The glazed tiles are then fired again in an electric kiln to a stoneware temperature that vitrifies the clay, turning each tile into a functional ceramic piece.
First, there is an idea...a place, a sketch, an image or a conversation that leads to the design of the tile project.
At this point there is a often a collaboration with a tile setter to prepare the area for the tile. There are then several steps to the installation that include mortar, setting the tile then grouting the space between each tile. Another option for clients is to purchase tile and work out the installation details themselves.
Then, each tile is cut to the correct shape and size.
Handmade tile creates an environment that perfectly blends utility, creativity and handmade quality. Handmade tile also adds value to your residence or business. Handmade tile can last a lifetime or longer !
Some tile orders are customized for a commemoration or celebration. The tiles on the left are pet memorials, the tile on the right is for a wedding
Some tiles are created using a press mold. A plaster mold is created then wet clay is pressed into the mold to create each tile. The more textured deigns you see here use this method.
Some designs feature hand carving at this stage or a colored slip.
Some tiles feature sgraffito. This is done by painting on layers of colored slip then carving away the deigns.
Each project that includes multiple pieces is arranged on a template made of paper that is the exact size of the finished project area. The tiles are often rearranged several times to get the final placement worked out before being ready to install.
The tiles are then dried and bisque fired in an electric kiln before they are ready for glazing.
Applying the glaze to the tiles is generally done by dipping each tile into the liquid glaze. Sometimes a brush or an applicator is used to apply glaze.
Some tile start from a slab rolled to a consistent thickness then dried more between boards.
House numbers are mounted on a flat backing at this point.
After drying, the area is ready to use and is maintenance free (except cleaning as used).