RAKU

Our tiles witness an interplay between elements and symbolise how a relationship between East and West acquires form. Appealing, geometrical ornaments are the result of repeating digitally developed graphic patterns. They encounter a centuries-old Japanese firing technique with a fascinating, inimitable character based on chance.

EARTH

The basis of the tiles is a combination of different clays and loam. Mixed in the workshop with quartz sand and fireclay, the mass is then pressed into the tile form and precisely reshaped by hand. Through a silkscreen process the basic material now acquires form. The glaze impresses rhythmical symbols in the tiles.

FIRE

The ceramic tile is hardened at a temperature of c. 1000°C within a short time. The change in the basic material is now evident. Through the low temperature firing the material becomes more porous, when later touched it gives a deep organic sound and has a warm feel.

AIR

The glowing tiles are taken one by one from the kiln using a tongs and immediately buried in sawdust. The process of denying the tile oxygen and the ensuing smoke have an intensive effect on the surface that differs every time: the colour changes according to the glaze and the fine hair cracks are blackened.

AIR

The glowing tiles are taken one by one from the kiln using a tongs and immediately buried in sawdust. The process of denying the tile oxygen and the ensuing smoke have an intensive effect on the surface that differs every time: the colour changes according to the glaze and the fine hair cracks are blackened.

KARAK – FIRED SYMBOLS

Each of our raku tiles is worked by hand 36 times before it is used and laid in place. Unlike with industrial methods our handcrafted production allows us to make a genuine response to individual requirements.

Often we develop our tiles in close collaboration with clients and architects. The process is individual: from design, format and the colour of the glaze to the application of, for instance, adhesive mortar, which allows tiles to be taken down and used again. It is only the process of raku firing that cannot be influenced – which is precisely what makes each tile unique.