than a standard piece of repeated tiling.


In order to produce the transfers to fit perfectly, each hand-cut porcelain tile set new standards in terms of accuracy and fit as well as in the consistency of fired colour for digital ceramic technology.  It is thought that digital ceramic transfers of this scale has never before been utilised, making it a major coup for Sadler Green; knowing that this work will be seen by thousands of commuters on a daily basis for years to come.  The project, unveiled on 16th September 2012 and which took over two years to complete, has become a landmark of the city’s underground network and continues to delight the public and workers alike, whilst enhancing the the station environment.


Further information about the Hillhead Mural can be found on BBC News and STV.

Client: Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Artist: Alasdair Gray

Project Manager: Nichol Wheatley for Perfect Circle Art

If you are interested in commissioning a Bespoke Ceramic Tile Mural for an interior or exterior space, contact Sadler Green to discuss your personal requirements.




2000 Tiles for Paddington Underpass Tiled Mural


Sadler Green have continued their association with Robert Dawson, who has been working on a Ceramic Tile Mural for the Paddington Underpass.  The original designs for the tiled mural consisted of over 2000 individual vitreous tiles which had a white geometric pattern against a bold red background. The artist had to rethink the design after initial planning permission was not granted, which has delayed the cutting of the tile transfers here at Sadler Green by 12 months. Finally, the tile transfers are currently being cut in the studio. After cutting, the transfers are to be applied by hand with a grid reference marked on the back to denote their individual position in the ceramic tile mural.

The finished mural will be typical of the artists signature “aesthetic sabotage”, creating yet another unique work of public art.

If you are interested in commissioning a Bespoke Ceramic Tile Mural, please contact the sales team at Sadler Green to discuss your requirements.