Birds in Trees Charcoal Smoke and Fire Tiles

A Story of Smoke and Fire

With a group of designers whose priority is in the art, Smoke and Fire Tiles is a ceramic treasure trove. Founded in Stamford, Lincolnshire by Mark Aldridge, the company now resides in a converted granary in Suffolk. Their artistic skill is shown in spades throughout their collections which not only covers tile, but also other forms of ceramic art. Their hand-made artisanal tiles are predominantly … Continue reading A Story of Smoke and Fire

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

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

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

Keep it Karoistanbul

Using their education and experience in design and craft, Karoistanbul have created an extensive portfolio showcasing their impressive product range. Creating encaustic cement-based tiles since 1990, they have produced copious amounts of flooring and wall coverings and also offer a restoration service. In order to create tiles that have been lost to time, they take an original sample tile which is cleaned to fully reveal … Continue reading Keep it Karoistanbul

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

Trendy Trencadis

Spanish company Trencadís Innovación is relatively new, having just over 10 years experience in Trencadis mosaics, but you wouldn’t know that to look at their creations. The shared passion amongst their young team is shown in spades throughout their portfolio, which currently spans five continents. From the production of the splintered Trencadis tiles to the placement of the design, the work is done by hand … Continue reading Trendy Trencadis

Granby Grows Great

Experimenting with production technique is something of a specialty for Liverpool based Granby Workshop. Formed by Assemble in an attempt to rebuild the almost derelict neighbourhood of Granby, the Workshop brought together a group of creative residents to breathe life back into the area. After decades of regeneration initiatives which were utlimately doomed, in 2011 this new attempt saw ten empty houses secured in a … Continue reading Granby Grows Great

The Tiled Corridor

This is supremely special. It invigorates the imagination and calms chaos. It’s a hint of hope in a hospital. It’s the exceptionally exquisite Tiled Corridor from Frances Priest. The wonderful work was commissioned by the Edinburgh Lothian Health Foundation for The Royal Edinburgh Hospital which specialises in mental health. Priest sought inspiration from Craig House, the Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s former site, drawing on two Victorian … Continue reading The Tiled Corridor

Beautiful Bazaar

Mandarin Stone have added some gorgeous new designs to their terracotta selection. Bazaar is wonderfully on-trend with hand-finished, hand-painted, glazed terracotta tiles with slight imperfections that can make any space unique and characterful. There are eight distinctive patterns, each with their own personality and a subtle essence of that which they are named after. Their Delft design features the classic blue and white of Delft … Continue reading Beautiful Bazaar

Perfect Patchwork

Today Tile Addict is excited to take a look a few ranges on offer from an Italian company that was founded by those with a rich twenty year history in the ceramic sector. Horus Art Ceramiche was established in Fiorano Modenese, home to the Museum of Ceramic and neighbouring the tile hub Sassuolo. This innovative company found success in national markets before moving into overseas … Continue reading Perfect Patchwork