Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi




Tiles in ceramics: They are flat simple slabs of clay, earthenware, stoneware and porcelain made up in hundreds of different styles, shapes and thicknesses, handmade, semi handmade or industrially produced and can be used to cover interior or exterior structures in buildings for floors, walls, pictures, names and numbers and general decoration. Made to form patterns that have one or more tiles with proportions so they fit together to form a flat, continuous surface. On the back they are always flat and the designs on the front can be in relief.

Potters can make them or buy them prepared in different sizes and stages; clay, prepared with slip, slip fired, bisque and glaze-fired and they can be decorated with different methods.

The photos are to show how different shaped and decorated tiles can be arranged to form a tile design.
a) This is in the Museu Municipal Vicenç Ros, Martorell and is a design made up of four different shaped tiles.
b & c) Are industrially made modern floor tiles with antique designs.
d) This is an English tile made in about 1870 by Wedgwood and is to show how relief can be used as a decoration.