alchemy tiles

al·che·my (noun) – “any seemingly magical process of transmuting ordinary materials into something of true merit.“

Alchemy Tiles brings back to life the thousand year old craft of inlay tiles or encaustic as its technically known as. Each tile is individually carved free hand with inspiring poetry, quotes and images.

The technique of inlay tiles goes back so far that they are unable to trace its true origin but the technique really came into its own during the 13th Century. When rulers and kings weren’t fighting each other they were glorifying themselves in palaces, churches and temples and what better way than to use a technique that would last centuries. 

Mel was trained in the techniques by Iris Milward of Poetry Tiles just before she retired in 2013. Mel has gone on not only to continue the ancient technique but to develop it further in new colours, designs and specializing in bespoke kitchens, bathrooms and fire places.

 Any shape, space, size and design can be tailored for from individual tiles to large areas like kitchens, bathrooms and fireplaces. Due to the intricate and multiple processes no tile can be replicated making each one bespoke, unique and held eternally in earth and time.

How they are made

Follow the magical process of each tile through its journey before ultimately being held in your hands…


Full range of examples from individual tiles to kitchens, bathrooms & fireplaces…

Commissions & Prices

The tiles can either be made to measure (maximum size per tile is 30 x 50cm) or using the standard sizes provided here...

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