Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi

BORDERS (8) Separate tiles for framing.

ca: SANEFES (8) Rajoles separats per emmarcar.

es: CENEFAS (8) Azulejos separados para enmarcar.

Border tiles are usually a repeated pattern of separated tiles that are laid horizontally and vertically round a design to form a frame. These can be any size but normally measure half a tile in width and a corner is usually half a border. Not all sizes can be purchased so they have to be cut down from tiles double their size. In Europe they are used in interior decoration: bathrooms, doors etc., and for framing tile pictures and mirrors. In the sections the Architectural Pottery photos (a, c and d) show this method.

1) The photos (a & b) show six border designs, 7.5×15cms and (c) two of 7,5×20cms.

2) The three pictures of flowers (d, e & f) are the same but each one has different borders.

3) Six pictures, all different in size and subject (g, h, i, j, k, & l) and each has a different border design.

4) Special border design (m) was for a private order and (n) made to go with a picture and here it is used for a mirror.

Note: They have all been decorated with the Majolica Method, which is explained in the section Tiles preparing to paint.

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