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Arts & Crafts tiles

by AandCstyle
posted 01-06-2018 10:39 PM


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John Smith

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#1 posted 01-06-2018 11:07 PM

smaller than what ?? smaller than the standard 4×4” ?
have you checked your local floor and tile stores ? they are all over the place.
I bought some off of E-Bay: put Vintage Wall Tile in the search box

Edit: I would make this a 50/50 project with Miz. SWMBO . . . .
she finds the tiles herself and you make the wood stand part.
end of problem.

-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

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Alongiron

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#2 posted 01-06-2018 11:11 PM

Art
Check out. www.terrafirmaarttile.com
I have found so me nice tile there
Be good
Steve

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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AandCstyle

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#3 posted 01-06-2018 11:38 PM

John, you don’t understand the part about she who Must Be Obeyed. haha

Steve, I like those tiles a lot, but she thinks she wants something a little fancier. That said, she did see some nice colors.

Shopping is never that easy!

-- Art

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John Smith

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#4 posted 01-06-2018 11:44 PM

LOL – I had to google the “SWMBO” thing – because in my world, we don’t use profanity like that.

just tell her to hurry up and find her tiles – so you can take your sweet time building the stands.

-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

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pintodeluxe

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#5 posted 01-07-2018 12:35 AM

Pratt and Larson tile in Portland is a good source for tile like that. Motawi also sells field tiles that are beautiful. They come at a premium, but you don’t need many square feet.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Grumpymike

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#6 posted 01-07-2018 12:58 AM

I like john’s answer, “let her pick out the tile” and when she brings it home, you know exactly what size to make the table … My wife went to one of the tile stores near us and spent three weeks getting just the right ones … It’s really a tough decision and guy’s just can’t make it.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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TungOil

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#7 posted 01-07-2018 01:39 AM

Art-

You might consider some of these handmade tiles if you re looking for something authentic A&C. Still handmade in the original factory.

http://www.buckscounty.org/government/MoravianPotteryTileworks/MoravianPotteryandTileWorks

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#8 posted 01-07-2018 02:10 AM

https://www.motawi.com/?module=Home

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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AandCstyle

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#9 posted 01-07-2018 01:44 PM

Willie, Tung & Dark, thanks for the excellent suggestions. I am familiar with Motawi’s art tile, but had never looked at their field tile.

I apologize if I gave the impression that I would have any voice in the tile selection. That is decorating and way above my pay grade. My job is, simply, to provide options for her consideration. My perspective is that it is a shame to hide beautiful tiles under a pot, but that is why I don’t do decorating.

-- Art

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bondogaposis

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#10 posted 01-07-2018 02:41 PM

Here is one to look at. I agree with the others, gently inform your SWMBO that this is a collaborative project and that as soon as she acquires the tiles, you will start the plant stands.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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splintergroup

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#11 posted 01-07-2018 02:53 PM

Art, I’d second (third?) the Motawi idea.

I’ve drooled over the selection and then cried over the prices (am I too emotional?).

As they say YOLO. Your skill is worth the expense!

Alternatively you can go to a “high end” tile store where they sell ceramics and stone. Some of those granites can be quite stunning.

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Knockonit

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#12 posted 01-07-2018 03:12 PM

MIght suggest she take a ceramics class, design, and make her own, right up to glazing, as it would certainly put an appreciation of what goes into not only designing, and making the desired product, but the issues that go along with it.

I learned stain glass this way, took some craft classes, and well, while i enjoyed it, just wasn’t my cup of tea, but it did help me with future projects, understanding, who why when and how long.
Rj in Az

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AandCstyle

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#13 posted 01-07-2018 03:45 PM

Bondo, thanks for the DuQuella reference (your link didn’t work, but this one does). It is another new one to me with wonderful tiles and colors.

Knock, I have relayed your suggestion.

Willie, it depends how many and what size(s) plant stands she wants. The cost will be a factor in her decision making process. I will happily make whatever is needed.

-- Art

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Dark_Lightning

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#14 posted 01-07-2018 03:58 PM

Another thought- when I put an addition on my last house, we bought standard 4” tiles, and were able to have the company fire a pattern on them. It didn’t cost all that much, IIRC. I think it was a Color Tile store (memory from ‘88-’89). Maybe they have 12” square tiles, too, idunno.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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wichman3

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#15 posted 01-07-2018 04:05 PM

I would also suggest that you find local artisans who do pottery, local art galleries and possibly Farmers markets may have vendors who could customize for the wife.

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#16 posted 01-07-2018 05:31 PM

Art, I was looking for some nice, nautical plates when my wife surprised me with a gift certificate for a local pottery store where you go in and paint your own items and they fire them for you. I printed out the pattern that I wanted and using graphite paper, traced my designs onto the blanks. I then hand-painted them. They fired them and a couple of weeks later, we picked up an awesome set of custom nautical plates.

You might consider this an opportunity to get creative with SWMBO and make a date-night out of it or something. You could probably do an amazing job on making your own tiles, which would only offset the great tables you’ll be building underneath them. I can’t wait to see this project. Good luck!

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Dark_Lightning

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#17 posted 01-07-2018 08:55 PM

If you are over 50 and have some weekday time on your hands, you can go to your local senior center (if it has one) and take a low-cost pottery class to make your own.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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AandCstyle

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#18 posted 01-07-2018 10:52 PM

Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions. These tiles will be under plants so we aren’t looking for art tile. “Plain old” field tile will be fine. :)

-- Art

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Dark_Lightning

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#19 posted 01-08-2018 02:43 AM

I was kind of wondering…but given your A&C tendencies, I at least, thought you were “going large”. lol

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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John Smith

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#20 posted 01-08-2018 02:51 AM



we aren’t looking for art tile. “Plain old” field tile will be fine.

- AandCstyle

ohhhhhh no no no Monsieur, if you wanted plain old tile, that project would have been DONE by now !!!

.

-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

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AandCstyle

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#21 posted 01-08-2018 11:37 PM

Thanks for all the comments, now she is wandering in other directions….... However, I am determined to get a project out of this yet. :D

-- Art

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wood2woodknot

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#22 posted 01-09-2018 05:15 PM

Suggest she take up ceramics or pottery and she can easily make her own with any color scheme she likes. It’s not a difficult hobby and not expensive. Any shop or class would have the critical part – a kiln to fire them.

-- ajh

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AandCstyle

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#23 posted 01-09-2018 10:28 PM

ajh, this suggestion fell on deaf ears, but thanks anyhow.

-- Art

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