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Tiles of Stow Ltd
Langston Priory Workshops
Station Road
Kingham
Oxon OX7 6UP

Hand Made Tiles - Impressions Collection

 

Watch our new Video showing how we make our Impressions Relief Tiles

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This video shows how we make our Impressions relief tiles. From making the master tiles to glazing, firing and installing, it gives a brief insight into the processes involved in the manufacture of our tiles.

 

Filmed and produce by Joshua John
www.joshjohnphotos.co.uk
Filmed on a Pentax K5

Music by Weerthof
www.michielvandeweerthof.nl

 

We have hand made the Impressions range for nearly 20 years, and it has proved to be a tile that can truly be called an “English Classic”. Glazed in white or cream, they remain one of the simplest, yet most appealing of all our designs, creating a style and simplicity which is the ideal foil to any interior scheme.

 

Choose from our Impressions Collection

Impressions Hand made relief ware

Terracotta Plaques Provencal Birds Sixpence Birds Fruits de Mer Botanical Waterlands

Terracotta Plaques

Provencal Birds

Sixpence Birds

Fruits de Mer

Botanical

Waterlands

 
Lattice            

Lattice

           
 

How we hand make the Impressions range

Each of our hand made Impressions relief ware starts life as an individually handmade and sculpted tile from which master moulds are taken. From these masters, pressing moulds are made into which terracotta clay is hand pressed to make each tile. After “biscuit” firing, each tile is hand dipped with a generous coat of glaze, and then re-fired to over 1050ºC.

 
Move
Carving the master relief in clay
  • Carving the master relief in clay
    The master relief is carved in clay. From this a master mould is made.
  • Carving the master relief in clay
    Each master clay relief takes at least 2 days to hand carve.
  • Wedging
    The clay is prepared for pressing by wedging the air out of it. We use a red earthernware body from Stoke on Trent in Staffordshire.
  • Wedging
    The clay is prepared for pressing by wedging the air out of it. We use a red earthernware body from Stoke on Trent in Staffordshire.
  • Slices of clay
    Slices of clay are made to be pressed into the moulds to make each tile.
  • Slices of clay
    Slices of clay are made to be pressed into the moulds to make each tile.
  • Drawing off the excess clay from its mould
    Drawing off the excess clay from its mould
  • Releasing the tile
    Each tile is released from its mould by hand
  • Drying the tiles
    The pressed tiles are left to dry thoroughly until they retain no physical water.
  • Tile drying
    The drying cycle can take between 3 days and a week depending on the weather!
  • Drying Tiles 13
    The drying cycle can take between 3 days and a week depending on the weather!
  • Tiles In Kiln
    The tiles are loaded into the kiln for their bisque firing.
  • Firing
    The bisque firing turns the 'green' clay into terracotta bisque. The firing takes aproximately 12 hours.
  • Unloading Tiles
    The tiles are unloaded from the kiln - now terracotta.
  • Terracotta
    The tiles are sorted to be glazed in either a white or cream glaze.
  • Glazing
    Each tile receives a generous coating of glaze
  • Glazing
    Getting the correct amount of glaze onto each tile is an art!
  • Loading Crank
    Each tile is loaded into a tile setter - more commonly known as a 'tile crank'.
  • Loading Kiln
    The filled cranks are loaded carefully into the kiln for their second firing.
  • Celtic Knot
    The finished glazed tile. The forms are accentuated by the subtle glaze fall-off on the edge of the relief.

Carving the master relief in clay
 
 

Tile Collections

MotifsTiles of Stow Decorated Tiles
MosaicsTiles of Stow Mosaics
ImpressionsTiles of Stow Hand Made Impressions
ColourTiles of Stow Tile Colours
MuralsTiles of Stow Hand Painted Tile Murals
Tile GiftsTiles of Stow Tile Gifts
FloorsTiles of Stow Floor Tile Collection
NeutralsTiles of Stow Neutrals
GlassTiles of Stow Terracotta Plaques
     

New Tiled Garden Obelisk

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Tiling the House

New project for 2014

See more of our latest specially Commissioned projects

 

Tiles of Stow Movies

Making our Tile Murals

Making our Tile Murals Movie

Making our Impressions Tiles

Making our Impressions Tiles Movie

 

Impressions

See how we make our unique tiles

We've been making the Impressions range for 20 years - our slide show takes you through the making process.

 

 

Commissions

Commissions on tiles

Click to see our Swimming Pool Tile murals

• Swimming Pool • Therapy pool • Baptismal Font • Underwater scene • Birthing Pool

Client's comments

Thanks for dispatching the tiles; I don't know how far you usually send them and with what success rate, but they arrived 100% unbroken in Zambia. 
C - Zambia