If you’re interested in a project, the first step is a conversation. As we talk, I learn about your ideas and preferences, and we explore the outlines of what’s possible. Ideally, this occurs in the location where the work will be installed. In the case of new construction, it’s helpful to see idea-boards and design plans, so that the tile design will feel integral in the finished room. The lines and colors of the land itself can suggest a design.
I'll ask questions and listen closely to your answers: Do you tend to like geometric symmetry, or flowing organic lines? Are you interested in muted neutral colors, or something a bit dramatic? Do you know whether you prefer glossy or satin matte finish? Do you want bas relief elements, or smooth surfaces? I’ll show you some tile samples during this visit, so you can visualize the possibilities.
Next, I make a drawing of the planned piece, and send it to you for approval. In light of our conversation, I work on blending glazes to create your palette, and give (or physically send) the sample tiles to you. We fine-tune your palette together -- with the understanding that the kiln exerts its own forces during firing, and glaze colors are never uniform.
When the whole piece is ready, I’ll come and install it over the course of a few days. You are responsible for having the substrate (cement backer board) already in place. If the piece is not too large, I can purchase the backer board for you and do most of the installation ahead of time, off-site.
About the tiles
The tiles are made from a fine white porcelain clay. They are fired at the same temperature (about 2300 degrees F) as commercial porcelain tiles, making them impervious to moisture even without glazing.