How are handmade tiles made?
Handmade Ceramic tile has similar craft as teapot.
Ceramic handmade tiles are made using a combination of clay, water and sand, with additional ingredients such as silica sand, talc or feldspar often included to assist in the creation of different styles, colors or finishes. The mixture is combined, and hand rolled into the desired thickness before being hand cut into the required shapes. The tiles are left to dry before being placed in a kiln to bake them into their finished solid state. If a glaze or etched design is to be included in the tiles, this is either usually completed before the tiles are baked and may sometimes even require two rounds of kiln baking: once before the decorative surface has been applied and once again afterwards.
Do we need to seal handmade tiles?
Whether your handmade tiles will need sealing or not is dependent on the type of material the tile is made of and whether or not there is a glaze included (in the case of ceramic tiles). Concrete is a porous material and as such will require sealing in order to prevent the build-up of grime and moisture from penetrating into the tile which can lead to corrosion and damage. Handmade ceramic tiles can include both glazed and unglazed varieties. Unglazed ceramic tiles will normally require sealing, once again to protect from possible damage, staining or corrosion, whereas a glazed ceramic tile will never require the same treatment as the glaze itself acts as a protective barrier. You will find more detailed information about sealing your tiles and the various sealing products we recommend
How much do handmade tiles cost?
As can be expected of any handcrafted product, ceramic handmade tiles can cost upwards of $300m², making them a high-end finish. This cost of course, accounts for the many years of training and expertise, as well as the labour intensive process involved in their creation and the artistry of the end result itself. Handmade tiles are often made using a less labour intensive processes, with collections making them an affordable alternative that can be used in many areas of the home.
In terms of laying costs, you will not see a dramatic difference in the cost of labour however, it is important to keep in mind that the laying process of a patterned tile that requires matching up with the surrounding tiles will often fetch a higher price tag as there is more time and attention to detail that is required throughout the process.
Handmade tiles offer a wonderfully aesthetic to any interior design project, whether it’s a new bathroom or kitchen renovation. Their timeless appeal and charm lend your project a spectacular sense of personality and texture that is simply unparalleled. Our professional team at Tilemall Rosehill showroom can recommend the most suitable handmade options for your project, whether you are after new wall or floor tiles.