Our new obsession – Motawi

Founded in 1992 by Nawal Motawi, Motawi Tileworks started life in a garage and tiles that were once a novelty found at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market amongst the rutabaga sellers now have a home in over 300 stores throughout America. Now with over 30 employees and a 12,900 square foot studio Motawi Tileworks thrives on a philosophy that places its workers and the creative … Continue reading Our new obsession – Motawi

Gazete Azulejos

The vibrantly tiled façades of Portugal’s homes are one of the country’s most iconic sights, but those sights are disappearing. Attempting to preserve the tiling legacy before it disappears entirely is Gazete Azulejos. Once handmade in factories thoroughout Portugal, reduced demand over the years led to closures. The tiled façades that remained have steadily decreased in number due to renovations and modernisation, and some tiles … Continue reading Gazete Azulejos

Seven striking tiles from Clay Imports

Brothers Zac and Nick Barreiro founded Austin-based Clay Imports in 2012, primarily focusing on small batch Mexican tiles. Over the years their love of travel and craftsmanship has inspired an expansion of their collections which now incorporate creations from as far as Vietnam and Turkey. Collaborating with artists, illustrators, ceramists, and graphic and textile designers from around the world to ensure an ever growing portfolio … Continue reading Seven striking tiles from Clay Imports

Renwick Tiles

Craig Renwick’s love for pottery moved him all the way from South Africa to England where his talents grew and multiplied. With a bunch of new skills and a continued passion for pottery, he returned to his homeland. Then in 2007 a simple request helped pave the way for a new life chapter. Craig’s aunt asked if he would be able to make her some … Continue reading Renwick Tiles

Tiles Made OF Australia

Makers of unique, unglazed ceramic art pieces and homeware, Made OF Australia prefers a slow burn over rapid fire. Fighting fast fashions, waste, and a synthetic sense of beauty, their plates, bowls, cups, and even jewellery are thoughtfully made and one-of-a-kind. Using their signature Saggar Firing method, delibrate, irregular, and organic marks are made on the ceramics. At Made OF Australia repurposed paint tins form … Continue reading Tiles Made OF Australia

Tile the House with Haustile

It’s another company! Like for most of the companies we cover here at Diary of a Tile Addict, Haustile was born from a pure love and passion for tile, believing no good tiles should ever go unnoticed. But finding the industry lacking, owners Kristin Ortiz and Lindsay Sheets set out on their own, founding Haustile to offer their tasteful finesse with the world. Using cutting-edge … Continue reading Tile the House with Haustile

The Antique Floor Company

There is little better than reclaimed tile. Enjoying the beauty of a fantastically crafted specimen, getting an injection of invaluable history, and helping to save the planet all at the same time? Who doesn’t want that? Nobody, that’s who. That’s why we’re sharing another company bringing the beauty of reclaimed tile to the masses. The Antique Floor Company was started by Philip Marr 12 years … Continue reading The Antique Floor Company

Clay Squared to Infinity

There is no end to the amount of incredible tiles out there. It seems as if each day we are finding something or someone new, and its almost always worth sharing. And today we’ve got our eye on another company. Based in Minneapolis, Clay Squared‘s artist hub creates a range of handmade tiles in all sorts of shapes and sizes, patterns and glazes, as well … Continue reading Clay Squared to Infinity

Whilstling Frog

Our last company for the week is another gem from America. Founded in 1986, Whistling Frog is the creation of artist Rick Pruckler. With previous experience in mural installations and the art of ceramics, Whilstling Frog came about as means to let Pruckler’s creativity run riot. Forming custom glazes and variety of tile making techniques, pieces incorporating elements of nature and stark contrasts began to … Continue reading Whilstling Frog

todobarro

Our next company hails from Spain. The craftsmen of todobarro are an artisanal outfit dedicated to keeping traditions alive, making each tile to order and forming them all by hand. Specialising in terracotta, stunning shapes and earthy shades make up the majority of their collections. Their seven tones (Blanco Antiguo, Baraca, Ambar, Pizarra, Rojiza, Salmón, and Paja flameada) each offer the delicious variety of classic … Continue reading todobarro

Arto Brick

For our third installment of the week we’re looking at a company we have mentioned very briefly before in Doggy Décor. But now they’ll get all the attention they deserve as we take a closer look, and formally introduce you to Arto Brick. The company’s founder Arto Alajian was born in Alexandria, Egypt and classically trained in the arts. When the Egyptian revolution began Arto … Continue reading Arto Brick

Jatana Interiors

Continuing our week of wonder, celebrating companies in all their varied glory, we have an Australian company – Jatana Interiors. A love of colour and design began after founder Sonya Marish’s travels through Asia and the Middle East. What initially started as a hunt for unique treasures became income after Marish strated a market stall in Sydney to sell globally-sourced goodies. Later, a desire to … Continue reading Jatana Interiors

Kibak Tiles

If you read us regularly you’ll know all about our company collection posts that share five companies to keep an eye on. But there are too many for our once-a-month posts to keep up with so this week we are bringing you a new company each day. Monday to Friday we’ll be sharing some wonderfully exciting creatives and brands and we hope you love them … Continue reading Kibak Tiles

Emery & Cie

True lovers of tile are found at today’s company of choice – Emery & Cie. Since 1993 Paris, Brussels, and London based Emery & Cie has brough curated interior touches to homes and spaces, under the creative direction of Agnés Emery. There are so many wonderfully unique designs to be found, including a classic collection of zellige, beautiful fez pottery styles, relief tiles, and faux … Continue reading Emery & Cie

Tilovely

Spanish company Tilovely has brought the colourful personality of Valeria Palmeiro to the world of ceramics. Palmeiro, better known as Coco Dávez, combines the vividness of Andy Warhol with the minimalism of Julian Opie to create a series of ‘faceless’ figures, most of which are immediately recognisable. For Tilovely, the design selected to be transformed into a hydraulic masterpiece was a painting of Spanish Romani … Continue reading Tilovely

New Terracotta

This is a company we’ve been meaning to cover for a while now, a company with no need for trends and a love for simplicity. Established in 2014, New Terracotta is a place of Portuguese passion. Located in Central Portugal, the New Terracotta artisans pride themselves on small-scale, high quality production that offers the best of traditional techniques and contemporary aesthetics. For them, imperfection inherent … Continue reading New Terracotta