When you buy something from an artist, you are buying something more than just an object. You are buying a creation that gave times of joy, frustration and experimentation. You are buying a piece of heart and soul, a small piece of time in someone’s life. These are all things you know and ponder as you contemplate a painted canvas or a beautiful sculpture, but do you have these same thoughts as you look for tile? You should. Just like any other form you would consider art, tile should be put in the same category. Look at tile as an investment and spend wisely as it never saves to compromise on something you don’t love all in an effort to save a few dollars.
Tile is a very general term that can cover anything from mosaics and hand carved stones to hand-painted ceramics and stained glass. Inspiration and traditions from around the world allude to the techniques and motifs found on all these various forms. New and daring designs are constantly evolving and emerging, so next time you are in the market for some new tile, realize that it can be an investment with an artistic outcome.
The tile industry is ever-changing and we take tremendous pride in staying true to what brought our showroom to Kansas City dating back to the late 1970’s. The ability to bring handmade ceramic tiles made by artisans is a tried and true art form that cannot be duplicated by machines in big factories. The process that is required to make ceramic tiles is not unlike that of a bakery. Each piece is molded, glazed and baked in a kiln until it reaches completion. Based out of Portland, Oregon, Pratt and Larson is one the oldest, finest ceramic companies that we’ve come to know and love over the years and we are proud to be one of their dealers. If you have ever wondered why it takes so long for a custom order and why these tiles are more expensive than most, we share these videos below, provided by Pratt and Larson.
Please click on our collections page for more information on the custom ceramic companies we represent.