The Ceramic Concepts studio was established in 1992 and was located at the heart of Venice Beach, California. The rich golden light of Southern California and the relaxed beach lifestyle making it the perfect creative environment.
The Studio played an important role within the Venice community, serving as a venue for children's education programs such as 'Dreamteam', 'The Arts Mecca' and 'Social Point'.
Now the Studio is located in the artsy "urbs" of Los Angeles, in Echo Park where the old and the new meet creating a culture potpourri that is at once enlivening and creatively energetic.
Clay, the first material humans used for daily purpose, became more ornate over time and grew into a cultural expression. Fire, clay and minerals are the fundamental tools of a ceramist. Cultural heritage, personal taste and environment determine color and design.
Daily life at the studio involves a process of tile cutting, design, glazing and firing.
Man and machine, It has to be done right. Form, shape and size. Creating a playground for color and design. Diamond blade wet saw. The tile maker's best friend.
The look and the field, the thin black line. Squeezing through the soft silk. Creating spaces to be filled
Fire, Fire... Feuer. The kiln God melts and slowly transforms. Sometimes happy, sometimes not.
German born Felix Schmeing trained as a potter in Germany and moved to California in 1990. There he opened his own studio as a production potter.
While participated in various shows and workshops around Los Angeles and California, he soon developed an interest in tile making and further trained with the Malibu Tile Factory in California, in the art of making hand painted decorative (deco) tiles; reproduction of vintage Californian tiles. His great interest being the exacting art of glaze formula mixing.
He became known to many architects, designers and contractors.
'Most of my design work is based on the Moorish and Spanish tile tradition. When I moved to California I started to experiment with classic Malibu tile designs. The color palette I developed is a perfect match for the Malibu style as it reflects the Californian landscape. The distinguished look of my tiles is achieved using the Spanish "Cuerda Seca" or Dry line method.'