Stephani Stephenson on fri 15 oct 10
Paul wrote: "Are most well grogged sculptural clays appropriate for this
sort of heated surface? Has anyone here sent numbered tile for an
installation of any sort? I could just make the heavy tile- this could so=
load bearing issues for hearth tile."
Paul , yes , I think most of those clays will work just fine. Traditional=
floor tiles made from well grogged wet clay tend to be over half an inch
thick, generally 5/8 to 3/4 inch thick. this type of tile was popular in =
heyday of the Arts and Crafts era in the early 20th century. Such tiles a=
quite durable even with earthenware to mid range firing temperatures. if=
you are firing mid to high stoneware temps you won't need that thickness.=
i have done many a numbered layout . i simply provide a numbered
drawing and put the corresponding numbers on the backs of the tile. i al=
pack the tiles in order, as much as possible
to make the project complete for the customer you will want to discuss
whether the pad will be raised, or flush with the surrounding floor ,
because you will need to address the finishing issues for the sides of t=
pad. will the edges be bullnose? Will you make a separate trim? will the
floor meet the tile and /or be finished with trim of another material? Yo=
will also need to provide information regarding the grout width and
generally discuss the type of substrate, mortar and grout needed.
"prefab designs ' like this were really popular in the 1920s. you could l=
at tile catalogs which featured various hearth , fountain and fireplace
designs and choose the one you wanted.=3D20
generally it makes more sense to just send the tile, the installation
guidelines and the layout, and have the customer purchase the substrate
(hardibacker, etc), mortar and grout at their own location.=3D20
but you are right. there is an eye wincing tile pad in the place i just g=
Right now there is no woodstove, so the pad is covered with a rug and
serves as a library nook, till i figure out what to do with it!
taking a breather from Revival Tileworks
Paul Haigh on fri 15 oct 10
Did you ever see those prefab hearth pads that you can buy for a woodstove =
installation? They often have (IMO) pretty ugly, thin tile and I've seen mo=
re than one crack in use. I've been toying with the idea of making them, or=
a kit (cement board, plywood, 1/2" thick heavily grogged tile) with number=
ed woodfired tile for the more DIY homeowner.
This might fill a niche between a custom installed hearth, and the quick an=
d cheap prefab hearth.
Are most well grogged sculptural clays appropriate for this sort of heated =
surface? Has anyone here sent numbered tile for an installation of any sort=
? I could just make the heavy tile- this could solve load bearing issues fo=
r hearth tile.
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