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

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

Phenomenal Fusterlandia

Tile Addict previously explored Little Havana in Southern Florida, admiring the mural by Santos Mendez at TD Bank which captures the bright, bold essence of Cuban culture. It was a delight to find out that just outside the original Havana stands a miraculous mosaic masterpiece spanning the small fishing neighbourhood of Jaimanitas. It all started with one home and one mind: both belonging to José … Continue reading Phenomenal Fusterlandia

claything flexible clay textile hybrid

Clay Cloth

Exploring new and unusual materials is a rare Tile Addict treat. Today there is something unexpected to see, the unlikely pairing of clay and textile. ‘Ceramics on the move’ is the tagline of aptly named CLAYTHING and the company’s desire is to take advantage of their knowledge of clay to break down the limited perceptions of this ancient material. Experimenting with shape, form, and movement, … Continue reading Clay Cloth

Qwerty Mosaics

There’s a wonderful movement in the art world. Mosaics have been breaking out of their ceramic hold for a while, but now there’s a whole new branch to explore. There seems to be no better name for it than the Qwerty Mosaics which were brought to Tile Addict’s attention by none other than mosaic master Gary Drostle. Multiple artists have taken advantage of the raft … Continue reading Qwerty Mosaics

Doggy Décor

Last month at Coverings the tiled doghouse program returned seeing twenty members of Tile Council of North America, Inc. (TCNA) generously donate unique, handcrafted tiled doghouses to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Using doghouse forms from WediCorp and TCNA, participating companies created works of art that not only represent the versatility that tiles have to offer, but the completed works will be auctioned to … Continue reading Doggy Décor

Cape Town’s cathedal of culture crowned

Heatherwick Studio’s Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary African Art) in Cape Town, South Africa – one of the most outstanding architectural achievements of recent years – has been crowned winner in the New and Old – Completed Buildings category at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam. Continue reading Cape Town’s cathedal of culture crowned

Collaboration with Alejandro Zaera in Aiuchi, Japan

Toni Cumella: Ceramic Visionary

Toni Cumella’s ceramic expertise has been utilised by architects such as Enric Miralles, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, and Jean Nouvel. These collaborations have made Ceramica Cumella’s material a key component of Barcelona’s stunning built environment. Continue reading Toni Cumella: Ceramic Visionary

The new portal at Sylter Welle is formed from light-transmitting Lucem Lichtbeton concrete

Luminous Landmark

A luminous portal made of fascinating light transmitting concrete has been created on Germany’s most beautiful and expensive island Sylt. Embedded in dunes, and with panoramic views of the North Sea, the Sylter Welle is a unique adventure pool with indoor and outdoor areas. Continue reading Luminous Landmark