It is important to understand that the differences in colour, shape, size, moisture absorption are the unique characteristics that distinguish each
of these tile products.
A coloured, liquid glaze is applied to the surface of a clay body.
Size and Length Variation
The tile is fired in a kiln at very high temperatures of more than 1.050 ºC .
The glazing process defines the colour and surface texture and produces a hard, non-porous, impermeable tile with a very low water absorption rate.
Glazed tiles are easier to clean and any liquid on its surface will drain faster.
Our tiles shrink during the production process.
Lengthwise Bowing and Surface Undulation
You can expect some variation, especially on longer tiles.
Clay is an elastic material; therefore it will attempt to regain its original shape as it moves through the production process. For this reason, you can expect both an acceptable amount of lengthwise bowing and a surface undulation.
Color and Glaze variation
Undulation can occur anywhere on the surface and could include a slightly raised corner or edge.
Shade variation is inherent in all fired ceramic products and certain tiles will show greater variation within their dye lots.
We assign all our glazes with a low, moderate, high or very high rating. See our Glaze Guide for a complete description of glaze characteristics.
Glazing on relief tiles will vary in thickness and as a result the glazing may appear darker and lighter in different areas throughout the tile.
Meticulously plan your layout. The time you take for preparation and placement will greatly impact the finished
Pre-sort your tile by colour and size so you can distribute the range of variation throughout the installation.
Blending is recommended.
Inspect each tile for cracks or other deformities that make its use inappropriate for the application intended.
We advise a grout join (our standing grouting space is 2-5 mm) which joins the tiles so that they touch one another with an irregular space left between tiles, created by the imperfection of the edges.
Grout joint width can be varied to adjust tile alignment with adjacent handmade tiles or other architectural elements.
Give design consideration to the grout colour as relates to the colour of tile chosen. There may be a desire to accentuate the tile with a border of contrasting grout colour. To more closely connect each tile with each other, use a grout colour in a hue that approximates the colours found in the tile.