Welcome to the APA Annual Meeting

Welcome to the APA Annual Meeting

Craven Dunnill Jackfield  

Ironbridge Gorge, 
United Kingdom
  • Booth: 450

At Craven Dunnill Jackfield we are reinventing ceramics. We have been manufacturing handcrafted ceramic tiles for over 140 years; today, we are using this unique expertise to design and manufacture award-winning tiles for customised projects, from 3D faience bar fronts to encaustic tiled floors, contemporary murals to traditionally-styled ceramic feature walls.

British and established in 1872, we offer a unique, international service that combines unrivalled ceramic skills with state-of-the-art CAD design and project management on a grand scale. 

In the world of hospitality, recent commissions include opulent bar fronts, featuring deeply textured relief tiles, for the Blues Kitchen chain. A commission for Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa required giant, hand-made 3D fleur-de-lys, that defied the science of ceramics, and 11 metres long textured walls. Other projects include bespoke commissions for spas, hotels, retail spaces and colleges.

We have extensive experience working on restoration projects, often in association with national heritage bodies, creating authentically-made, period-styled tiles to match existing installations. Projects include The Palace of Westminster (London, UK), Ottawa Parliament Building (Ottawa, Canada) and Comal County Courthouse (Texas, USA).

Craven Dunnill Jackfield has two manufacturing sites in the UK and works on projects both in the UK and internationally, including USA, Australia, Canada and Mexico.


Craven Dunnill Jackfield - Reinventing Ceramics

  Press Releases

  • Specialist ceramic tile manufacturer Craven Dunnill Jackfield is reinventing ceramics, offering a wealth of custom options previously unavailable in the USA. The company will be exhibiting at BD|NY for the first time and will be launching its unique and bespoke handmade tile service to architects and designers working in the hospitality and leisure sectors. Winners of numerous awards, this British manufacturer has an outstanding record of delivering one-off solutions for the most creative of ceramic installations, including 3D moulded faience bars, vast contemporary murals and historically accurate, in-laid encaustic tiled floors.

        Established in 1872, Craven Dunnill Jackfield provides an unrivalled service that combines ceramic skills handed down through the generations with state-of-the-art CAD design and project management on a grand scale. 

        Craven Dunnill Jackfield’s booth at BD|NY will feature a Victorian-inspired, 3D faience ceramic bar, complete with deeply textured relief tiles. These are handmade using carved plaster moulds and decorated using metal oxide glazes, which craze upon firing to create an authentically aged effect.

        In the world of hospitality, recent commissions include opulent bars for the eclectically styled Blues Kitchen chain (London). In addition, a commission for Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa (London) requiring giant, hand-made 3D fleur-de-lys that defy the science of ceramics, and other prestigious projects for spas, hotels, government buildings, retail spaces and colleges.

        Over many generations, Craven Dunnill Jackfield has established an outstanding reputation for its production of encaustic and period-styled ceramic wall tiles for major restoration projects in North America, through its USA distributor Tile Source Inc. These include Comal County Courthouse, Ottawa Parliament Building, Royal Palms Hotel (Bermuda) and the Williamsburgh Savings Bank (Brooklyn).

     For all sales enquiries please contact:

    Craven Dunnill Jackfield  https://www.cdjackfield.com/   

    T: +44 (0) 1952 884124 E: sales@cdjackfield.com

    North America: T: +1 (843)-681-4034  E:nasales@cdjackfield.com

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    For all press enquiries, including access to a library of high resolution images from a variety of Craven Dunnill Jackfield projects, please contact:

    Fay Handley at Dixon Handley Marketing 

    T: +44 (0)295 724177  fay@dixonhandleymarketing.co.uk

  • The UK’s oldest working ceramic tile producer is looking to embrace advanced, 3D technologies to tailor its heritage tile-making skills to the requirements of contemporary installations. In so doing, it is looking to secure a future for the age-old British craft of handcrafted tile-making. Craven Dunnill Jackfield, established in 1872, has teamed up with the Centre for Fine Print Research at University of West of England (UWE Bristol) in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) and secured funding for the 27-month project.

        Craven Dunnill Jackfield has been manufacturing tiles for over 140 years and today is best known for its traditional tile-making skills, manufacturing handcrafted tiles for major restoration projects such as The Palace of Westminster, St. George’s Hall in Liverpool and London Underground.  

        In recent years, its unique skill-set has also been successfully applied to creating contemporary ceramic installations, such as the vast murals at the Olympic Park and manufacturing ornate, three-dimensional wall tiles for the hospitality sector. Award-winning projects include faience bar fronts for the Blues Kitchen chain of bars and feature walls for Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa. It is this appetite for combining the appeal of heritage tile manufacture with contemporary installations which has inspired this unique KTP programme.

