Lakes tile maker shapes up for promising future

The Westmorland Gazette: HANDMADE: Coniston tile maker Harry Appleyard HANDMADE: Coniston tile maker Harry Appleyard

A YOUNG Lake District entrepreneur has an ambition to transform a small handmade tile business into a top tile interiors brand.

Motif Tiles owner Harry Appleyard, 22, designs and manufactures handmade products for the home in a lakeside workshop in Coniston.

The tiles, which are produced in non-conventional shapes, are made from British clay and other materials.

Mr Appleyard said: “We enable customers to create a completely unique installation for their home or business. By using Motif’s website customers can drag and drop from the colour palette on offer onto a selected pattern allowing them to visualise what their tiles would look like if they were to order.”

Working with a local blacksmith, Motif also produces a range of tile topped tables predominantly for gardens but also suitable as coffee tables.

Mr Appleyard added: “At the moment, as the business is still in the start up phase, distributors and stockists are limited, but Motif is set up for direct sales to the general public, with deliveries available nationally.”

Visit www.motiftiles.com

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