My elegant hand sculpted Tile is made on the island of Maui, Hawaii, in my studio “Ceramic Designs by Albert”. This particular single panel piece is entitled "Maui Honu”, honu is the Hawaii word for turtle. The design is a relief design giving it a distinctive 3D appearance.
The glaze finish is the highest quality cone 5 glazes we can obtain in the USA, so the weather will not affect the shine/luster, or the brilliant hues over the years, and it’s nontoxic. This piece has a beautiful array of five to six plus mixed glaze colors and the temperature to melt the glazes needs to reach 2135 plus degrees during the firing. These high temperatures not only melt the glaze to its true glass form, but also causes them to move about allowing for additional colors to come forth during the firing, this allow each piece to be distinctive in its own remarkable appearance. The actual clay body consists of porcelain and stoneware clay giving it durability yet allowing the glazes shine to excel in its spectacular hues.
You can use the piece as a kitchen back-splash, pool tiles, or bathroom tiles, or wall hanging. This piece can also be used indoors or outdoors, in cold or hot climates. To support the wall art we attach a heavy gauge wire hook to the back so you can easily hang it on the wall as wall art, however if you’re planning to tile the turtle piece as a kitchen back-splash or use the tile as bathroom and pool tile no hook is attached upon request.
Measurements are approximately 6″ x 6″ from top of driftwood to bottom of plaque, weight 1.3 lbs. The clay body is porcelain and stoneware, so the piece is incredibly durable. The glaze finish is the highest quality glaze we can obtain in the USA, so the weather will not affect the shine/luster, or the brilliant hues. The glazes are also non-toxic.
My Tiles designs inspire many clients to create a very lovely tropical Hawaiian theme or contemporary theme in their home, regardless if they live in Hawaii, Texas, New York, Canada or anywhere else on our diverse planet. Bring some Aloha into your life from Maui!