Architectural Ceramics

Creating Custom Interiors with Ceramic Art

Architectural Ceramics are decorative ceramic art works that are incorporated into architecture & landscape. Ceramics have been used for architectural decoration for thousands of years, from ancient Mesopotamia  to Gaudi in Spain to William Morris. Today they are custom or ready made by hand or modern fabrication and digital printing.

What are the most common things in a home that people can use ceramic art for?

House numbers, sinks, fireplace surround, kitchen backsplash, mosaics on walls & floors, knobs & pulls, garden sculpture, door & window frames, swimming pools.

In general, how does the design and installation process work?

Custom pieces will be site specific and will require proper measurements, design time and fabrication. The homeowner would work directly with the artisan or manufacturer during the design process. The ceramics are then sculpted, cut, glazed and fired, then installed using modern tile installation and grouting techniques. Ready-made pieces like knobs, pulls, or house numbers could be easily installed by the handy homeowner.

What should homeowners know about getting custom ceramic pieces made for their house?

Custom works will require time to create and install. Depending on size and complexity, they may also be quite costly. For lower budget and easy install options, there are beautiful ceramic house numbers, welcome signs, sinks or knobs and pulls.

Do you have any tips for people who are starting to remodel/redecorate and want to install some custom ceramics?

My best tip would be to start the process as early as possible. Consult the artisan during the architectural planning phase of the remodel. This way any structural issues can be addressed, framing can be customized and all various elements and trades can be coordinated to insure a beautiful install.

Check out my guide to getting started here:

7 Questions to ask to get any Home Project off to a Great Start
7 Questions to ask to get any Home Project off to a Great Start