HAND PAINTED TILE ART: Decorative Ceramic Tiles

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Vintage Tiles: Bathroom Ideas

Posted by kleinandlu on November 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Helpful Guide to Finding a Tile Maker,

Posted by kleinandlu on September 13, 2011 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Taken from a short interview:


What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

Make sure you have direct involvement with the producer, with no middle man. This will ensure better pricing for the product and more efficient service.


If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

If customization is not an issue, that is if you need basic colors for your tiles go to a supplier like B&W in Gardena. Whereas if you need color coordination and if you wish for more custom colors then come to a custom tile house like us.

Secondly, look around for ideas of what you want to have done and figure out the color schemes. This is beneficial because when you come to our studio it may get very overwhelming if you don't know what you want in any way, shape or form.

Thirdly, during the tile ordering process if you are working on your own without a contractor, make sure you order a few tiles extra in case of breakage or miscounting. This avoids having to come back and order 3 more tiles as this does not benefit you or us.


What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

1) Find out about experience, if need be ask for references.

2) Get a price estimate for everything, there maybe color matching charge, artwork charge, minimum order charge. All these can greatly change the bottom line of how much the work will cost.

3) Approve a sample before you have the production started. Make sure you approve all the colors and design involved in your order before the supplier starts your custom order.

4) Be clear on the delivery or production time. Usually we quote the delivery time as starting after the date of final approval to start the production. This is imperative so that all are on the same page. Otherwise, artwork alone can take weeks depending on the approval situation.

5) Finally, if you are crunched for time make sure you approve everything before you leave to go out of the country or out of town as this again can cause untold delays in trying to get the samples approved...or of course you can have someone approve the samples on your behalf.


What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

I’ve mentioned this briefly above…but basically one should have an idea of what the over all look they are going for. If interested in period pieces one should research the type of house and what type of decorative tiles were used, this should help with giving one an idea of what the overall look is.

Next, one should figure out all by room what size tile and type of color scheme to shoot for; and if possible figure out if there are backsplashes or murals that should be coordinated in.

If one has figured out the tile sizes (4x4tiles) and types (bullnose, etc) that would fit nicely within each space it will make it easier for the artesian to give a quote. Also at this time if it is possible to figure out how many types of decorative tiles (how many designs broken down per room) versus how many filed tiles are needed for the whole project it could be helpful.

I must say though that if it is a big house (project) then some find it easier to just start room by room once the overall feel (theme) for the project has been set

History of Ceramic Tiles

Posted by kleinandlu on June 15, 2011 at 7:08 PM Comments comments (0)

History of Ceramic Tiles

Throughout history we see the desire man has had to create aspace that has beauty and that reflects the traditions, ideas and philosophythat he has.

Ceramic tiles have been in existence for 4000 years..andhave been along with potteries has had an important role in helping usdiscovery many, many civilizations and traditions from ancient times long gone.The interesting thing about pottery (along with tiles) is that “as onearcheologist put it, pottery may be easy to break but it's hard to destroy.”For hundreds of years layer upon layer of debris and trash from pastcivilizations all over the earth, each show us the characteristics and ways oflife of the people who discarded them.

For example see here is a paragraph I found on a website“Some beautiful Syrian tiles painted with undulating flowers and patterns inthe Chinese style decorate to this day the early 15th-century tomb ofal-Tawrizi, in Damascus. More extraordinary, the same—or very similar—tiles arefound in the Murad II mosque at Adrianople, on the modern frontier betweenGreece and Turkey. This mosque was built by the Ottoman Turks in 1433 and thestriking resemblance between its tiles and those in Damascus suggests that theywere almost certainly made by imported Syrian craftsmen.”

 


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