Making Handmade Ceramic Art Tiles

Every tile that I create follows a complex process that I have developed over many years of study and experimentation with ceramics.

Below are a few videos that illustrate the main steps in my current process. If you are interested in watching more videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel for notifications.

The Colour Inlay Process (Mishima)

After the main design has been drawn and carved into a blank clay tile, a liquid form of clay called "slip" is trailed over the surface to create two-dimensional elements such as tree branches and long grass.

Once the tile has stiffened up and is mostly dry, different coloured washes of ceramic underglaze are applied to the surface. This process inlays colour into the carved lines while simultaneously accenting the raised elements.

The Painting Process

After being fired in a ceramic kiln to a low temperature (called the "bisque firing" or "biscuit firing"), the tile can be painted in a water-colour style without any risk of damaging the initial design.

Once the painting is completed, the tile is dipped into clear glaze and fired to a high temperature (approximately 2170 degrees Fahrenheit) – where it transforms into a durable ceramic material that is ready for display or installation alongside commercial tiles.

The combination of the clear glaze and high temperature firing makes these tiles impervious to both water and heat.