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The Kitchen is the Where the Action Happens


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The homeowners have a ledge to work with, offering a nice space to put their cleaning supplies and prized pottery.


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Close up of the space behind the sink. 


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Full kitchen view with all of the colors shimmering. Squirrels love it too!


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Under the cabinets.


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Vibrant colors will make you a happy kitchen dweller.


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Close up of the Gunmetal Blue, Chartreuse, Mango, Moonshine, Satin Black, Atomic colors. You can order samples by calling 612-781-6409


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Herringbone behind the sink breaks up the running bond pattern and adds some flair.


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The Broadway border pattern, up close (and loving every minute of it).


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Running bond field with the colorful, Broadway border.


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A unique space where the stove has a side wall that needs to be protected from all the oils and sauces typical of the cooking experience. 


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Close up of the Broadway border.


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A close up, to show how the tiles meet up in the corners.


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Classic Arts & Crafts Fireplace


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Bullnose tiles allowed us to turn the corner with a glazed edge.


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Full room. Check out the stained glass window design which we echoed in the fireplace.


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Behind-the-sink tile design that makes one smile (even while doing the dishes).


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Great kichen layout and choice of building materials, allowing each element of the kichen to stand out on its own. 


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A hard working stove deserves a fun tile pattern.


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Bold, red-colored kitchen accessories work well with the Wasabi, Copper Patina, and Andromeda Cosmic Clouds. 


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Close up of the Aquila pattern. 


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How the Aquila pattern turns a corner, using bullnose. 


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Andromeda Cosmic Cloud close up, in the  Aquila pattern mix.


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Tile mural behind stove with 2" x 8" tiles in our Northshore glaze, with Coco Moon liners. The mural features a beautifully hand-painted Stone Hollow Tile surrounded by 3" x 3" field tiles.


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Full kitchen experience


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The overall look.


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Shower niches are very functional in small spaces.


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Tile curbs, using bullnose and base cove, keep water where it is supposed to be.


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How the curb looks from above.


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Fun accents that don't cost a lot.


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Cut-out in the middle of two subway tiles. 


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Grab bars are a handy feature.


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A little splash of color behind the sink.


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Unique accent tiles adds character and fun to any space you will enjoy for years to come. Photos by Sarah Whiting Photography, Tile setting by Hohn & Hohn Inc, Contractor Jason's Home


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Creating surprises in usually non-descript areas, like a shower niche, is a great way to add character to your space. Using Cosmic Clouds as accents in a shower will give you a reason to smile every morning.


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Lots of great variation in the tile and carefully positioned accents where the homeowner will notice them, often at eye level, make for a lively look.


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Small details make the difference! Josh designed a double bullnose tile that tops the shower threshold. This bullnose, with parallel bullnose edges, is a newly invented tile that allows water to shed off the top and not sit in the grout lines, which makes cleaning easier. 


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Windows in a shower are usually a big challenge, trying to wick away standing water to mitigate mold situations. Josh created corner L trims that wrap each corner, requiring no grout lines! The window is made of vinyl, so no chance for deterioration of the window, which also helps keep the water at bay. 


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Switch plate with Cosmic Planet friends. No one wants to be lonely, so we gave this switch plate lots of friends to keep her company.


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Corners can be challenging areas to set tile. Hohn & Hohn Inc did a great job setting the handmade tiles so everything matched up visually.


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Small showers can have high impact and refreshing color.


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Details, placed well, make for great design. 


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Peacock tiled rug runner is a nice touch in this small bathroom. Continuing the Jade Moss and Avocado colors, as in the shower, keeps consistency in the whole space.


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Overview of the design of the Peacock floor pattern.


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Placing Cosmic Clouds and Spots as small art works throughout the shower is a way to add more character to any space. 


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Wainscoting usually goes up the wall to a height of 42" to 46". Base coves are used along the floor, sitting on top of the floor (as opposed to flush with the tiles) in this installation. 


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Built-in shower niches are both very utilitarian and add architectural details to a space. 


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Tile wainscoting and toilet 


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Print this out architectural drawing of the bathroom to use to create your own color study for you bathroom project.


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Family bathroom Andromeda Cosmic Cloud mural. A must see when visiting the Eastside Coop!


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Nursing station in the Family bathroom


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Cloud Moon Cosmic Cloud Strip 


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Close up of Cloud Moon 12" x 12" Cosmic Clouds 


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Andromeda Wainscoting


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Milky Way Mint Cosmic Strip


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Home sweet home


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Great view of the urban enviroment


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Close up fo the Cosmic 9


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Planet in the Distance


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Avocado/Aurora Galaxy


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Silver/Red Galaxy


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Full kitchen showcasing a multi-mix pattern.


