A beautiful home that exudes elegance, and fine craftsmanship has always been important to me. I grew up in a Century home in London, Ontario, Canada, and the various designs, patterns, and textures, found in every room of the house, enchanted me and continue to do so, to this day.
I could (and do) spend hours looking through antique books and engravings, lithographs and photos, searching for fabric patterns, textiles, metal/wood engravings, and ornate objects. And I love to visit old houses, museums and galleries where I can immerse myself in a certain period of time — all in the pursuit of finding inspiration for my tiles.
From my collection of inspiration, I take different elements to come up with my unique, yet historical creations, which generally reference the time periods from 1848 to 1914.
My passion for interior design has taught me that when we surround ourselves with original artwork, made from quality materials, we can create inviting, interesting spaces with unique stories to tell. Unfortunately, in today’s commodity-rich world, it is easy to find cheaply made, mass-produced home décor products that can leave you feeling hollow. I can promise you this: with the process I use to create my tiles, you will be inspired by their distinctive and elegant designs, unparalleled craftsmanship, timeless beauty and enduring quality. They will bring energy and cheer to any place in your home.
All tiles are crafted in my home studio in Ingersoll, Ontario, in very small batches. The creative and authentic quality of these tiles simply cannot be reproduced by machine-made replicas. I take great pride in performing every aspect of tile creation using centuries-old materials, colours, and techniques. They are created solely by me and packaged with zero-waste materials (such as recycled cardboard).
An ancient Chinese philosopher once said that when something is created by hand, a transmission of the artist's energy is imprinted within the finished piece. I believe this is true. When you display or install my ceramic tiles in your home, my passion for tile art will infuse your space with a special character, a small bit of history, and period-inspired charm.
I want to make the world a better place by creating beautiful spaces and having conscientious, environmentally friendly business practices.
I find great joy in what I do and hope to share a piece of that happiness with you.
– Ashley Keller