Motive:Bloomin a circleSize:ca. 12 cm x 12 cmThickness:ca. 1,5 cmWeight:ca. 400 g
Each tile is handmade and unique.
Copies from your own tiles or motives (for example family-or city-emblems) are also available on request. Prize on request, just ask us!
2-coloured tiles played a big role for decoration possibilities in churches, castles and noble properties in the middle age. They were decorated with geometric, floral or figurative forms and were placed with one-colored tiles. They were very common in Northeurope during the 12th-16th century, in france and england even later. But they are so rare today, that they are considered as disappeared. Archeologists are still finding many exemplars and expose them in collections. The main task in the fabrication was to fill a pre-stamped tileform with white argil before it’s glazing and burning which was the way to bund both coats.
The technicians were able to reconstruct the industrial art by studying the found pieces in a very complicated way, and also with rare, traditional informations given by the ceramist and the tile-maker. The whole producing process; including the composition of drawings and forms, the argile’s stocking, the glazing and all the different colours; needs a lot of delicate and long procedures.
The figurative themes (persons, plants, real or imaginary animals). The geometric themes were arranged in a linear or a circular way and offer extraordinary possibilities. Heraldry is also very common. Emblems, animals, plants, royalty, all these themes exist in any possible forms.
The tiles are made in a form which is bigger than the tile will be (the tiles lose about one centimeter on each side after the drying- and burning-process). The design is stamped with a cavity which is formed as a negative form and leaves a deep imprint. The cavity's fabrication needs a lot of time and patience.
After the first drying-process, the hole is filled with white liquid argile. After a few days, the argileoverdose is removed to check the imprint’s quality. This is the most difficult task in the whole process. After that, the tiles are dried and rotated in a dry place. Finally, 3 or 4 tiles are getting to the ultimate drying-process (1 month).
After the drying-process, the tile can be glazed. The tile is burned during 24 hours with a temperature of over 1000 degrees. Finally, the tiles are coated in inseed oil and bees wax and get a natural Patina.
Bloom in a circle, tile made with historic model