how we make tiles

The life of the tile begins weeks before decoration. A blend of kaolin and china clay is used to create the Victorian tile on a fly-wheel press. The tiles produced have the same sharp square edge that made the originals so distinctive.

Once released, the tiles are placed onto wooden boards to dry before being biscuit fired to 1060°C in cranks.

When the tiles are cool they are dipped in an engobe, a blend of slip and glaze. This gives an eggshell surface suitable for hand-painting with a brush.

Many of our tiles are extensively hand-painted requiring several layers of underglaze colours hand formulated to our own unique recipes. The complementary plain coloured tiles are also hand decorated. They are distinctive, individual and full of character.

Finally, the decorated tiles are returned to the kiln and fired to complete the process.