Beautifully Botanical

“London weeds” aren’t words that often inspire stunning images. But when put into context of the ceramic designs from Glithero, it’s easy to see their beauty. The company, composed of British designer Tim Simpson and Dutch designer Sarah van Gameren, produces a whole raft of varied and unique products. The main aim for the pair when designing is to capture the creation of beauty in … Continue reading Beautifully Botanical

Technical Texture Talent

London based surface design company Graphic Relief specialise in texture and materials, crafting unique and curious works and intricate designs. They have been involved in mural projects, architectural biennales, and art exhibitions, demonstrating the extent of their creativity and the brilliance behind their manufacturing processes. The materials they work with are varied, encompassing concrete, metal, ceramic, plaster, glass, and more. They work closely with their … Continue reading Technical Texture Talent

Etruscan design by Mario Montanari

Maestro Montanari

Although I have been writing about ceramic tiles for decades, and have visited Cersaie every year for over a quarter of a century, I still get a flush of excitement at the thought of this year’s show. I guess I really am a Tile Addict! So, in just four weeks, Hanna and I will pack our bags and head off to Bologna … full of … Continue reading Maestro Montanari

Gorgeous Geometry

Los Angeles based Tracey Reinberg is the brains behind Kismet Tile. Since 1997 she has been using her talents to design exciting patterns for fabrics and wall coverings, working with big names in the furnishing industry. After inspiration from the Spanish Revival architecture’s use of cement encaustic tile during her childhood in San Antonio, her gift for design was eventually translated onto her first line … Continue reading Gorgeous Geometry

Ceramic Pop Art

Retro-feel products, toys, and scenes grace the glazed earthenware tiles of Greg Hicho. These whimsical pop art creations are filled with life, nostalgic scenes hand sculpted and moulded, and finished in vibrant colours. Hicho’s ceramic art subjects range from the popular TV dinner, Fluffo Pancakes and messy kitchen, to Troll Dolls, Sea Monkeys, and gumball machines. This take on American culture gives consumers an opportunity … Continue reading Ceramic Pop Art

Iznik Inspired

We are lucky today to have the pleasure of enjoying Iznik tiles, and for new ones to still be created. Originally produced in the 15th and 16th Centuries in the Ottoman Empire, by the 17th Century the practice of creating these tiles had all but disappeared. Although these magnificent ceramics could still be viewed in vast numbers in Mosques and museums, the replicas for sale … Continue reading Iznik Inspired

MUDA Mavericks

Tile Addict has a special love for public art, and it often seems that there aren’t nearly enough artists utilising ceramics in their work. After covering and re-covering the works of Pixel, Tiler, Add Fuel, Invader, and Tim Bachor, we didn’t think we’d be lucky enough to come across more artists this year. But that was before Coletivo MUDA was brought to our attention! This … Continue reading MUDA Mavericks

Azulej Amalgam

Mix and match tiles have been big for the last few years, variations in patterns with a cohesive colour palatte creating vibrant spaces with a whole lot to look at. Patricia Urquiola has taken this theme and ran with it to create Azulej for Mutina. Using three base colours; white, grey, and black, 27 patterns have been designed. These patterns can be combined and used … Continue reading Azulej Amalgam

Palatial Policroma

Combining materials is made easy with Policroma. Designed by Cristina Celestino for Cedit, these large slabs take two distinct surfaces and fuse them to create the stunning range. Using both the class of marble and the texture of Marmorino plaster, Celestino gives us the best of both worlds. The six available colours feature four marbles, chosen for their rarity. Used throughout the years in historical … Continue reading Palatial Policroma

Queen’s Park Art

A bright new symbolic mural was recently unveiled at Glasgow’s Queen’s Park Arena. After talking with business owners and primary school children, local artist Joanne Dawson designed the artwork to reflect what the park means to those who use it frequently. Inhouse Events CIC commissioned the piece and funds were supplied by the Walking and Cycling Charity Sustrans. The materials were provided free of charge … Continue reading Queen’s Park Art

The Wall Project

Lisbon based artist Maria Ana Vasco Costa is a treasure of the ceramic world. With a degree in Ceramics and Fine arts and a Masters in Architecture, combining these two worlds into her work seems to be something she does best. Resulting from a creative need to experiment with the possibilities of ceramics by playing with colour, pattern, texture, and form, The Wall Project was … Continue reading The Wall Project

Maastricht Mosaic

In 2017, working alongside ceramic designer Sándor Sinko, the inhabitants of central Maastricht embarked on a truly local project to cover the grey environment around Radium with colourful mosaics. The project aimed to bring people of all ages, races and religions together in a shared goal. Participants were able create their own small piece of work to be incorporated into the permanent flowing mosaic artwork … Continue reading Maastricht Mosaic