Hand Painted Tiles Inspired by the Frescoes of Pompeii + Video of Painting a Handmade Tile!

I'd like to share with you the process of hand painting a tile with slips and underglazes.

This video shows me working on a 6" earthenware tile inspred by the murals at Pompeii.

These designs are inspired by the frescoes of Pompeii which I visited in 2001. I especially loved the garden murals in the Villa of Venus, with their worn surfaces and naive, charming songbirds and flowers.

I wanted to capture that naive charm and something of that mysterious, aged surface in my hand painted, hand made songbird tiles for this collection.

These hand cut tiles are rustic red earthenware. In the video above, I have already covered the unfired tile with a coat of pale yellow slip, and worked back into the slip to create an antiqued, distressed surface.

The colours in the paintbox are not watercolours as they appear, but specially prepared underglazes. After painting, the tile will be fired, then glazed with a clear crackle glaze, and fired again.

Above: Songbird , 4" accent tile from our Pompeii Collection. Below: mural in the Villa of Venus at Pompeii, which provided inspiration for the tiles.