        Craven Dunnill Jackfield prides itself on the authenticity of the tiles it produces for restoration projects, which emulate those of the Victorian era. Whether encaustic, geometric or relief tiles, it continues to use many production techniques that date back to the late 19th century. These include hand-modelling and the use of original master moulds, over a hundred years old, to ensure the true underlying shape of a tile is reproduced, despite thick, uneven glazes and crazed surfaces.

        Adrian Blundell, Production Director at Craven Dunnill Jackfield is heading up the KTP, working alongside Dr David Huson and Dr Peter Walters at UWE Bristol, to develop and implement 3D scanning and printing technologies which will complement the hand-made nature of the product.  “3D technology is well-developed but with limited applications in product sectors such as period tile production, where inconsistency and hand-made characteristics are both fundamental and desirable. Working with UWE Bristol our aim is to unlock its potential, in so doing transforming the productivity of our design and modelling processes, and significantly reducing lead times from months to weeks.”

        The KTP is due to commence September 2018 at Craven Dunnill Jackfield’s two manufacturing sites in Ironbridge, Shropshire and Burslem, Staffordshire.

    Craven Dunnill Jackfield: www.cdjackfield.com  T: +44 (0)1952 884124

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    For all press enquiries, including access to a library of high resolution images from a variety of Craven Dunnill Jackfield projects, please contact:

    Fay Handley at Dixon Handley Marketing 

    T: +44 (0)1295 724177  fay@dixonhandleymarketing.co.uk

  • In 2009 Oldham Town Hall was named by the Victorian Society as one of the top ten endangered buildings. After a £37 million re-development, it has been transformed and is now a major cinema and leisure complex, complete with its rich architectural heritage. A major element of the recently completed project was to replace over 2,000 of the original ceramic wall tiles, in 55 different formats and designs, which dated back to 1917. The preservation of the Grade II listed building’s heritage is testimony to the innovative and meticulous restoration approach adopted by Craven Dunnill Jackfield. The company employed traditional techniques so as to achieve a virtually seamless match to the remaining original tiles.

        In 2012, plans by the Council to re-develop the building as a state-of-the-art, seven-screen cinema and leisure complex were given approval. The result is generally considered to be magnificent. The Grade II listed building’s heritage has been preserved thanks to innovative restoration work, whilst a large, glass light-box addition to the side allows for new circulation areas and services.

        Craven Dunnill Jackfield was commissioned by the specialist contractor Heritage Project Contracts to painstakingly copy and manufacture matching wall tiles for the centrepiece Egyptian Room and anti rooms. The Shropshire based manufacture is acclaimed for its specialist skills in restoration ceramics, having successfully completed many other prestigious projects, including Leeds Library, the London Underground, Newcastle Cathedral, St. George’s Hall in Liverpool, and is currently working on a major project at The Palace of Westminster.

        Richard Baister of Heritage Project Contracts appreciated Jackfield’s expertise and exacting quality standards: “With projects like these you need to work collaboratively and Craven Dunnill Jackfield worked closely with us at each stage. Their vast expertise and understanding of Victorian glazed tiles ensured the accurate replication of the original Pilkington tiles and meeting the strict production schedule demanded by our requirements on site. Fine craftsmanship like this is very hard to find in the UK and we are so lucky that Craven Dunnill is close to us in Shropshire”. 

        The project comprised over 55 different tile types and 2,000 decorated and plain field tiles, which all required precise matching to the surviving Pilkington originals. For most of the 55 designs, new moulds needed to be made as many of the tiles are unique sizes and embossed with a variety of decorative features. Striking, tile-clad pillars dominate the room, for which Jackfield produced three variations of the embossed, yellow leaf design to cater for the tapered dimensions. For the base of each pillar, eight different styles of tiles were required, all with intricate embossed detailing. The Greek Key pattern around the upper section of the room’s walls likewise required the creation of numerous moulds to accommodate the left and right window reveals. This running border also involved the hand-manufacture of bulb-glazed, square tiles in two colours, accurately matched in hue. Rising towards the ceiling is a band of plain yellow tiles for which Jackfield manufactured some 1200 replacements.

        The project entailed extensive trials to ensure the seamless and historically accurate transition from original to replacement tiles, and required the approval of the designated Conservation Officer and Planning Authority. Craven Dunnill Jackfield started work on the project the summer of 2015 and the hand-manufacture of the tiles was completed a year later; installation took a further six months.

