The tile studio is housed in
a rennovated 8000 square foot chicken coop in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
All of our tile is handmade to order. With a stock of some ten thousand
bisque tile on hand, orders are glazed as they come in, insuring the quickest
shipping times possible.
The process begins
clay. Our clay body is made up of fireclays, ball clays, feldspars and
silica. It is mixed wet, and
then pugmilled to deair the mixture.
Once pugged, the clay is pressed
into tile molds of various sizes and shapes. When the tile comes off the
mold, it is hand rubbed and cleaned. The
tile dries on racks and then it's bisque fired to 1850 degrees Faherenheit.
When the bisqued tile comes
out of the kiln, it is then stored for glazing. When an order is received,
the tile is hand glazed by pouring the glaze over the tile surface. Each
of our fifty glazes requires a different type of pouring and a different
viscosity. The tile is then fired to 2300 degrees Faherenheit in a reduction
atmosphere, giving the glazed surface its lush character and rich surface.
We seal all of our glazed tile
with a penetrating sealer to insure that there is no staining of the glaze
during the grouting process. When
an order is complete, we lay out the tile before packing to insure that
the coloration between the tile is rich and varied. It is then packed
so that each box contains a mix of the spectrum of glaze color.