Anchor tiles are handmade in Melbourne, Australia using a combination of traditional tile making techniques and contemporary design thinking. A love of colour, beautiful materials and a professional background in design and architecture was the basis for developing our range of handmade tiles. They are ideal for use in warm home environments and are equally well-suited to commercial applications that are seeking a unique aesthetic. The tiles take full advantage of the traditional cutting and glazing techniques we use to produce a tiled surface that is rich with the subtle variations of the hand.
Each step of the tile production is undertaken by hand, making each tile a unique object in its own right. The clay is hand rolled, hand cut and then dried slowly to prevent warping and cracking. The dry tiles are bisque fired and left to cool before being glazed. They are then fired one last time to 1,280 degrees C to mature the glaze and give the finished tile. The glazes have been specifically developed within the Anchor studio and are the results of countless hours of testing and refinement. The glaze finishes also complement the other items we make at Anchor such as our lighting and outdoor products.
Local House - Make Architecture
100 Series Tile, charcoal glaze. Photo :: Peter Bennetts
Clare Cousins Architects
Custom 100 Series tile format and glaze finish. Photo :: Lisbeth Grossmann
45 Cut series tiles
Speckled white glaze finish. Photo :: Lisa Cohen
200 Cut Series Tile
Speckled white glaze finish
Day Buhk - Randwick House
100 Cut Series Tile in grey, green and speckled white glaze finishes
ABOUT THE HANDMADE
Anchor tiles are handmade - really handmade. We roll out the clay by hand, cut each tile by hand, load and unload the kiln by hand, and glaze by hand. Whilst we’re perfectionists in every sense of the word, the handmade framework we operate within results in a finished product with fluctuations in size, finish and colour. We believe this gives each tile a subtle richness that is only achievable through this kind of intensive making process. The evidence of the hand in the finished product is important to us and is hopefully why you have chosen to use our tiles too.
We understand that you need samples to show your clients and for presentation boards and well, just to have because they’re nice things to hold. We don’t charge for these, but they are expensive - both to make and distribute, so please keep the number requested within reason.
All of our tiles are made to order specific to the project. Production time will fluctuate a little throughout the course of the year, but generally we suggest allowing 12-16 weeks for areas up to about 25m2. Areas greater than this are no problem for us to produce, but we will need to discuss the lead times in advance.
For information on available tile formats, glaze finishes and pricing contact us directly email@example.com or 0413 456 981
HOW TO ORDER
STANDARD OR CUSTOM
There are two ranges of tiles we produce. One is our standard range which comprises set tile shapes and glaze finishes. The other is a custom range which might comprise a custom shape or glaze or both. The approach to each range is explained in more detail in the notes below.
Whilst our standard range of tile shapes and glazes are anything but, they are formats and finishes that we have spent time designing, testing and making - generally, they are the tile shapes and finishes noted on the pages preceding. These shapes and finishes have set price points and can be ordered by specifying the shape name, the glaze colour and the square metre area required for your project.
As the name implies, the custom range can incorporate customisation in either the shape or the glaze or both. Whilst we bring our tile making expertise to the table when producing custom work, there is an element of the unknown in a custom project - particularly when developing new glaze colours. This can be controlled to some degree through a testing process in the design phase, however the degree of testing will always need to be balanced against both the time and cost to do. In many ways, a custom shape is a cost effective way to collaborate with our studio as there is often not a great cost difference between a standard and a custom shape of tile - and we love doing them. Contact us directly to discuss a custom tile collaboration.