Introduction
Karen Elkins - also known as Kate Tiler
bench4.jpg     My business began as a hobby almost 15 years ago, when I answered an advert to live as a Tudor... I took on another identity as Kate, rather than Karen, because Karen isn't a very Tudor name.
Over the years that I worked as a volunteer at Kentwell Hall in my holidays, I developed skills in Tudor cookery, singing, spinning wool and making shoes and costume. I fell in love with woodfired kilns while hanging around looking useful in the Kentwell Pottery and I taught myself how to make Medieval Tiles so that I would have a legitimate place at a firebox.
The effort involved in researching and making the tools that I needed to make tiles seemed well worth the reward of claiming a shed as a Tile workshop. (pictured left)
In the spring of 2002 I began to work as a Medieval Tile maker at events all over the country and I also started to put my art and design skills to use in schools.
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In this website you will find examples of the many different areas of creative arts that I enjoy making and teaching, whether in costume as Kate Tiler, or as myself, Karen Elkins. I have a BA (Hons.) in Graphic Design and Illustration from Brighton Polytechnic, and a BTEC in Graphic Design from Medway College of Art and Design.
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Please contact me for more details if you are interested in booking me for an event or school visit, or if you wish to commission my work. I am based in the East Midlands but the events I am booked for are as far apart as Barnstable in Devon and Bede's World in Jarrow, Newcastle.
 
 
Fire box full of embers
during a night time kiln firing.
Kate and Pheobe 'Tiles be We'
email - bookings@katetiler.co.uk or telephone 01949 860959
Unless otherwise stated, all images remain the copyright of K. Elkins 2007 and cannot be copied by any means without permission