Archive for November, 2008
Alica Tapp Designs makes a variety of custom tile products.
Some of their choices include:
- Porcelain kiln filred tiles, which are the only tiles that will last a lifetime outdoors or in a pool. Kiln fired tiles are created at 1800 degrees fahrenheit.
- Laser etched marble.
- Vintage labels (wine labels, liquor labors, fruit crate, cigar art, and others) on tile.
The site also offers ideas for tile mural installations, tips on framing the tiles and using field tiles to coordinate with the mural and recomends considering the use of found vintage labels and a great way to showcase retro art.
Here is a picture of some of her work:
Contact her at:
Building a steam shower presents a variety of choices beyond the tile and glass necessary to enclose the room. You will have to decide between steam generator brands (110V, 220V, # of KWs), the size of the room, what type of showerhead / faucet you will use, how to configure the steam generator overflow, whether to add shower jets, how to create a venting system, and more. Our sister site, mysteamroom.com, recommends a prefabricated steam shower manufactured by Wasauna. Unlike typical prefabricated steam showers, this shower sits directly on your pretiled floor. This means that you will have the benefits of a custom-built tile steam shower (ultra sturdy floor with your own tile), along with the benefits of a prefabricated shower (the entire steam room/massage jet system is pre-built, saving the hassle an cost of recreating the effect). The featured system includes a chlorine/vitamin-c water filter and a neat feature that lets you preset the temperature of the water. The shower heats up the water and does not start spraying water until the water has reached the exact temperature you specified (which the shower remembers). You won’t feel or see a drop of water until the water is perfectly situated for your experience. Now that is a cool feature! Here is a picture of the shower (notice how it sits right on your pre-existing tile – all you need to install this is a drain built into your tile):
Tiles by Perfection is a Boston, Massachusetts based tile showroom.
They specialize in exotics stones, granite, marble, and various types of tile. With their own artist specializing in hand painted tile, they can create a variety of gorgeous tile. In addition to selling tile, they offer installation and removal
If you live in the Boston Metropolitan area, stop by their showroom at:
190 Willard Street
Quincy, Massachusetts 02169
View some of their work below:
Tile Magic uses ceramic tile as a beautiful canvas to create fine art and photographic imagery.
Our favorite works by tile magic are these, which is on display at the Scottsdale Westin Jacuzzi / Steam Room:
Contact them at:
Sierra Custom Design
2316 Loch Lomond Dr..
Bishop Ca. 93514
760 872 3667
DuQuella Tile, specializing in art nouveau, arts & crafts, and art deco tile, makes finely crafted art tile to fulfill your decorative ideas and design needs. They design and make by hand custom decorative tiles.
As we make all our tiles per order, custom glazes are available for any of our designs at no additional charge. Pick the design you like knowing that it will be available in the glaze colors appropriate for your project.
They offer more than 75 tile designs, with new styles regularly added to their selection. Their tiles work great as backsplashes in bathrooms or kitchens, on walls & fireplaces. There is no minimum to order.
DuQuella Tile is based in Portland, Oregon. Here is a picture of several of their tile murals — click to enlarge this image.
The River Rock Tile Company is a Portland, Oregon based manufacturer of river rock tile.
River Rock Tile can be used in many ways. Seattle designer Kit Elliot used River Rock Tile to create a beautiful winding path through the layout in the floor of this coffee shop:
Various sizes available include 3″ x 12″ deco trips, 6″ x 6″ river rock tile, 6″ x 12″ deco strips, 6″ x 12″ river path tiles, and more.
Tile floor for a steam shower enclosure:
Stone Bathroom Sink:
Paul Lewing is a Seattle, Washington based artist who specializes in custom tile murals. His gorgeous designs include murals for kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, and anything else his client desires. In addition to creating custom tile, Paul offers workshops (all over the country) on various tile related topics, including tile painting and tile glazing.
Some of his work is featured below (click on the image to zoom in). To learn more about Paul and his various creations, visit paullewingtile.com.