Crafted with old-world methods from the 1880s – 1920s, that were established for artisanal "Jugend-Stil" crafting e.g. in Germany and Belgium.
Featuring semi-transparent glazing with a great depth, an almost three-dimensional aspect of the color.
We create in the clay a raised topography between color changes of future glazing. We use these "levees" before the second firing to separate two glazing color in their liquid form. Because of this raised topography, we can apply thick individual areas of translucent one colors.
With the second firing, an amazing depth occurs, especially when using translucent light color. For the glazing-firing in the kiln, our technique involves positioning the tiles in a way that, when melting to a glass-like consistency, each glazing color slightly "flows" within the borders of these "levees". After cooling down, lower (and brighter) and deeper (and darker) areas of color appear.
Raised topography on the surface of the tiles
Semi-transparent glazing with great depth and an almost three-dimensional aspect of the surface
To facilitate design discussions, we provide various sizes, shapes and available glazing colours. Below, our standard sizes, that can be custom-adapted, including also tiles that facilitate brackets, e.g., for light custom fixtures matching the design, or tiles with rounded outer shapes.
Matching top and bottom piece can be arranged with one or more middle piece – resulting in taller or shorter vertical assemblies. These can also be mounted within uni-colour tile areas and therefore represent larger accents in a uni-coloured wall.
We are currently having an exhibition of our tile project in the echt building.
To avoid "overwhelming with design", we often use only a few tiles with a humble pattern combination within matching uni-tiles in a matching color scheme.
We realise your own design ideas, or develop further tile designs to match your planned overall design for your new space.
Glazing color examples
For custom crafting projects we can provide any available glazing color of your choice.
For custom crafting projects we provide any shape of your choice. Consider tiles that facilitate brackets, e.g., for light custom fixtures matching the design, or tiles with rounded outer shapes on panel edge lines. We provide quarter round corner tile strips, to enable a seamless continuation of two tile surfaces over an inner or outer corner.
Craftsmen Sarah, Jules and Jorg hand-make all work in Pittsburgh, PA using best US sourced clay and glazing.
For a cohesive design, matching hand crafted hardware is offered, e.g. with mounting plates that match the dimensions of the tiles. This includes hooks, holder, handles, shelving hardware, wall vases and light fixtures.
We represent Miele Appliances USA, a traditional German manufacturer offering high quality kitchen and bathroom appliances, and can incorporate any Miele appliance into your design process. Installing the appliances together with your new kitchen or bathroom for you is offered at no surcharge. For custom design examples, see our kitchen section.
For custom crafting projects we can provide ceramic frames for mirrors. These are available in different shapes, sizes and glazing colors.
Design support is offered for your projects on kitchen and bathrooms, business spaces, reception desks, restaurants, bars, and storefronts. For kitchen projects, we can include our special conditions for Miele appliances as we are an official Miele dealer. This includes cleaning appliances for your bathroom or laundry room project.
If desired we can work with aquarelle paintings or photoshop illustrations to demonstrate potential assemblies and color of your tile selection.
Framed panels using a wood or hand forged steel with frame materials of your choice are offered. These are pre-assembled for wall mounting in one piece.
As design accent, small trays with a few tiles matching your wall design can be added, or just become an individual gift.
Designing wall areas according to early 1900s methods. Consider contemporary interpretations of historic wall designs of the late 1800s and early 1900s.
2021 – 2023: Pittsburgh International Airport, New Terminal Project: Winner for Bathroom Vanity Feature Wall Design Concepts and Materials.