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Backsplash behind sink protects the wall from water damage and creates a stunning look. The homeowners used bullnose on the top to transition from the tile to the painted wall.


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The homeowners wanted to mix up the accents so there was not a specific focal point.


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Using three colors from our Mid-century historic tile series we represent. Yellow, Dark Green and LIght Green field tile. 


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On point style under the bar. 


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Backsplash on point


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Close up of the On Point design


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A space that calls out for a cup of tea.


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Then using classic subway 3x6 running bond tile it created quite balance of expressive strokes to create this Asian inspired Arts & Crafts kitchen.


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Window view of the room.


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The Pesto side 


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A little Pesto Medieval Floral accent 


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How to turn a corner on the hearth.


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Jade Moss fireplace


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A nice Jade Moss Medieval Floral accent


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Jade Moss side


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They wrapped the corners with our 2" L trim in Pesto. It gives it a finished edge with no grout.


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The hearth 


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Interested in using this design for your project? Print out this sketch to create your own color study.


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Close up fo the Medieval Floral tile in Oatmeal 


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Use a variety of sizes to add texture to the space, allowing the subtle details of the variations in the glazes to add character. The monochromatic running bone tile backdrop is a fitting complement to this Arts & Crafts kitchen, cabinets and ceramics collection.


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Here is the other side 


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Straight on shot


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Close up of the tile mural. Josh made the design using a bas relief technique of raised lines that imitate vines winding their way through the tile. 


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Side view shows the recessed area and the trim tiles that frame the mural.


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Full room experience.


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The handmade field tiles are 2" x 8" glazed in Avocado, Wasabi, Copper Patina, Jade Moss, Hematite and Pesto with Cosmic Cloud accents randomly dispersed through out the backsplash. --Sarah Whiting Photography


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The tiles behind the handmade copper hood give a finished look, even in the smallest areas.


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The handmade field tiles are 2" x 8" glazed in Avocado, Wasabi, Copper Patina, Jade Moss, Hematite and Pesto with Cosmic Cloud accents randomly dispersed through out the backsplash. --Sarah Whiting Photography


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The full fireplace. 


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Pot fillers have been around in Europe for a long time. Americans are getting into the act. Every home owner who has one swears by them. Just image how easy it is to fill up your teapot and water for boiling noodles. 


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You know you want a kitchen like this. Lots of storage and beautiful tiles to finish off your space.


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Our ceramic switch plates make a great finishing touch to any space. They choose Copper Patina. 


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Full shot of this fabulous tiled kitchen.

Hint: When using random decorative tiles it allows the home owner to have lots of cooking equipment on the counter and never not miss out on a little piece of art somewhere in the kitchen.


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Close up of the variations 



 


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The original kitchen of this bungalow was typical of its era: very small, and traversed by traffic from three doorways. With only four feet of 30-inch high counter space this busy little kitchen was less than functional. The clients dreamed of a functional modern kitchen, yet wanted to stay within the original style of the period.


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Corners of kitchens are always challenging spaces to design. They are so big but you can only put objects like toaster ovens or knives in one direction. This kitchen has a nice open display of dishes and the mosaic trim allows for objects to be moved around and still see the patterns.


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Have fun with your patterns and design to create a more signiture architectural element in your home and it looks original to the home. Fun fact, the home owner had these cabinets made to fit the style of the home. 


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Side view. 


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Hearth overview detail.


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Detail of accent tile by Stone Hollow Tile


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Corner shot of hearth pattern.


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A stunning kitchen!


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Tiling around a window over a sink is a very common design challenge. Note how on the top of the window they used the tile to finish off the small strip creating a potentially bland space into a gem of a detail. 


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Simple pattens with graphic results are a trade mark of the Art Deco era. Choosing only two main colors and a few different sizes make the design pop.


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Before and After photos really tell the story of how transformative handmade tiles can be for a space. All the while keeping the identity of the period from when the home was built. 


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Full shot of the kitchen


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A throne for a king or a queen.


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Crown Trim is a classic touch


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The underside of the sink never looked so good.


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Herringbone pattern in Marshmallow. 1" x 2" 


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Working with maps and airial views of the earth Josh created Elevations 1. A 24 piece Cosmic Cloud mural.  A multi fired process to create textures and organic glaze blending helped create this work. It is available for purchase. Contact Josh if you are interested.


