product line - eastern earthenware
eastern earthenware features glazes that are highly textured, gloriously imperfect and infused with the most unexpected color variations. this concert of elements can only be derived from an artisan’s hand using unfiltered elements freshly mined from nature and further distinguished by the use of a volatile firing atmosphere.
we encourage you to explore this series for any of your bath or kitchen splashes, your walls and floors, and your interior or exterior spaces.
how much variation should i expect?
eastern earthenware is created from natural glazes, pigments and terra cotta clay. every one of these natural materials is completely unfiltered allowing for maximum variation and irregularities created by firing in hand made kilns. all of this hand craft is what makes eastern earthenware so magically varied- tile to tile. please enjoy the extreme variation of color, shade and surface texture. what does this mean to you? your eastern earthenware order will contain the following:
- size variation
- thickness variation
- cracked tiles
- chipped edges (from hand chiseling each tile)
- pitted glaze surfaces (from the unfiltered terra cotta reacting with the kiln heat)
- crazing (from the glaze and the clay body cooling at different temperatures)
please note that, once installed properly and grouted, the above issues will bring you the textured eastern earthenware look that promises a distressed and imperfect surface of incomparable character.
HOWEVER, if the above irregularities differ from your expectations for a less distressed installation, then clé highly recommends that you select another tile that will yield more surface regularity.
what grout joint size, type, and color do you recommend?
clé recommends the use of mapei ultracolor plus fa grout and a butt joint or 1/16"" grout joint with this collection. Similar to zellige, grout is customarily used to fill any gaps left by wedge spacers between tiles as well as any pits, chips or cracked portions of Eastern Earthenware.
Grout color selection is always up to our client and/or their design professional. However, clé is often asked for our opinion on best grout selections for our tiles. And due to the large array of grout colors that are now available, clé would like to offer this general guideline on a foolproof grout color selection for any of your clé tiles.
- First, have your professional tile contractor complete your tile installation, except for the grout portion.
- Next, when ready to grout, ask your contractor to bring ALL grout color charts from his preferred grout manufacturers, for your review.
- Lastly, choose a time of day when you are most pleased with the lighting in your space (either natural lighting, installed lighting or a blend of both). During that lighting and time of day, select the grout color that best matches your tile selection.
Note that the full Mapei Ultracolor Plus FA color catalogue contains 40 colors to choose from. Visit the Mapei website to view.
why do you suggest i order at least 15% more than my measurements?
Industry standard suggests adding at least 15% overage due to tile cuts, potential breakage, or future repairs.
Note that due to the firing methods and raw materials used to create glazed clay tiles, your order of Eastern Earthenware will have a percentage of tiles greater than 15% with cracks, crazing, edge-chipping and pits through the glaze to the clay body.
clé WARNING: having an installation with tiles that experience any of the above imperfections is the traditional look for Eastern Earthenware installations. Any editing of these naturally occurring imperfections from your tile shipment will greatly reduce the traditional appeal of your installation.
If these imperfections do not fit your project’s needs we recommend ordering more than 15% overage. This allows your contractor to cherry-pick these imperfections from your order.
Square - 4"x4"x3/8"
Rectangle - 2"x6"x3/8"
Square - 2"x2"x3/8"
Disclaimer: Please note all dimensions are nominal and can vary plus or minus 1/4 inch.
interior floor, interior wall, exterior wall, shower floor, shower wall, steam shower, residential low traffic, residential high traffic, commercial low traffic, backsplash, kitchen, fireplace surround, pool & fountain waterline (non-freeze thaw locations only). Limit all exterior usage to locations not affected by freeze thaw.