One day in 2006 I happened to be in a tile shop and noticed some designs that were particularly impressive. Like a light bulb turning on, I realized that I was going to leave the accounting profession and start a tile-making business.
So began the process. I started studying and experimenting with different glazes and ceramic clay bodies. I discovered that the process of taking raw material from the earth and using my hands to turn it into something functional and beautiful is very rewarding. I was strongly influenced by the arts and crafts movement and the art nouveau styles. The arts and crafts movement emphasized the intrinsic value of handmade goods, both in artistic and human terms, in reaction to the consequences of the industrial age. The warmth, beauty, and natural variation of handmade tiles is what makes them more appealing than those that are mass-produced.
I try to add new art tile designs and glazes regularly as well as cabinet hardware in matching designs and colors.
As much as I enjoy the technical and artistic aspects of my business, I consider great customer service to be my highest priority. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com with any questions you might have.
We make our tiles with the traditional method of tile production that was used for centuries before mass-production techniques were introduced. After the original design is carved a plaster mold of the design is made. Each tile is then pressed into the mold and takes several days to slowly dry before being fired in a kiln for the first time. Most of the mass-produced tiles you find these days are quickly fired in about 1 hour. However, I use 2 separate and lengthy kiln firings instead which are necessary to create very unique and interesting glaze surfaces, The first firing, called the bisque firing, is used to harden the clay and make it ready to accept glaze. After the first firing, the glaze is applied by hand and then they are fired a 2nd time to over 2150 degrees. This results in very durable and interesting glaze surfaces. Each glaze firing takes about 2 days to complete. This long and slow glaze firing is necessary to give the components of each glaze plenty of time to melt, flow, and interact with each other and results in very beautiful glaze surfaces from the deep translucent glossy glazes to the variegated colors. The slight variations in glaze color give them their unique character and beauty.