The design for these tiles was taken from the coat of arms of the du Verrier family, who are associated with the chateau. In fact they are described as leopards gules on a ground argent. The outline was copied onto Fimo, which was cut out and mounted, and then used to impress the shape onto the soft tiles. the resulting indentation was filled with slip, then scraped back when leather hard. These tiles did have a tendency to warp when drying. The technique is similar to traditional encaustic tiles. I am working on some drawings for traditional designs of dogs and mounted knights, derived from mediaeval cathedral floor tiles.