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.
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.
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.
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.
The organic style of the tiles would look amazing on floors or on walls. Osburn’s watercolor tile creations can be intense or gentle, ethereal or solid. Regardless of how you choose to arrange them, the tiles create a stunning effect.
Here’s some more info from Osburn’s own company, Clé Tile:
“Deborah Osburn’s “watermark” was voted best of year 2014 by interior design magazine. Clé founder, Deborah Osburn, has spent her career producing tiles. the act of tile making, along with an affection for art, fashion and design inform Deborah’s tile collections.”
“i enjoy melding opposites- creating historical themes using modern technologies or developing current styles made from archaic methods. for me, the process of making tiles is as significant as the finished product. i’m lucky. everyday i get to take those passions and figure out new ways to produce tile from the depths of my tile making inspirations. because i’ve been exploring this for some time, that well of inspiration runs deep. ” – deborah osburn