Caroline Egleston carefully arranges her handmade tiles so the patterns, colours and textures play off each other, clinching that moment when the individual tiles become a dynamic cohesive piece.
She uses the shapes found in architecture – squares, circles, triangles – and fits them together. Through spontaneous brushwork, there is movement over the whole surface and she explores the subtlety of glazes so the tiles create sustained interest.
Her workshop is called Piccolpasso after the Italian author on Renaissance pottery, Cipriano Piccolpasso. It also means ‘little step’, a gentle guiding philosophy on her creative process.
For tile commissions, Egleston works directly with clients or designers to find the right arrangement for their space, an evolving collaborative process. Recent design commissions include a set of tiled tables for Soho House and a four-metre long frieze for a property in Mount Hawke, Cornwall.
A celebration of colour and surface pattern, the tiles evoke an unconsciously recorded landscape, ‘in the mind’s eye’.
- 1992-94 Diploma ‘The Art of Maiolica’, Instituto d’Arte per la Ceramica, Faenza, Italy
- 1989-92 MA English Literature, Cambridge University
- 2019 Selected Member, Design Nation
- 2010 Associated Member, Craft Potters Association
- 2018 Made, Marylebone, London
- 2018 Explore Making, with the Hants & Berks Guild of Craftsmen
- 2018 Handmade at Kew, London
- 2018 Handmade, Oxford
- 2017 Ceramics in the City, Geffrye Museum, London
- 2019 Ask the Experts, Ceramic Review, February
- 2017 A Creative Couple, Hampshire Life, May