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Making Ceramic Tile

If you're interested in finding out more about making handmade ceramic tile, here you’ll find information on all aspects of the craft. These archives include features written by tile making experts on topics such as making your own custom tile molds or learning how to choose the right clay for an outdoor tile installation. If you are interested in learning more, be sure to download your free copy of How to Design, Make and Install Ceramic Tile Murals and Mosaics: Design Tips and How-To Instructions for Handmade Ceramic Tile Projects .


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Pottery Video of the Week: How to Make a Cut Ceramic Tile Mosaic Tabletop

Posted On December 6, 2013 4 Comments

We feature a lot of videos and articles on Ceramic Arts Daily about making ceramic art that goes on top of the table, but what about ceramic art that is the table top? I think we are due for some of that.  In today’s video clip, an excerpt from her DVD Creative Tile Making, Angelica Pozo demonstrates how to make a cut tile mosaic tabletop.

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Make Your Own Ceramic Mosaic Patio Table for Cookout Season

Posted On April 15, 2013 4 Comments

What do art teachers do in their time off? Art projects, of course. Clay Cunningham and his wife added a new mosaic ceramic top to their picnic table during their summer off. Not a bad idea for a classroom project as well – maybe something in the courtyard at school…

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A New Take on a Traditional Architectural Ceramic Tile Form

Posted On September 5, 2012 9 Comments

Jali screens are traditional architectural forms used in Islamic architecture to promote air ventilation or create semi-private partitions between rooms. While in school for ceramics, Pakistani potter Muhammad Hassan Kashigar, decided to embark on a project that combined traditional forms with contemporary ideas. What he came up with was his own take on the tradition Jali. In today’s post, he takes us through the process of creating one of his beautiful screens. 

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Pottery Video of the Week: Using a Masonite Template to Make Perfect, Consistent Ceramic Tiles

Posted On July 6, 2012 1 Comment

In today’s video, an excerpt from her DVD CreativeTile Making, Angelica shares her nine-tile template system. I really liked the simplicity of this system. Angelica also shares how she prepares the backs of the tiles, either for installation or for hanging as decorative wall pieces.

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Community Clay: Planning, Organizing, and Constructing a Ceramic Public Art Piece with Students

Posted On September 5, 2011 12 Comments

Today, artist Jan Brown Checco, who specializes in the design, planning and fabrication of community-based artwork, shares her insights into making a ceramic tile mosaic with students.

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How to Design and Make a Ceramic Fireplace Surround

Posted On August 22, 2011 2 Comments

In today’s post, as a little preview to Stephani Stephenson’s upcoming architectural ceramics DVD, I am presenting an article she wrote on designing and making a fireplace surround. It’s an excerpt from the newly revised How to Design, Make, and Install Ceramic Tiles and Murals: Design Tips and How-To Instructions for Handmade Ceramic Tile Projects. Download your free copy for a printer-friendly version of this article!

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Pottery Video of the Week: How to do Additive Relief Sculpting on a Ceramic Tile Panel

Posted On July 8, 2011 16 Comments

Who says ceramic tiles have to be flat? Using additive relief sculpting on a flat tile can lead to some beautiful and unique dimensional tiles. In today’s video, an excerpt from her new DVD Creative Tile Making, Angelica Pozo demonstrates how she creates interesting tile panels with depth with additive relief sculpting and carving techniques.

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What a Relief: Make a Great Impression with Slab-built Ceramic Wall Art

Posted On July 4, 2011 44 Comments

Where do you find inspiration for your art? For some it is in nature, for some inspiration lies in the work of a favorite artist, for others, it can be found in their friends or family. But inspiration doesn’t always have to come from things traditionally thought of as beautiful or profound. As ceramic artist David Gamble demonstrates, mundane objects can serve as inspiration too. All you have to do is look around with an open mind. Today, we’ll show you how David turned manhole covers and sewer grates into wall-worthy art. Plus, as a follow up to a request from a Ceramic Arts Daily subscriber, we’ll show you a great way to hang wall tiles. Enjoy!

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Pottery Video of the Week: How to Make a Ceramic Tile Model with Relief Decoration for a Plaster Press Mold

Posted On February 18, 2011 16 Comments

In today’s video, an excerpt from Handmade Tiles, Frank Giorgini demonstrates how to make a ceramic tile model with relief patterning to use as a prototype for a plaster press mold.

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Between the Lines: Grouting Tiles, Mosaics, and Tile Installations for a Visually Pleasing Effect

Posted On December 22, 2010 12 Comments

Grout does not just have to be a practical element in tile work. With a wide range of premixed grout colors available, it can also be used to aesthetically enhance a single tile or an entire tile mural. By strengthening the weight of a line or adding a weathered patina, grout can really become an integral part of the decorative process. Today, Laura Reutter demonstrates how grout can be used in this way. She also gives some great advice for press molding and drying tiles without warping.