The Future of laNeva Tile

You will see a shift in laNeva Artisan Tile

In the coming weeks, we’re rolling out some changes ’round here. Starting with an updated logo and website, we are working on a cleaner  look with added site functionality and an indepth behind-the-curtain view of laNeva Tile.  We’ll talk about (and show you) our process, how we make & design our gorgeous handmade tile and you’ll also see the launch of our online shop.

Secondly, we’re so completely excited, we’re nearly jumping from our seats! There are two fresh, new product lines we’re pairing with laNeva ceramics, with the official launch dates over the next two months.  These tile materials have been meticulously designed by us and are available only through laNeva, our reps and showrooms.

laNeva GLASS Tile Launch

Mid September will be the debut of our new laNeva GLASS tile, designed by laNeva to coordinate with our ceramics and made by the incredible glass artist Peter Zelle in Minneapolis.  Ours is a very textural, layered and fused glass tile, available in 8 color combinations and made to order.  These tiles have a dynamic juxtaposition of color and incredible depth that cannot be matched by anything else we’ve seen. These are not mosaics, we are going BOLD.  Our sizes for laNeva GLASS are 4″x4″, 4″x 8″, 4″x 12″ and 8″x8″ (with a possible 12″x 12″ as well).

Mid October Will Launch Another Product Pairing

While the details are still being finalized, we’re working with another great company to create laNeva fusion tile patterns. These are funky, unexpected material groupings,  textures and a playful approach to traditional mesh-mounted borders and field tile layouts.

A New laNeva Ceramic SHAPE

We also have a new laNeva ceramic tile shape to release in October, perfectly engineered to work with these new materials and patterns. Is anyone else doing this? We certainly don’t think so.

Our goal is to provide a completely unique offering of tile products handmade in the USA. We’re pairing ceramic, glass and other materials in fresh, funky, exciting ways, all made for and designed by laNeva Tile. We’re luxury, but not elitist tile! As a professional interior designer, I know that the most dynamic tile designs are often a mix from several sources. We’re bringing those sources and options here, to laNeva Artisan Tile!

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Filmore Clark

laNeva is proud to announce our newest dealership in Southern California, Filmore Clark.

Located in West Hollywood, just off of Melrose Avenue and blocks away from the Pacific Design Center, Filmore Clark features only handmade tile made in the USA. We admire the work that Filmore Clark’s founder, Lee Nicholson is doing to promote the value of products that are made by hand in America.

You can see more of Filmore Clark’s selection of gorgeous handmade products on their site or if you’re in the area, stop by and say hello. We are thrilled to be in such good company!

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The Effect of Wind & Waves

The look and feel of sea glass has always appealed to me. Its soft worn edges and muted, matte colors the result of long-term abrasion by sand and water. Sea glass feels so wonderful in your hands: cool and substantial, yet aged and rugged, like it has a story to tell of its adventures.

While out gathering sea glass for my small collection, I stumbled upon the extraordinary: Sea Tile. Yes, little broken shards of tumbled, worn tile that had been long ago discarded and washed up to shore. Where it is from and how it ended up in the ocean, I will not speculate, but the result is extraordinary.  It’s like typical mosaic pieces but after being thrown into a tumbler.  Sea tile has all the luscious, sensual appeal of sea glass, with the added benefit of being a medium that I work with every day.

For now, my sea tile shards reside in a little glass jar next to my larger jar of sea glass.  My favorite piece will someday have a new life as a pendant in a dramatic necklace and maybe the others will become adornments on a framed photo or a child’s art project. Who knows.

While my sea tile is not really vibrant or plentiful, if you need some additional eye candy, see the South of Rome blog for some spectacular sea tile from the Amalfi coast. Someday…

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The Dirt – Glazes

#84 Siren showing brush strokes on 2x2 tile

Many of the glazes in the laNeva tile line create a fabulous watercolor-like finish on the tiles. This is in part due to our use of 100% lead free glaze and is even more apparent on the larger size tiles. Lead-free glaze does not move or melt as much in the firing process as leaded glazes do, and since we brush all of our glazes on by hand instead of spraying them on, the character of the brush strokes is apparent in some of our final tiles. Colors that have more obvious brush strokes are Oregano, Siren, Dune, Curry and Café.

The nature of the brush strokes all depends on the thickness of glaze application. Thinner coats of glaze show brush strokes more than thickly applied coats. Since laNeva tiles are all handmade, there will always be variation from tile to tile and order to order.

Contemporary Ceramic Tile, color green sage oregano

laNeva's #90 Oregano with Overglazed edge

**laNeva Tile also offers overglazed edges when you need a tile with a finished edge. This overglazed edge is our version of the bullnose tile. We add an overglazed edge to create a finished edge at the side of a backsplash, shower wall or top of wainscoting, just to name a few applications. The tile edge remains square and the glaze color wraps all the way around the side thickness of the tile to create a uniform, finished side.

See more examples of our Solid Color glazes and our Exclusive Rift Series tiles where we combine two colors on one tile for a unique, contemporary appearance.

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Glazed bricks and relief tile wall

Ishtar Gate at Babylon, circa 575 B.C. from DesignBoom.com

As a somewhat inquisitive person by nature, I happen to question a lot. I hate the word no, because there is always a solution.

Anyway, I love tile and I always want to learn more. Where did ceramic tile originate? Why? Where does the odd word ’tile’ come from? What are the earliest examples of historic tile and what did it look like?

For any of you who care about the nuts and bolts of tile and want to see some incredible historic tile designs, check out this amazing article A Condensed Ceramic Tile History from my new favorite site, DesignBoom.com

Oh DesignBoom, I can already anticipate the hours we will spend together. For good or for bad, I am intrigued (and a little smarter after my history of ceramic tile lesson. xoxo)

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