Avente Tile Blog — Spanish Tile

Favorite Fireplace Tile Ideas

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Favorite Fireplace Tile Ideas

Make your fireplace the focal point of the room with hand-painted ceramic or cement tiles. Our favorite fireplace tile ideas are sure to spark a few fresh ideas.

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The Majolica Method for Hand-Painted Tiles

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The Majolica Method for Hand-Painted Tiles

In the second part of this series, Susan Mussi, author of Ceramic Dictionary, continues to offer her expertise on Majolica with a focus on technique in this edition. If you missed her previous post, A Brief History of Hand-Painted Majolica Tile, read it first. If you find yourself in Barcelona, Spain make sure to visit her studio and shop, BenSu Ceramics.   Majolica, a Spanish term, is a lead and tin glaze that creates an opaque white surface that can be painted. The process consists of first firing the clay to become earthenware and then applying tin enamel that forms...

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A Brief History of Hand-Painted Majolica Tile

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A Brief History of Hand-Painted Majolica Tile

We're thrilled to have a guest post today written by Susan Mussi, author of Ceramic Dictionary from Barcelona, Spain. If you're lucky, you may even find her hand-decorating tiles using the Majolica Method in her tile studio/shop, BenSu Ceramics. Pottery has always been popular in Spain, as evident with existence of earthenware pottery for thousands of years. During the years the Arabs were in Spain, they brought with them the Majolica method of decorating pottery, as well as to create beautiful tile and ceramics. Today's post provides a brief history of Majolica, a method of hand-painting or glazing ceramic tile. ...

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Spanish Tile Designs add Pizzazz to Contemporary Bath

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Spanish Tile Designs add Pizzazz to Contemporary Bath

When you think of Spanish tile, it's easy to imagine tiled stair risers with terracotta bisque pavers, a wall fountain with colorful quarter design patterns, or some Hispano-Moresque architectural feature embellished with Spanish tile. However, I was given the great pleasure of working with a customer that loves Spanish tile and contemporary design.    As Liz from Houston started this project nearly two and half years ago she explained, "I'm building a new house and it will provide a place for some of my contemporary art collection; but, it has to include Spanish tile which I love." This is the...

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Designing with Cement Tile: Shapes, Sizes, Formats

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Designing with Cement Tile: Shapes, Sizes, Formats

The design options for cement tile are extensive. Not only can pattern square tiles be customized, there are a lots of different shapes including hexagon, rectangles and Arabesque formats. Avente's Guide to Buying Handmade Cement Tile explains the different cement tile shapes, formats, and sizes you'll find. Exercise your creativity with handmade cement tile!  Last month, we reviewed the time-tested quality manufacturing processes and techniques utilized in producing handmade cement tile. In this third installation, we'll take a look at the various sizes, shapes and formats available with cement tiles. As you can see in the chart below, handmade cement...

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