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Saturn Ring Swing 26" x 26"  is was created with the mindset of making an Orb but I decided to keep it in a square format. The rings are attached clay ribbons. Each strip on each tile is glazed with a different color. The color could be used only once per 8" x 8" tile. Using Marshmallow as the background I am experimenting with a new color palette.  If you are interested in a custom piece contact Josh to discuss ideas.


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Ebb and Flow is a work of complex patterning and bas relief, twisting and turning throughout the 4' x 3' surface. See each individual tile documented on Josh's Facebook page; click here to see how it was made, from start to finish. If you are interested in a custom piece contact Josh to discuss ideas.


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Art-Nouveau Quilt was inspired by wallpaper designs of the 1920s. While wallpaper patterns are generally more formal, these tiles are interconnected via richly colored glazes and 3D impressions to create an organic, overall design.  This work was commissioned to fit a specific niche in the client's home. If you are interested in a custom piece contact Josh to discuss ideas.


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Simplicity of form with variation reveals the abstract nature of a glaze, allowing the viewer to see forms that resemble real images. Taking natural plants, like barley, and then enlarging the small plant form up to a 32" x 54" mural allows the viewer to really explore the beauty of the glazes.  Viewing the work from a distance further enhances the resulting graphic image. This piece is in a private collection. If you are interested in a custom piece contact Josh to discuss ideas.


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Many Cosmic murals are commissions for specific spaces. Arched Swirl was made to fill the arched space over a fireplace. This piece was the inspiration for many more shaped Cosmic murals. If you are interested in a custom piece contact Josh to discuss ideas.


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Space Fiddle was inspired by the work of Karl Blossfeldt, a German Photographer (1865-1932).  Botanics have wonderful patterns and forms to be captured in clay and glazes. If you are interested in a custom piece contact Josh to discuss ideas.


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Cosmic Antenna is a playful work of interesting forms reminding viewers of animals, insects and plant life.  The piece is 3' x 4'. If you are interested in a custom piece contact Josh to discuss ideas.


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Cosmic Ring Swing 25" x 25". Experimenting with some new colors and design concept Josh painted each of the raised rings a different colors in each of the 9 tiles creating a swirling effect. Over 10 colors used. 


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Super Nova is 31" x 31". The ring around the edges are actual holes going through the clay. So you could say this super nova is see through to other universes! I glazed this pieces after looking at wallpaper designs. Using looping gestures to create the lines and filling in the loop spaces with every color in my studio. A wonderful effect. 


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Hex Nebula has many optical illusions to it. (How many shapes can you find?) It was fired multilple times to get the finished glaze effects. The piece is 43" x 32" and is available to purchase for $1320. Contact Josh if you are interested in more info.


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Steamer Planet is a dimensional, 36" round Cosmic. Multiple bas relief textures ripple through the piece.


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Cosmic Compression was created by adding multiple glazes compressed next to each other in thick rows. The colors blend a little with each other but hold their form. When firing in the kiln, the glazes melt together to create auras, new color blends and fabulous patterning.


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Nova Planet is made up of 32, 6" x 6" textured tiles, with 1 inch between each piece. The inspiration for this work was aerial photography and space images.


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Ripple Planet is 32" x 32". It is made using impressions pressed into the surface, creating a rippling bas-relief effect through the piece.


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This tiled fireplace is in the brand new showroom for Castle Building & Remodeling, Inc at 2600 Johnson St NE. Designed by Katie Jaydan ASID Interior Designer. She chose 2" x 4" Avocado Field Tile to make the fireplace the center piece of this beautiful room.
 


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Great Hearth!


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This is an amazing tile installation matching up the herringbone tiles as they transition from the wall to the floor. It is much like matching a quilt but with harder materials. Tile setter Hohn & Hohn is did a great job.


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Mono Chromatic with variations is a great way to add charter. Our Pesto has nice shades of darker and lighter greens with flashes of blue as the glaze pools in thicker applications. Order your pesto sample click here.


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North Shore 2" x 4" with Cosmic Spot decos in the field transforms a simple space into something spectacular! Click here to see your choics of Cosmic Spots.


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Multi mix of 2x8 tiles with Cosmic Spots and Clouds accents. Tiles used Jade Moss, Copper Patina, Pesto and Avocado 

Click here to see your choics of Cosmic Spots.


