Architectural Tile

History

Wheat Border with Cord & Bead Listello

From castles to cottages, decorative tiles have been used to embellish human habitations for both practical and aesthetic reasons for many centuries. Among the many families of decorative tiles are medieval inlaid tiles, Italian majolica, Dutch floral and pictorial tiles and the 19th century British Arts and Crafts and European Art Nouveau styles. Closer to home, ceramic tiles were very popular during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and demand for them spawned the development of many American art potteries during those years. Many of these tile designs are difficult to find today with well-preserved examples housed mostly in museums, private collections and historical buildings.

Handmade Character

The character and charm of these old tiles can be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to reproduce with modern commercial tile production methods. Far Ridge Ceramics tiles are completely handmade from start to finish and thereby retain much of the personality of antique ceramic tiles. We use several traditional techniques (sculpting, tube lining, carving) to create the molds for our tile designs. The molds are used to cast a wide range of tile designs which are then fired, hand glazed and glaze fired to produce the finished tiles.

Inspiration

Handpainted Bird on a Vine tile

Many of our designs are drawn from the natural world – leaves, herbs, flowers, bark, stone, fish, shells, animals, colors and textures. You will also find designs inspired by an antique butter mold, architectural moldings, stained glass and wrought iron. Please check back often for new offerings as we continue to expand our portfolio of handmade architectural ceramics.

Backsplash & Accent Panels

ButterMold Panel with Three Borders

In the more than fifteen years we’ve been making tiles, we’ve helped our clients create quite a few unique custom accent panels for their homes. With dozens of different accent tiles, border tiles and field tiles that can be glazed in over 200 glaze colors, the possibilities are almost endless. Adding a focal point to your kitchen or bathroom using our artisan made tiles can dress up an installation of commercial made ceramic or stone tiles. Or you can use some of our plain or textured field tiles to make your project even more special. Take a look at photos of some finished projects on our installation page to get inspiration for your own home.

In-Stock Accent Tiles

3×3 SeaShore tiles in French Blue glaze

We have a large selection of accent tiles available in-stock in a range of our most popular glaze colors. You may view the different designs available on our Tile Gallery page. To order, click on the order link which will take you to the appropriate listing in our Far Ridge Ceramics shop on Etsy.com. The listing will provide more information on the tiles including size, colors, quantity available, pricing, shipping and ordering

Custom Glazed Tiles

3/4″x6″ Border tile designs can be glazed in any color you choose

Most of our border and field tiles are custom glazed to order. If we do not have the accent tile you would like in-stock in the quantities or color you need we can also set up a custom order for them. We keep an inventory of unglazed border, field and accent tiles in stock and ready to glaze in the color needed for each client’s project. Please refer to our glaze information to learn more about the glazes we offer. Custom glazed tiles may take from 2-8 weeks to produce depending on the number of tiles ordered and our work load at the time the order is placed. You may contact us at any time for help in placing a custom order.

Applications

Our tiles are most suitable for indoor wall applications. It is also possible to use them for tile counters and table tops, although they are not as hard as commercial tiles and a cast iron skillet handled carelessly could crack them. If you wish to use them for a horizontal surface, please let us know and we can make the tiles thicker. We do not recommend using our tiles on floors or in exposed outdoor areas where they are subject to moisture and freezing temperatures. You may want to check our Process & Production page for pictures and details on how we make our tiles.

Handmade Tiles

Variations in texture, thickness and glaze colors are typical of handmade tiles. There may also be slight warping of the tile and the sizes may vary slightly due to differences in clay shrinkage. The dimensions listed are approximate and may differ by up to 1/8th of an inch. We put extra effort into making our tiles consistent enough for ease of installation without losing the variability that is so much a part of their character. All of our tiles go through quality control as they come out of the kilns and irregularities beyond the acceptable range are weeded out.