About the Ceramic Concepts Studio


Ceramic Concepts makes custom handpainted tiles. Moorish tiles( Moroccan tiles), Spanish tiles as well as modern tiles are a few of the  tile styles that are produced at the studio. Catering to private homes as well as to commercial spaces, Ceramic Concepts brings a touch of beauty to every space.

 

The Ceramic Studio

The Ceramic Concepts studio was established in 1992 and was located at the heart of Venice Beach, California. The rich golden light of Southern California and the relaxed beach lifestyle making it the perfect creative environment.

The Studio played an important role within the Venice community, serving as a venue for children’s education programs such as ‘Dreamteam’, ‘The Arts Mecca’ and ‘Social Point’.

Now the Studio is located in the artsy “burbs” of Los Angeles, in Echo Park where the old and the new meet creating a culture potpourri that is at once enlivening and creatively energetic.


The Ceramic Philosophy

Clay, the first material humans used for daily purpose, became more ornate over time and grew into a cultural expression. Fire, clay and minerals are the fundamental tools of a ceramist. Cultural heritage, personal taste and environment determine color and design.

Tiling making and ancient styles

Ornate expressions on tiles

The Process

Daily life at the studio involves a process of tile cutting, design, glazing and firing.

Cutting Tiles

Tile Cutter: Cutting tiles to custom sizes for decorative and field tiles.

 Man and machine, It has to be done right. Form, shape and size. Creating a playground for color and design. Diamond blade wet saw. The tile maker’s best friend.

  The look and the field, the thin black line. Squeezing through the soft silk. Creating spaces to be filled

 Screen Printing Tiles:making deco tiles

Screening the black lines for custom designed tiles

Concentrate. Don’t cross the line. 10 or 20,000 times… a zen like exercise. Everything touched by hand. An unpredictable human variation inherent in every tile.
Hand Glazed Tiles

Fire, Fire… Feuer. The kiln God melts and slowly transforms.

Sometimes happy, sometimes not.

 Decorative Tiles in the Kiln

Checking the nights firing!

 

 

A Little History

Hand painted tile art history; Globe Trotters

Felix Moved From Germany to California

German born Felix Schmeing trained as a potter in Germany and moved to California in 1990. There he opened his own studio as a production potter.

While participated in various shows and workshops around Los Angeles and California,  he soon developed an interest in tile making and further trained with the  Malibu Tile Factory in California, in the art of making hand painted decorative (deco) tiles; reproduction of vintage Californian tiles. His great interest being the exacting art of glaze formula mixing.

He became known to many architects, designers and contractors.

A Little History

Felix Schmeing 1990

 

‘Most of my design work is based on the Moorish and Spanish tile tradition. When I moved to California I started to experiment with classic Malibu tile designs. The color palette I developed is a perfect match for the Malibu style as it reflects the Californian landscape. The distinguished look of my tiles is achieved using the Spanish “Cuerda Seca” or Dry line method.’ 

 Today Felix lives in the Echo Park area with his wife and twin boys. He enjoys a studio tile business where people from all walks of life can gain from his extensive experience and know how in mixing that special glaze….or matching that special color.

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