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Subway Running bond pattern in Robins Egg


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Multi size subway tiles Pesto 4x6, 2x6 and pencil liner in Jade Moss.


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Pesto running bond with custom accent and 1" x 2" trim in Pesto


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Avocado and Pesto 3" x 6" running bond pattern for backsplash.


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2x6" truffle running bond with Pesto 1" pencil trim. Accent insert by Stone Hollow Tile.


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3" x 6" Running bond in Pesto with Large Peacock insert behind stove


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Lots of appliances? Trims are great design concepts to make sure you always enjoy all of the fun colors and patterns no matter what's on your counter.


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Full view kitchen.


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Switch plates come in lots of color combonations. 


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The full kitchen showcase


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This space aged kitchen is the center of attention with a simple stacked pattern. We like how they split the grid by using an 8"x 8" Cosmic Spot in the field of 4"x4".


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Stacked with cut out decos randomly placed.  This is a great way to play with visual of the griding of the field tile and the Cosmic Spots bouncing your eye around the space.  This has been one of the most popular emulated designs Clay Squared to Infinity has every created.  Pick your field tile color and you can choose any of our designs to utilize ie Cosmic Spots, Cosmic Clouds and Medievals.  We can even make the switch plates have spots too!


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Have some fun with a multi mix of colors and stack the design to keep the grid simple and allow the colors to pop.


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Stacked Abstract tiles don't always have to link together. It makes a visual interest for the viewer. Family bathroom Andromeda Cosmic Cloud mural. A must see when visiting the Eastside Coop!


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This is a more contemporary design with high contrast between the field tile Marshmallow and Cosmic Spots alternating up and down.

Up down Cosmic Spot Marshmallow field

Up down Matador Red spot / Wisteria in Marshmallow field


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Design and pattern is a great way to add character to any space. 4" x 4" Cosmic Spots Aurora Borealis Spot/Avocado background with the lower rows a 2" clipped corner in Jade Moss with 1" x 1" mosaics in Aurora Borealis and Avocado up and down in the pattern. Click here to order your color samples. 


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A trim in a stacked design is a nice way to break up a the grid. Add a little spice with a Cosmic Cloud and BAM! You have a altered your universe and wowed your friends. 


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Deepest Blue gets highlighted well with a mix of Periwinkle trim and a Cosmic Spot in the main field. Using dark colors can create dramatic settings and create a mood in a room. Click here to order some samples for your project.


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This stacked pattern plays with two shapes the 1" x 8" as the main field that can make a space look a little longer than it actually is.  Notice how the Cosmic Spots break the grid. 

Cosmic Spot - 4 inch with 1"x 8" field

Matador Red Spot / Coco Moon - Cosmic Spot 4" x 4" with 1"x 8" field in Matador Red


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Close up of fireplace key.


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Full room. Just beckons you to come and read by the fireplace


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Making a mosaic tile design at an angle takes a moment to contemplate how it will come together. Free form thinkers and planners both can do projects like this one featured. Ask Josh how you can make your tile mosaic come to life.


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The Mid-Century was all about bold colors: Pinks, Greens, Yellows, Cobalt, and Maroons. We offer 20 colors, with all the trimmings, to make your Mid-Century home stay authentic and keep its value.
To see colors and purchase click here


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Mid-Century tile base coves and mudcaps.  These tile pieces are the details that make a bathroom have that finished top-of-the-line look.
Click here to order trim for your tile project. 
 


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Mudcaps are a traditional finishing edge for bathroom and kitchen projects. They have a rounded edge that allows tiles to turn corners 90 degrees without a grout line. No need to miter. They are great for shower curb entries and ledges. Many are used for the top of wainscoting as a finishing edge. Each of the trims come in all of the field tile colors offered.
Click here to order trim for your tile project.


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Mid-Century base coves curve from the floor to the wall, allowing easier cleaning. We offer inside and outside corners. Base coves can sit on top of the floor tiles or match up, to be flush with the floor product. If you choose to go on top of the existing floor, remind us to get the edge glazed.  Each of the trims come in all of the field tile colors offered.
Click here to order trim for your tile project.
 


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Quarter rounds are used for corner applications, creating a smooth transition and avoiding having to miter corners. They make for easier cleaning and care. Each of the trims come in all of the field tile colors offered
.Click here to order trim for your tile project.


