OldWorldCeramics, Inc.
Series H
Sample Installation's and
We stock the field tile and bull nose with and without corner decorations in all the
standard finishes.  As the decorated tiles are most often customized, we air ship
these pieces, the average order takes 6-8 weeks to complete.

Delft Blue tiles: this is a misnomer.  Tile was produced throughout Holland for
centuries and the decorations used from almost the very beginning were blue, sepia
and polychrome.  

Delft blue actually refers to pottery made by the Delft factory that supplied the house
of the king and queen of Holland and were actually imitations of the much sought after
Chinese fine pottery.

This beautiful group of tile is a historically correct line of wall tile from Friesland in the
north of Holland.  The tiles are made in a small family run factory housed in a historic
building next to a canal in the middle of a medieval fishing village in the Friesian
province overlooking the North Sea.

In the early 1970s the owner of this company came upon a large group of paper
patterns at an antique shop that dated back to the 1700s.  These patterns were
original “sponse” that had been used by a tile maker centuries ago.  

The designs we use now are of the tile “sponse” that were found in that antique shop
as well as other historic finds since then.  New “sponse” are made from the original
“sponse” which are pieces of paper with pin holes in its surface.  The pin holes are
the outline of only the main theme of each decoration.  When these “sponse” patterns
are laid on top of a tile and one sprinkles wood coal dust over it, tiny amounts of this
pass through the pin holes and create an outline of the decoration that can be
repeated over and over while always maintaining the same size even when used in
reverse as a mirror image   

The bisque is made by rolling out a lump of clay to a predetermined thickness.  The
tile is cut out of this pancake by using a block of wood that is the same size as the
tile, that same wood block has a small pin sticking down from two opposing corners,
this prevents the block from slipping while the tile is cut out of the pancake.  When a
sufficient amount of tiles have been made they are stacked in groups of 30 tiles high
and then a heavy weight is laid on top.  The stack is allowed to dry for approximately
three weeks.  Upon completion of the drying process they are fired. This method of
making the raw tile dates back to the late 1400s.

Once a fired tile has been created it goes through the next stage of a tin bath which
creates the traditional Dutch background color of the tile on the face of the tile only.  
Once this has been done, the face of the tile cannot be touched by the artist’s hands,
only the “sponse” and the wood coal dust can contact the face of the tile or its finish
will become defective and the tile becomes a reject.

The artist uses a raised pad or wood platform on which to rest their palm on to avoid
touching the tile while they use a fine brush to paint the scene in varying thickness of
dull tones that will become beautiful colors or shades of blue once fired for the final

If one was to travel to Europe the original antique tiles can be seen used in some of
the most remarkable palaces, historical buildings, landmarks as well as in area

These tiles are hand made and hand painted in a style that faithfully reproduces the
original early 15th to 19th century style tiles of Holland.

The finish of this tile has been painstakingly reproduced to look like the original tiles
including the crackled finish, its glaze, the size of the tiles and the reproduction of the
art style of these centuries of prolific production.

All of our products come from the regions of the world where they originated and are produced in a manner
that comes as close as possible to the original method in which they were made in the past. We have
strived to avoid the temptation that has enticed so many to find cheaper and less than original copies of a
great product.  If at some future date we were to bring in products from China or India it would be items that
represent those countries’ great cultural history not an imitation of one of another area or era.  
Series H Catalog Pages
126 Lighthouses
124 Sea Shells
Series 35 Seaside Scenes
Series 35 Seaside Scenes