Who: Partners Xenia Taler and Steven Koblinsky. Xenia designs the tiles, Steven crafts the clay and glazes.
Where: In their Toronto studio.
When: Since 1996.
How: Tiles are pressed in molds made of wood, or extruded. Glazes are mixed from scratch. All tiles are decorated by hand.
Why: Because we hope that one day, a long, long time from now, not only will your children fight mercilessly over the wonderful tiles you had so wisely purchased, but even when humankind is forced to venture off this world and fend amongst the stars, those tiles will be the second or third item on a strict ten item list which your descendents feel they must take along with them on their arduous journey.
We make two kinds of tiles:
Our wall hanging tiles come with a groove in the back for hanging as well as cork on the bottom and glazed sides. They are suited to withstand heat and can be used as coasters and trivets.
Our installation tiles are thinner and have unglazed sides for grouting. Applications include kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces and tabletops.
Either thin or thick tile can be used for installation but it is better to order the thinner tiles with unglazed sides if you are definitely planning on installing them. To order our thinner tiles, please see our Installation Tile section.
Most soaps and detergents are fine to use. Avoid acidic or abrasive cleaners. Also avoid children with permanent markers. (Seriously, the marker die will seep into the crackle.)