Creating your Custom Designs
decorative component of a project starts with a design in the form of an
outline image, which we can create for you or we can use existing artwork.
We access a variety of resources to provide solutions for our clients. Once
finalized, our art department adds color to the design according to your
Bringing the Design to the Tile
Silk-Screens as a patterned guide when transferring the design onto the
bisque “Sima” tile. This creates a resistance barrier that prevents the
various glaze colors from blending together during the kiln firing process.
This ensures that your design and color selections are achieved exactly as
determines, more than any other component, the characteristic look, color
and finish of custom tile. The variety of colors and textures created are
the result of using precise quantities of select compounds, each of which
has a different reaction to varying levels of heat. Custom color matches are
our specialty. We also offer a complete selection of pre-developed color
glazes. We provide our clients with all of the best options to complete
their project with the desired visual impact.
Applying the Glaze
skilled artisans take great care in applying the glaze to each section of
your custom tile. This is necessary to ensure that the colors do not cross
the resistance barrier and prevents the colors from blending during the
firing process. The time-consuming process of hand glazing each individual
tile brings unique handcrafted qualities to distinguish the project.
Firing the Tile
colorings are indistinguishable prior to firing. The transformation into one
of hundreds of colors occurs only after it is fired in the kiln. Due
to advances in technology, we have the ability to precisely control, balance
and time the firing process in a way that was not possible in the past. The
control of heat, spacing and volume are vital components when two or more
finishes are applied to the same tile. For example, a blue glaze with a
glossy finish may be placed next to a green glaze with a satin finish, or
next to a cream glaze with a matte finish, or next to a metallic glaze, etc.
After the tile is fired and removed from the kiln, each tile is carefully
inspected for quality. For larger projects and murals, the tiles are
individually numbered to ensure accuracy of installation. We provide a
detailed Installation & Maintenance Outline with each project. Our complete
process is executed so that your tile will retain its beauty and durability
for many, many years to come.