Glazed & Encaustic Tile

Above: Encaustic tile mould

Overview

Inlaid tiles have been made since 1861, and are composed of a vetrifiable or fireclay body, combined with feldspar and silica. The tiles are decorated by hand by means of slips, applied in the form of a powder. A template, formed of soldered copper bands, is placed at the bottom of the mould and is hand-filled by a series of workpeople who each put a slip of color into the proper cell. When the template has been filled, it is then compressed with a hydraulic press.

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