Welcome Sideboard in Petrol Blue

An exclusive, tile-clad sideboard in petrol blue, made by award winning ceramicist Matthew Raw for The New Craftsmen. The detail of the cabinet's design is a product of Matthew's love and commitment to the versatility of the tile, with each one individually hand-made and glazed by Matthew to cover and wrap around the surface and interior of the cabinet. Even the sloping handles are handmade and glazed with a rich petrol blue glaze. Originally launched by The New Craftsmen in September 2020 in a smaller format, this larger design makes it even more functional for storing glassware, crockery and/or other household items. This product is available in bespoke variations, please enquire for further details.

Welcome Sideboard is inspired by the traditional adorning of interiors and exteriors of Britain's railway stations for 150 years where tiles were utilised for their intrinsic functionality to cover large and irregular surfaces and their ability to be wiped clean in the era of the coal-hungry, steam trains. Stations were also transitory spaces, welcoming people each and everyday, and still are to this day. Drawing on this legacy, Matthew wanted to develop a functional piece entirely clad with tiles that would also intrigue and welcome someone when they arrived home, thus playing with themes of familiarity and nostalgia.

Material: Off-white earthenware clay, with lead petrol blue glaze
cm: Width 150cm, Depth 37cm, Height 78cm
inches: Width 59.1in, Depth 14.6in, Height 30.7in
Care Instructions: Dust with soft lint free cloth
Lead Time: 10-12 weeks


All of the tiles are handmade – rolled, dried, fired and glazed - by Matthew in his studio. Matthew worked with Manchester-based furniture maker, Greg Wilson, to develop the cupboard design and allow the 12cm x 5cm tiles to flow over its surfaces, inside and out. The unique petrol blue glaze is the first in it’s colour for The New Craftsmen.
The Maker Matthew Raw Ceramicist - London

Matthew Raw is a ceramic artist who explores the physical and communicative properties of the tile, using textures, colour and language to tell stories of people and place. Matthew completed the prestigious ceramics residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2015, in addition to winning a Jerwood Makers Award in 2014.

His projects span galleries, residency formats and education establishments, and he has shown work across the UK and internationally in the USA, Italy, France, Germany and Denmark. In 2020 he is working towards a large tiled mural for The University of Warwick ahead of Coventry’s UK City of Culture 2021.

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