dreamy, meditative watermark

clé tile deborah osburn watermark artist tile verdigris 4x8 wash

tile inspired by japanese shibori

deborah osburn’s watermark begins with a hand-cut, slow-fired unglazed porcelain tile, the color of paper, that is then either dipped, stained or washed with authentic indigo and gold verdigris pigments. watermark wash is created with several layers of pigment and is the halfway point in the degradé process between dip and stain. more recently, luca osburn, her son and an avid surfer, has taken over production of the collection and has added his own iteration of colors, inspired by the magical quality of the tides and waves he encounters in the pacific surf. shown here, kelly’s cove inspired by the deep waters of the northern california surfing spot of the same name.

clé tile deborah osburn hands analyzing watermark artist tile
indigo blue paint colors

why we love watermark

with her signature, award-winning watermark collection, clé founder, deborah osburn melds two tactile and mutually enriching materials – porcelain and pigment – to create an ombre-effect on tile inspired by japanese textile dyeing techniques. the results of this unique process are a hypnotic fade of color from deep to light…reminiscent of the movement of tides. dreamy, meditative, and wildly dissimilar- please expect every one of the tiles from this series to invoke the unique individuality of its namesake- watermark.

a deep well of inspiration

deborah osburn’s “watermark” was voted best of year 2014 by interior design magazine.
she has spent her career producing tiles and the act of tile making, along with an affection for art, fashion and design inform her tile collections.
“i enjoy melding opposites- creating historical themes using modern technologies or developing current styles made from archaic methods. for me, the process of making tiles is as significant as the finished product. i’m lucky. everyday i get to take those passions and figure out new ways to produce tile from the depths of my tile making inspirations. because i’ve been exploring this for some time, that well of inspiration runs deep. ” – deborah osburn

clé tile artist deborah osburn watermark styled hands with indigo

perfect grout to match

product specifications

technical specifications

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freeze thaw rated

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radiant heating compatible

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stove backsplash

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sink backsplash

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interior wall

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exterior wall

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fireplace surround

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shower

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steam shower

* see installation and maintenance guide for specific requirements

description
rating
surface type
unglazed

finish type
hand painted

level 4: heavy

level 1: smooth

level 2: medium



dimensions
4" x 8" x 3 / 8 "
water absorption
<3%; vitreous

dcof
dcof testing is not performed as this is strictly a wall tile

Pieces per sqft
4.50 pcs/sqft

Pieces per box
24 pcs/box


grout

clé recommends the use of mapei flexcolor cq grout and a 1/4" grout joint with this collection.

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 flexcolor cq color catalogue contains 40 colors to choose from. visit the mapei website to view.

any other tips for grouting?

we recommend carefully finger grouting to keep grout in the joints and off the surface of the decorative tiles. you may find it easiest to employ this grouting method by using a grout bag for applying the grout into the joint and finalizing the grout finish with your finger or a soft, wet cloth. for more information about grouting please see our watermark installation & maintenance guide.

dimensions

rectangle - 4"x8"x3/8"

disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1/4 inch.

installation and maintenance guide

read before you buy this tile

what type of sealant should i use with my watermark tiles?

clé ONLY recommends the use of the clé top coat kit for sealing ALL applications of watermark tiles.
IMPORTANT: use of any other sealant may strip the hand painted decoration off the surface of the tile.
please note that watermark tiles come with a single coat of the top coat applied.

for more information about sealing please see our watermark installation & maintenance guide.

do you offer trim for your watermark tile?

at clé we follow the international model of no trim and highly recommend our clients to do the same. below are the trim alternatives we recommend for this collection.

- if your project needs to turn a corner either inwardly or outwardly, mitering the tiles to meet seamlessly in a corner gives it the cleanest, crafted finish.
- like with any of our tiles, you can also build out the sheetrock so that the surface of the finished sheetrock is flush with the surface of the tile.

how do i take care of my watermark tiles?

as with any finely hand painted tile, clé warns against the use of any surface cleansers or scrubbing pads, especially during the installation process.cleaning watermark only requires the use of mild soap, water and soft cloths in most cases.

watermark tiles are chemically sensitive. do not use any cleaners that are not ph neutral.this includes vinegar, and simple green brand products. always avoid harsh chemicals and acidic or alkaline cleaning products.

single coat reapplication of the clé top coat kit is required once a year on grout lines and the tile surface in shower applications due to the continuous exposure to water. reapplication is needed more often if installation is in a steam shower.

see our watermark installation & maintenance guides for more information.

what does it mean for me that watermark tiles come with a single coat of the top coat already applied?

watermark tiles have the benefit of a single coat of the top coat already applied when they arrive. the coating provides stain resistance and therefore allows for a longer “reaction” time but will not render your tiles stain-free. with aggressive stains such as tomato sauce, wine, mustard, citrus etc., be sure to clean within 5 minutes.

clé ONLY recommends the use of the clé top coat kit for sealing all applications of watermark tiles.
IMPORTANT: use of any other sealant may strip the hand painted decoration off the surface of the tile.

what types and levels of variation and imperfections should i expect?

each and every hand painted watermark tile is different and unique, with heavy variation in color and pattern to be expected.

our tiles are subject to variations in color, texture, size and finish. it is very important to blend the tiles from all boxes once they arrive and place them in their installation area to ensure you have the layout you want before installing. do not install without blending tiles from all boxes.

if you are working with a highly color-variegated tile or a combination of tiles, we recommend that you follow the above recommendations—but match your grout to the color in your varied tile or tile combination that you would most like to accentuate.

variation ratings:

watermark tiles, with the exception of the field tile that is rated 'level 2 slight', are rated 'level 4 heavy' for color variation, 'level 1 smooth' for texture variation, and 'level 2 medium; for size variation.

see illustrations in the technical specifications section above, and read more about the ratings in our tile variation and imperfections guide.

how will my watermark samples compare to my actual order?

as noted in the variation and add on orders sections of our faq, color and size variation between production batches of watermark tile, in addition to variation from tile to tile, is to be expected given the handcrafted nature of the product. this makes it unlikely that your sample will be a perfect match with your actual order.

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.

for more information related to ordering and shipping, please be sure to visit our shipping and returns and delivery information resource pages.

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minimum order of 10sqft

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