Timeless, hand-glazed ceramic tiles that blend beautifully with stone
Enhancing homes for 25 years
Decorative handmade white ceramic tiles
Talisman patterns arise from a conversation between hands and clay. Press your fingers into a lump of clay. As you push, pull, and turn, ridges and valleys begin to take shape. Simple, timeless patterns emerge as if they had been buried in the clay.
The most beautiful places always bear traces of the hands that shape them
- Indoors in wet or dry locations, including shower stalls, tub surrounds, back-splashes and indoor pools and fountains.
- Outdoors in temperate climates in wet or dry applications, including pools and fountains.
- Not frost proof.
- Vertical applications only.
- Stoneware clay.
- Matte, stone-like glazes. (Chemical make-up of glazes is similar to limestone and marble.)
- The clay shows through the glaze more on some tiles, less on others – especially with Primal White.
Within an order glazes will range from opaque to translucent, and from matte to crystalline.
- The heat of our kilns deepens the clay’s color to varying degrees, like an oven browns a batch of cookies.
- Computerized kiln controllers and carefully refined glazing techniques allow us to produce tiles in a consistent range.
- Oxides in the clay create random streaks and specks.
- At the peak temperature of each firing, the glaze boils; as it cools, small bubbles are sometimes frozen in time.
- Small crazing lines are often apparent and may become more visible over time.
- Extent of the range suits the size of the order. (We look at the tiles in each order to ensure they exhibit an appealing range – neither too broad nor too narrow. As a rule, the smaller the order, the narrower the desirable range.)
- Described as 6 x 6 in, actually 6 x 6 in
- Described as 4 x 4 in, actually 4 x 4 in
- Described as 2 x 6 in, actually 1 7/8 x 6 in
- Described as 2 x 2 in, actually 1 7/8 x 1 7/8 in
- Described as 1 x 6 in, actually 7/8 x 6 in
- Described as 1 x 1 in, actually 7/8 x 7/8 in
- Base of all tiles is 5/16 in thick.
- Tiles are handmade, so there is some variation in size.
- No special maintenance required.
- Clean as you would surrounding materials with common household cleaners.
- If the tiles have been neglected, built-up dirt and grime can be cleaned with commercial stone cleaners.
- Even acid-based stone cleaners will not harm the tiles.
- Ancient White – all-over, flowing glaze. Clay shows through the glaze on the design’s ridges.
- Primal White – variegated glaze. Clay shows through the glaze in irregular markings.
- For substrate and adhesive, follow the guidelines of the Tile Council of America. In most applications, thinset mortar is suitable.
- Spacing: As close as possible, preferably an eighth-inch apart or less.
- Grout: off-white, sanded grout that closely matches glaze.
- Apply an invisible penetrating sealer/grout release before grouting.
- Clean all grout off the tiles before the grout dries. If there is any excess dried grout after installation, it can be removed with a chemical stone cleaner or stone stripper.
- After the installation is fully dry, seal the tiles and grout with an invisible penetrating sealer.