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Field tiles cover large areas, as in walls and floors and are most often square or rectangular shaped. We offer 20 colors for you to choose from in 10 different shapes including subway tiles, squares, hexagons and certosa shapes. All are available in the traditional sizes of the Mid-Century period: 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" and 3" x 6".
 Click here to order a sample pack of 5 colors for your tile project.


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Bullnose tiles are used to finish off edges where tiles meet wall surfaces, like sheet rock, wallpaper or any exposed area. They have a slightly softened edge that is glazed and goes right up to the wall. Great for finishing wainscoting and shower walls.  Each of the trims come in all of the field tile colors offered.
 Click here to order trim for your tile project.


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Turns are a wonderful speicalty tiles usually used for corners in doors or in window applications. It allows the user to turn corners smoothly, avoiding mitering tiles. It makes for a great finished look. Each of the trims come in all of the field tile colors offered. 
Click here to order trim for your tile project.


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Trim tiles are the decorative spice that the Mid-Century owners loved. A little color liner creates a finishing edge to frame in bathrooms and kitchen projects. You can order single color trims for only $3.00 each! Multi-color options are available as well. Contact us if you are interested in a custom trim. Each of the liners come in all of the field tile colors offered.
 Click here to order trim for your tile project.


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The finished product in all its glory!


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Jade bathroom in 3" x 6" subway tile


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Skyline bathroom in 3" x 6" subway tile. 


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Fun mix of colors with the tiles on Point. 


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Close up of backsplash 


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Backsplash behind the stove 


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Flat Edge Tile offers exact matches of tiles made from the 1890's to the 1930's.

Sample program

Our sample program gives you up to 5 color samples
of Flat Edge Historic tiles for $12.95, shipping included.

Tiles are usually received within a week.

To order samples please call: 612-781-6409 or e-mail: josh@claysquared.com.  


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Sample program

Our sample program gives you up to 5 color samples
of Flat Edge Historic tiles for $12.95, shipping included. 

Tiles are usually received within a week.

To order samples please call: 612-781-6409 or e-mail: josh@claysquared.com.  


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Sample program

Our sample program gives you up to 5 color samples for $12.95,
shipping included.

Tiles are usually received within a week.

To order samples please call: 612-781-6409 or e-mail: josh@claysquared.com.  


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Victorian and Bungalow era colors. These tiles will look original to the home.

Our sample program gives you up to 5 color samples
of Flat Edge Historic tiles for $12.95, shipping included. 

To order samples please call: 612-781-6409 or e-mail: josh@claysquared.com


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Sample program
Our sample program gives you up to 5 color samples for $12.95, shipping included. Tiles are usually received within a week. Standard packet includes: Avalon, White, one color of your choice and two porcelain hexes, in both historic white and Charcoal.
To order samples please call: 612-781-6409 or e-mail: josh@claysquared.com


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Flat Edge unglaze mosaic floor tiles are iconic for homes built from the 1890's to the 1950's. Found in bathrooms, entryways, verandas and kitchen floors. Hexagon, squares, penny rounds and rectangles were used to make seemingly infinite patterns and borders. Clay Squared to Infinity represents reproduction tiles being recreated to the original look, color and patterns from the period homes. Whether you want simple classic hexagon patterns in one color or a rug pattern it is possible to recreate or repair the style original to the period your home was built.


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Flat Edge unglaze mosaic floor tiles are iconic for homes built from the 1890's to the 1950's. Found in bathrooms, entryways, verandas and kitchen floors. Hexagon, squares, penny rounds and rectangles were used to make seemingly infinite patterns and borders. Clay Squared to Infinity represents reproduction tiles being recreated to the original look, color and patterns from the period homes. Whether you want simple classic hexagon patterns in one color or a rug pattern it is possible to recreate or repair the style original to the period your home was built.


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Soap Dishes and Accessories are the finishing touch to recreate the look of the Vintage era bathroom.

Please allow Average delivery time is 4 - 6 weeks for accessories.

Crackle glazes are aspecial order and are non-returnable.

The crackle glazed fixtures can have pooling making edges darker around the piece, creating lots of beautiful variation.


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Beautiful use of tile and wood to create this modern Arts & Crafts kitchen.


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The Arts & Crafts Revival Arts with Medieval Floral Tiles. This pattern has become very popular. Sizes of tiles to make is pattern include 1x2, 4x4, 2x6 and 2x4. With two accent tiles per panel. Choose your favorite accent ie a Medieval Floral, Cosmic Cloud, Cosmic Spot or Cosmic Flare. Contact us if you would like to customize this pattern for your project.


