CattailTile

Handmade Relief & Decorative Tiles by Stephanie Neill

Ardmore, Pennsylvania | 151 Sales

CattailTile

Handmade Relief & Decorative Tiles by Stephanie Neill

Ardmore, Pennsylvania 151 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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CattailTile is taking a short break

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Note from shop owner I am "on vacation" till at least Feb. 2019. (Personal Vacation and a busy school year teaching HS Art coming up).

If you have placed an order or started a conversation with me prior to 6/20/18, no worries, I am finishing up those. I just can't take any new orders.

Stephanie
Cattail Tile

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 22, 2018

I am "on vacation" till at least Feb. 2019. (Personal Vacation and a busy school year teaching HS Art coming up).

If you have placed an order or started a conversation with me prior to 6/20/18, no worries, I am finishing up those. I just can't take any new orders.

Stephanie
Cattail Tile

Stephanie Neill

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Cattail Tile's Story and Process

THE STORY: It all started with the purchase of a slab roller from craigslist. I quickly realized that I needed a kiln, larger studio, etc (rather than loading everything up and firing elsewhere). I've been blessed by this space to do my work, and opportunity to explore the possibilities. There is just something about art that you can install in your home, is practical, and beautiful at the same time, that draws me in. The possibilities are endless with this medium. I don't think I'll ever get tired of it!

HOW TILES AND PLAQUES ARE MADE:
MATERIALS and CARE: A stoneware, high-fire clay is used. This clay vitrifies to the highest levels, so it will not absorb moisture or crack due to freeze-thaw cycles. Pieces can be used any where from inside bathrooms to outside in extreme temperatures. They are perfect for outdoor use in salt air conditions where metal signs rust quickly. Glaze and finish will not fade in sunlight or outdoor exposure. They are carefree.

PLAQUES: They are hand sculpted. No molds are used. Numbers are sculpted then attached to the handmade background with frame. It is fired and glazed as one piece.

RELIEF TILES: For Relief (sculpted/raised) tiles, I hand sculpt the original, then make a plaster mold. To make copies, I hand press clay into the mold, prepare the back for hanging, then let gravity release the tile as it shrinks and dries (this can take several hours).

STAMPED TILES: I custom mold my own stamps out of clay, bisque fire it, then use it as a stamp to push in to clay to make multiples or designs.

ALL WORK: I make the piece, allow it to dry slowly for a week to avoid warping, fire it in my kiln, apply glaze and re-fire it to about 2400 degrees.The process takes at least 2-3 weeks.

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  • Stephanie Neill

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    I am a High School Art teacher in a Philadelphia area. I have always been drawn to the beauty and functionality of tiles as an architectural detail, and as art. I have set up shop in my garage with my kiln and slab roller, and love the process!

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Last updated on Sep 11, 2016
Frequently asked questions
What is the lead time for custom orders?

Usually 2-3 weeks at the very minimum. Please click on the "Shipping" Tab above. These dates for shipping will reflect my current lead time. I change this from time to time when I get busy to give customers a realistic expectation of ship out dates. However, feel free to message me with questions.

How do care for my tile/plaque?

They are care free, and can be cleaned with just about anything. Feel free to put them in the dishwasher, or soak in water. The glaze is fired on, so the surface is permanent and easy to clean. Windex or a soap scum remover is fine to use in the shower/bath.

Installing the tiles with grout.

If installing with grout in your backsplash they do not need to be sealed with tile sealer (before or after grouting) as they are not a porous tile. Tile grout should wipe off easily. You should make sure to let me know that you intend to do this, that way I can make the back slightly rough. This will help the grout grab onto the tile (however this is not really necessary so no worries if you forgot to mention it, and the tiles are smooth on the back). Also, let me know what the thickness of your other (commercial) tiles are. I can try to adjust the thickness of my tiles to closely match your commercial tiles.

Where can I veiw examples of more glaze choices, hanging choices, and font choices?

cattailtile.weebly.com