        Gemma Ball, Senior Sales Manager at Craven Dunnill Jackfield managed the project from the outset. “We worked to a detailed survey supplied by Heritage Project Contracts and were fortunate to have original tiles from which to make the new moulds. Such complex projects require a team of ceramic experts with a wealth of skills in restoration work, from detailed mould-making to specialist glazes. Unexpected challenges are common, once you start to work with tiles on a heritage site. However, this project went smoothly from the outset and we have been complimented on how the new tiles blend perfectly with the originals.”

    Editor’s background information:

    Sited in a unique heritage setting next to Parliament Square in the heart of Oldham, UK the Town Hall was originally constructed in 1841. It was then extended in 1879 to provide additional civic facilities, namely a court room and police station. In 1917, it was once again expanded to encompass an Egyptian themed room, complete with ornate pillars and decoration, where local citizens could pay their rates and for local utility bills. However, in 1977 a new Civic Centre was constructed and the original Hall gradually fell into disuse: by 1995 it was empty. Over the ensuing years the building steadily and extensively decayed due to wet and dry rot and in 2009 the Victorian Society, which campaigns to protect Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales, placed it on its list of the ten most at-risk buildings.


    Tile manufacturer: Craven Dunnill Jackfield www.cravendunnill-jackfield.co.uk T: +44 (0)1952884124

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    For all press enquiries, including requests for high resolution images please contact:

    Fay Handley at Dixon Handley Marketing

    T: +44 (0)1295 724177 M: +44 (0)7790 659983 E: fay@dixonhandleymarketing.co.uk


  • Signature Collection
    A stunning collection of intricately molded, and beautifully glazed, faience ceramics used in a wide range of hospitality spaces. Each piece is handcrafted to create deep textures and bold colors, and can be tailored to your requirements....

  • Craven Dunnill Jackfield, the award-winning British ceramic tile manufacturer, uses the skills of the past to reinvent ceramics for the future. This stunning collection of faience ceramics will create a wow-factor in any space. The collection includes glazed Fleur-de-Lys ceramics, with a vibrant turquiose and white tile background, which will bring charm and character to any restaurant, bar or hotel. These stunning pieces are the real showstoppers in this space, and can be designed to meet the specific needs of our clients. In this project, they started life as a simple 15cm inspiration image on a moodboard, and were reproduced and scaled up to the actual size prior to manufacture by Craven Dunnill Jackfield - complimented by the client as “the only company willing to have a go.”

  • Custom Collection
    Create a completely unique ceramic mural to bring your space to life. We offer a comprehensive mural design service from conception, all the way through to installation....

  • Ceramics have been used for decorative murals for many centuries due to the inherent properties of the finished product. However technological advances in tile decoration and tile cutting have expanded the options available to an artist or designer wanting to commission a ceramic mural. Craven Dunnill Jackfield, the award-winning British ceramic tile manufacturer, are experts in understanding what is achievable and applying our suite of skills and processes to realize the aspirations of a client, to any given brief. Using a variety of processes including hand painting, water-jet cutting, screen printing, and digital transfer decoration, we have been recognised as best in class in customized ceramic murals.

  • Tavern Collection
    The Tavern collection reinvents the retro look to create opulent and unique interiors for bars and restaurants. Handcrafted in Britain since 1872, this collection features handmade ceramics that will create a striking and innovative feature in any space....

  • Craven Dunnill Jackfield, the award-winning British ceramic tile manufacturer, uses the skills of the past to reinvent ceramics for the future. Our craftsmanship allows us to offer a customized design service, creating handmade specialist bar and reception frontages for the hospitality sector. Our unique production methods can achieve an infinite variety of designs and effects where the only limitation is your imagination. Whether the design is 3D acoustic ceramics, or contemporary art-inspired wall panels, our skilled team of artisans relish the challenge of any such project. In this contemporary installation, traditional British Victorian-inspired ceramics are used to breathe new life into the art form, and highlight the practicality of ceramics in a bar environment. The Tavern Collection can be designed and manufactured to any style, volume, or size. 

  • Vintage Collection
    Handcrafted 3D ceramics that can be used to create customized structures for booths, entrances, stairways, trellises and screens across many different hospitality environments....

  • Moulds are handcrafted by our skilled team, then cast, decorated, and glazed to your specification and design, offering a completely tailored solution which lends itself perfectly for hospitality and retail spaces.
  • Heritage Collection
    A limitless choice of authentic encaustic and geometric tiles, perfect for renovation projects and emulating period styling....

  • As the leading manufacturer of traditionally-styled, encaustic tiles in the World, we are committed to making encaustic and geometric floor tiles to the highest standards, using traditional techniques and materials. Welcome to our Heritage Collection. The production team are second-to-none in the manufacture of plastic pressed encaustic tiles and traditional gauge, square edge, unglazed geometric floor tiles.

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