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When you look close you will see we made the trim that wrapped around the glass block window. This allows that they will never have to worry about rotting wood and repainting. The window is also an excellent way to add light to your under cabinets.


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Designing around the electrical outlets is a breeze with Clay Squared's glazed ceramic switch plates that you can order in the colors of your ceramic field tile.


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Don't forget to tile the small niche areas that detail out your kitchen.


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There are always one of a kind Cosmic Tiles at the showroom in NE Minneapolis. Come down and pick out your favorites for you space.


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Inner Tree


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Elegant "throne" resting on beautiful peacock tiles.


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Here is straight shot when looking down and you can see the transition of how our tiles meet the stone hallway floor.


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Louis Voigt the tile setter laid 3600 individual tiles by hand making this amazing powder room floor come to life.


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Close up of donor tiles


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Entry to Ranchero Mirage Library. 


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Lots of stamps, patterns and bas relief was used to make each of the tiles


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Make any room more stylish with color and pattern.


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This is the fun part choosing the mosaics from Clay Squared to Infinity. Levi patina, Brulee, marigold, matador red, golden rod, steel patina, north shore, jade moss, hematite, pistachio, wasabi, copper patina, Pesto, avocado, Aurora borealis, nutmeg, caramel, frosted malt. Check our all of our choices click here.


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Laying out of the large tiles.


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Close up of fireplace key.


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Full room. Just beckons you to come and read by the fireplace


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We are calling this a Railroad Step Up pattern. The client wanted to have an Art Deco feel using two main colors Copper Patina and Avocado in four sizes 2x6", 1x2", 4x4" and 2x4" with a trim of 1x2" in multi colors really made this space pop. Click here to choose colors for your project.


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Twenty two historically accurate colors mesh mounted 1/8" thick unglazed porcelain mosaic tiles.  Color is the same all the way through resulting in very durable tiles that do not show the effects of heavy traffic. When wet, they do not get slippery and are great for bathrooms, entry ways and kitchens.  Order a sample pack click here


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Classic Border patterns


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Multi Mix of 2"x 2" tiles in a stacked pattern. 


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Multi Mix 8 
blend has eight colors and three sizes.

Colors
Nutmeg, Oatmeal, Brullee, Golden Rod, Flan, Caramel, Levi Patina and Gingersnaps. Click here to see all of our colors

Sizes 1" x 1", 2" x 2" and 1" x 2"
Order your colors with our sample pack click here


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2x4" Oatmeal tiles with random accents of both Cosmic Spots and colored field tile to create a multi-mix random pattern. 


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The Aquilla Pattern utilized here as an Arts & Crafts colors with Medieval Floral Tiles. This pattern has become very popular. Sizes of tiles to make is pattern include 1x2, 4x4, 2x6 and 2x4. With two accent tiles per panel. Choose your favorite accent ie a Medieval Floral, Cosmic Cloud, Cosmic Spot or Cosmic Flare. Contact us if you would like to customize this pattern for your project.


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Multi Mixes 3
can be one size too. If you choose more than 3 colors you will be able to get away from specific patterns and create totally random concepts.  If you choose two or three colors it is hard not to get a structured pattern.
Order your colors with our sample pack click here.


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Checker Grid - Same design three different color ideas.


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This modern design style helps keep your kitchen remodeling on budget by only tiling behind the stove. We call this our Norway Mix since it was ordered from a family in Norway! Colors used Jade Moss, Pesto, Nutmeg, Coco Moon and North Shore all in 1"x1", 1" x 2" and 2" x 2". We can help you make your own custom blend. We can even name it after where you live!


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Random Mix 6
Six colors. Pistachio, Aurora Borealis, Pesto, Jade Moss, Frosted Malt and North Shore.
 
Order your colors with our sample pack click here.


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Mosaicing is really about personality. Some people like simple clean lines other like the expressive options. This super multi mix of colors, shapes and sizes comes together in a wonderful pattern. Josh has lots of experience helping people design and choose color and sizes to make your mosaic one of a kind.  Ask us how we can help you design your mosaic.
Order your colors with our sample pack click here.


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Making a mosaic tile design at an angle takes a moment to contemplate how it will come together. Free form thinkers and planners both can do projects like this one featured. Ask Josh how you can make your tile mosaic come to life.
Order your colors with our sample pack click here.


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Multi Mix 4
2" x 2"  with Jade Moss, Avocado, Aurora Borealis and Copper Patina. 
Order your colors with our sample pack Click here.


