Public Art Scheme Will Celebrate Chiltern Way & the Icknield Way

A public art scheme has been commissioned by Taylor Wimpey referencing the Chiltern Way and the Icknield Way for their 'Regency Place' (aka Aylesbury Drive) development at Bidwell in Houghton Regis.

Kay Aplin, an architectural ceramicist specialising in public art, large-scale wall-based installations, founder of The Ceramic House, Brighton, has been commissioned to produce a series of prototypes of ceramic plates for public artwork to complement the Icknield Way and the Chiltern Way that run close to the Aylesbury Drive site.

For 24 years Kay Aplin has been forging a successful career in architectural ceramics. During this time she has had many commissions around the UK and internationally, producing a distinct range of public realm artworks that have stood the tests of weather and time. Kay also creates large-scale ceramic installations for galleries and commissions for interiors and gardens.

On Instagram Kay Aplin, has been showing off some of the works in progress:

Part of one of Kay's finished public artworks at Ampthill Heights:

Kay’s work usually involves creating permanent installations in stoneware ceramic, which provides the durability necessary for external installations, however, she employs other materials such as mosaic, glass, concrete, and stone. Previous projects include sculptures, wall reliefs, floorscapes, water features, decorative seating and architectural features for new builds. Her designs are situated in a variety of urban and rural locations such as parks, gardens, playgrounds, hospitals, schools, housing estates and town centres. These projects are invariably produced in collaboration with community representatives, local authorities, project managers, architects, engineers, contractors and landscape architects. To date, clients have included 9 local authorities, 3 NHS Trusts, 10 foundations, 15 festivals and approximately 40 schools.

In recent years, Kay has started to undertake private commissions for interiors and gardens, including features such as bespoke tiled kitchens and bathrooms, fireplaces, wall features, tiled seating and flooring and stained glass panels. She is currently developing ranges of tiles to be manufactured using industrial processes, a new and ambitious departure after years of working with assistants and volunteers creating everything by hand in the studio.

Find out more about Kay Aplin and her works at


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