Traditional Dip-Dyed Porcelain Tiles: Little Pieces of Art



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The Watermark tile series from designer Deborah Osburn is a beautiful example of traditional Japanese textile dying techniques. Each tile is hand-formed and slow-fired, then carefully dyed in a traditional Japanese method.

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Each tile is individual and embodies the name of the series: Watermark. Authentic indigo and gold verdigris pigments are used to dip, wash and stain each tile.

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The series was inspired by Osburn’s experiments with unglazed porcelain tiles and cups of indigo pigment. She placed one end of the tiles into the cups, creating a lovely and natural ombré effect.

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Each tile absorbs the pigment differently, making each its own individual work of art. The tiles can be used either indoors or out, and the different styles of dye patterns can be combined for an even more unique look.

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The organic style of the tiles would look amazing on floors or on walls. Osburn’s tile creations can be intense or gentle, ethereal or solid. Regardless of how you choose to arrange them, the tiles create a stunning effect.

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