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Make a floor rug pattern with peacock/scallop tiles. Using two colors in rows to create a rug design. 


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Make a stunning statement with Peacock/Scallop Tiles. 
2" Peacock Tiles in Aurora Borealis


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4" x 4" Zig Zags in Oatmeal. Every color of our color line used for the 1" mosaic inserts.


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Midnight in Tangeries Stars in Aurora Borealis and Hexagons and Copper Patina.


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Stars and Hex Coffee Cake and Coco Moon


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Hexagons


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Emulating shapes in the architecture respects the building and compliments the space. Plus it just looks great!
These Peacock Tiles measure 3 3/4" wide and 3/1 4" high
Avocado and North Shore were used
Order your samples today!


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Peacock Orbs - Avocado and Aurora Borealis.


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In and Out Peacock Pattern - Blueberry and Robins Egg.


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2" Peacock Tiles in pattern Aurora Borealis and Frosted Malt.


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Working the tile around tight spaces really finishes off any space.


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These beautiful cabinets were made locally in Minneapolis by Steven Cabinets


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Marsmallow 1" x 2" bathroom floor. A classic look making a sharp statement for a small bathroom.


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Copper patina herringbone pattern in a 1" x 2". Great floor tile. Think about getting a heated floor too, it is very nice! 


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Pesto Herringbone 2" x 4".


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Ginger Snaps 1" x 2" makes a great floor entry way. 


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Herringbone 3 color step up - Aurora Borealis, Wasabi and Northshore


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Photos by Sarah Whiting Photography
Client worked with

VIVUS Architecture + Design LLC


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Corner and transition between rooms. Marshmallow 2x6" with 1" x 2" in Marshmallow. The transistion is a checker board pattern using 1" x 1" Marshmallow and Gingersnaps.


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Peacock corner! This fabulous pattern a triple corner to work around. We always recommend laying out the tiles before setting to make sure your patterns all line up and create the look you want.


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Ginger Snaps and Marsmallow double corner and transition between spaces.


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Corner turns on hearths with little mosaic can add some Arts & Crafts design to a stacked pattern. Also a two tone effect can frame in the fireplace hearth design.


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Doric Key Border - Marshmallow and Black shown. We can make in any color combo in our field tile line. Click here to see our colors


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Multi color mosaic with a border of Avocado subway tiles. We can make in any color combo in our field tile line. Click here to see our colors


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Clipped Corner border. A simple way to add colors at a different angles and not break the square grid. 


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How to Install Handmade Tile

This is a basic guide to install your own tiles.
Tools/Supplies Needed

Sponge
Rubber gloves
Notched Trowel
Toothbrush
Large bristle brush
Paper towels
Apron
Terry cloth or old rags
Rubber float for bigger projects
2 bowls or buckets
Clean water
Masking tape

Adhesive and Grout to use with Handmade Tile

Recommended Brands: Adhesive ProLite® by Custom Building ProductsTM,  TEC Superflex


Before You Begin

1. Verify your order is complete and you have all supplies necessary.
2. Lay out the project to see if the measurements are correct and check where possible cuts may lie. This also allows you to see the amount of variation in the tiles. They can be arranged to enhance this inherent quality.
3. Cutting tiles - Wet saws are the best to cut straight lines on handmade tile.

Tile Surfaces

Concrete is the best surface to adhere tile to and comes in three forms for tile installations:

Poured Concrete with no sealers added to surface
Hardibacker ceramic tile backer board comes in several different thicknesses. Score and cut like sheetrock or cut with masonry saw blade.
Unpainted Sheetrock or Dense Shield is the next best surface with which to adhere tile.

Surface Preparation for Handmade Tiles

The work surface must be structurally sound, dry, and free from oil, grease, dust, loose or peeling paint, concrete sealers or curing compounds. Clean all surfaces with a dry towel. Sand painted surfaces. All wood should be sealed with a polyurethane. Begin when fully dry.
Mortar and Adhesives for Handmade Tiles

Clay Squared recommends using a concrete based mortar adhesive.

1. Mix adhesive into a creamy peanut butter consistency and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Do not make up more than you can set in a 20 to 30 minute period.
2. Remix and apply or follow manufacturer's directions.
3. With gloves on, spread mortar over surface with a notched trowel. To guarantee full coverage with our tile, we recommend applying adhesive to the back of the tile as well as the surface it is adhered to.
4. Allow tiles to sit for at least 24 to 48 hours if possible before grouting the surface.

