The Tile Gallery
ThisTile Gallery contains large tiles
that are 12" x 20" and 1/2" thick. First,
the tiles are pounded into a form and then scraped and smoothed
to an even thickness. Next, about a week or more of
slow drying is required to keep them from warping or cracking.
After they are dry, they are placed on special kiln
shelves that have a thin layer of fine sand on them to act
as "ball bearings" to help it move as it shrinks
during the first firing which goes to 1850° F (1010° C). After a slow cooling period the tiles are slowly
and carefully handpainted using numerous layers of high temperature
glazes and stains. They are then fired to a higher temperature of 2250° F (1260° C), and are therefore suitable for indoor or
outdoor use as wall or floor tile. They could also be matted
and framed as you would a painting as they are "tile
paintings". The beauty of these paintings is that
they will never fade or peel even if in direct sunlight everyday!
They can also be inset into interior or exterior plaster
Click on an image to see a larger view and description of the piece.
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