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… Read More »
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 .
A few weeks ago, we presented an excerpt from the new Ceramics Handbook, Wall Pieces. The response to that post was so enthusiastic, that we decided we should come up with a free download on ceramic tile. And so we have. How to Design, Make and Install Ceramic Tile Murals and Mosaics: Design Tips and… Read More »
Handmade ceramic tile makes a great clay canvas on which to try out different surface decoration techniques. In today’s video, tile maker Frank Giorgini demonstrates a great shellac-resist technique to create relief decoration. The process is similar to using wax resist, only the shellac is quick drying and somewhat easier to control. Frank also shows… Read More »
There is a reason that making tiles and installing them are separate professions. There are entirely different skills and tools required. Then again, we clay folk tend to be pretty handy do-it-yourselfers (or know someone who is). In fact, I think hiring someone to do work we could learn to do ourselves is almost always… Read More »
One of the best ways to make a large, complex piece of work is to break it down into its component parts and tackle them one by one. Suddenly, it’s not one big project, but several smaller projects that are not quite as daunting. In this first of a two-part series, Colorado ceramic artist… Read More »
After we ran last week’s feature “Making Multiples: Cavity Molds for Handmade Ceramic Tiles,” we received an inquiry from a reader about making tiles for an outdoor installation. The reader wanted to know what type of clay she should use to ensure that the installation would withstand great temperature fluctuations. To address… Read More »