Silicone or PL 200 may be used to adhere tiles for smaller projects, and silicone specifically for glass tiles as it dries clear. If you plan to adhere tile to wood, we recommend PL 200. Both come in caulking tube dispensers.


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Notched trowels are used to spread and "comb" adhesives onto the underlayment. Two sides of the trowel are notched with either "V" or "square-shaped" notches.

Use a square-notched trowel for setting thinsets on horizontal surfaces. Use v-notched trowels for setting mastics on vertical surfaces.

Trowels also come in different notch depths. Use one that's two-thirds the thickness of the tile you're setting.

If you don't want to invest a lot in trowels, you can get less expensive plastic ones at your tile supply store.

TIP: Another helpful tool for scooping out adhesives and grout, and for spreading adhesives in narrow places is the margin trowel.


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Many handmade tiles are not completely flat. That's when you need to "back butter" the tiles individually. Spread the adhesive on the back of the tile with a notched trowel. If the tile is too small you can also use a margin trowel to spread the adhesive and scratch in notches with the edge of the trowel. Set the tile giving it a little twist to insure good contact with the underlayment.


Clean Up

Always clean your hands, tools, and bucket in a separate bucket with clean water. Mortar dumped in the sink will ruin the drain.


Grout for Handmade Tiles

Grout is the filler between the tile joints. It is a concrete material but not an adhesive.

Choosing Grout

There are three types of grout: Sanded, Unsanded, and Epoxy

Sanded grout - used for joints larger than 3/16" and used in most handmade tile installations.
Unsanded grout - used for joints smaller than 3/16" and used mostly with commercial tiles.
Epoxy grout is new to the grout world. Consult a distributor of tile materials for its best uses.

Using Grout

Follow manufacturer's directions. If grouting dimensional or matte tiles, use masking tape to protect the tile surface. Taping speeds the clean up process and prevents grout from adhering to unglazed areas. Remove tape once grout has been cleaned.

1. Use clean cool water and mix grout to a creamy peanut butter mixture.
2. Holding a rubber grout float or using gloved hands, force grout diagonally into joints ensuring joints are completely filled.
3. Clean right away with a dry terry cloth or paper towels. Do not add more water, it can weaken the grout.
4. Once cleaned, let sit for 48 to 72 hours to cure.


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Choosing a grout color

This example of grout choices is on Clay Squared Autumn Sky. There are significant differences when choosing a grout color. White grouts with dark colors will create a griding effect. Gray grout is the old standby; you usually can't go wrong. Black grout can be beautiful, but it will fill any crackles in the glaze and will show up changing the look of un grouted tile, so do a test before settling on black grout.
Sealer for Tiles

Sealers are relatively new to tiling. An additional sealer is optional since the mortar and grout already contain silicone additives that act as sealers.


Installing Switch Ceramic Plates

Your old screws will most likely work. Use care not to tighten too hard because SWITCHPLATES DO NOT BEND!


Installing Ceramic House Numbers

Pre-drill holes into the surface the numbers are to be adhered. Stucco requires a masonry bit to drill the holes. Manually screw the numbers into the intended surface. Do not use power tools! House numbers may also be installed much the same as a tile (see above).


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Multi colors of tiles on point is a great way to add style to your space. 


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How to Install Handmade Tile

This is a basic guide to install your own tiles.
Tools/Supplies Needed

Sponge
Rubber gloves
Notched Trowel
Toothbrush
Large bristle brush
Paper towels
Apron
Terry cloth or old rags
Rubber float for bigger projects
2 bowls or buckets
Clean water
Masking tape


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Your view as you enter one of the main doors into the capitol. 


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Located in the tunnel underneath the main staircase. This entry is used by the governers to enter the capitol when the weather is not not up to par.


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Corner shot with Zig Zag tiles with base cove in Avocado and Hematite


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Zig Zag tiles with base cove in Avocado and Hematite


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 Overview from the 2nd floor balcony looking down on the benches and lines. 


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Randy's "Community Reading Lamp" An Aerial Sculpture reatured over the seating area where community members can view the lamp from underneath and from the balcony. It also can be seen from the outside of the building especially at night when it is lit up.


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Sheryl's table within the benches.


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Josh's floor design lines Intersect with the mosaic benches lines made by Sheryl Tuorila.


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Floor plan drawing, Randy Walker drew for the proposal


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Section through seating area form outside view drawing.


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Entry view from staircase drawing.


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Bench types drawing


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Aerial sculpture from balconly drawing