In role as Kate Tiler I offer a demonstration of medieval tile making, using replica tools and equipment and traditional materials with which the public and children can join in and learn about the methods used by helping me to make a tile.
During my demonstration I talk about the life and times of the medieval and Tudor tile makers, I bring the past to life by telling how ordinary people were affected by the large events in history such as the Reformation of the Church in Tudor times.
I have a tented workshop which I bring to work in, or I can work inside in a museum setting,, a marquee or a market stall in the High Street –
Tile making works both as a short display or a means of introducing many other subjects in Medieval and Tudor history, including design and technology, religious symbolism and church reformation, politics and economics.
I love my work as a tile maker –
I am interested in the interpretation and exploration of the hidden meanings of medieval tile designs and images and as I make a tile I talk about the patterns and the messages concealed in many of them, which helps me to place them in their wider context in the medieval world.
My demonstration is supported by a very popular children’s tile making activity which enables them to create a mini-
This activity is very suited to Family Learning, where the whole family can join in together.
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