All tiles from Lewellen Studio are created using the single-fire method. Single-fired means both the clay body and glaze are fired for the first time together, resulting in a far superior adhesion between glaze and tile. Click here to view our Price List.
It was a challenge in applying this level of quality to hand-made art tile, however, the desire for a more beautiful and durable tile that required only half the energy to create, making them the most environment-friendly, was a goal we had to pursue. The obvious lower production cost is an advantage shared with all who purchase our tile.
Our tiles are fired to complete virification, and glazed on all outer sides, making them ideal for all wet locations like backsplashes and showers.
One signature style of all our tile is the unique beveled or coped edge. This requires our installations to be very accurate in their making, simply cutting a tile smaller if it were to large is not acceptable because the new cut edge would not have a matching beveled edge. Therefore great care is taken to follow the specifications we are given, if we receive an incorrect measurement, new correct size tile can be made to replace the wrong size. Click to enlarge a fireplace surround from our Custom Installations page, and note the fine grout line between the tiles, it is a good example of how precise our tiles are made and fit together.
Technical information: All tiles, whether single or layered, are fired to cone five ( 2185 degrees Fahrenheit ). The clay body is usually white stoneware or porcelain, though other clays are occasionally used in particular projects. Our Studio produces under the cleanest and highest environmentally sound standards we know of, lead-free glazes, single-firing, and only use oxidation firing in both gas and electric kilns.