So I made my own tiles--.
Gutted our bathroom and put in a new cast Iron tub andstarted my first tile job.
One thing to mention is straight away I learned how heavy tile production was and I hurt my back dealing with it. I think the challenge is what got me into this as well as I knew I wanted something that was not commercially available back then.
The blessing of being inexperienced in ceramics at the timewas–
I under estimated the whole job and everything that wasinvolved
The learning curve was steep-I made the all the flat tile and piled them in stacks covered with weighted sheet rock for wicking moisture out-It was a slow process
I extruded the bull nose and custom made all the curved tile around sink. I made two complete sink surrounds in case I lost a piece in thefire.
I had a friend who made the cherry wood sink stand that freefloats from the wall. I traded a thrown sink for his wood boat he lived on at the time.
This tile all wanted to warp up during the glaze fire (cone10 reduction) the semi matt glaze was one of the reasons-and not scoring the backs was another.
This bathroom at that time was our only one and is verysmall. I had already done the floor with commercial one foot square high firetile.
I thought I’d save a few bucks making my own as well thiswas pure folly even back then as commercial tile is and was much cheaper tobuy.
The thing was it had my own glaze and was built by me
That is still holding true today as these photos taken show it’sstood up well (no chips) for 30 years now
This was because I took the time to research all the backing materials and waterproofing techniques from books-I also borrowed a mason’s wet diamond saw for a teapot trade.
The sink has no overflow, which is fine for us with no kids
I did make overflows at that time but like the cleaner look of none.
I still like the bathroom and I suggest if you have the time to consider say a backsplash or other projects for your home-
Do not let inexperience keep you from trying
This post has been edited by Mark C.: 14 February 2012 - 04:38 PM