$36.00 Antelope Octogonal Handmade and hanpainted Portuguese tile with cork on the reverse side 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".
Portuguese Tiles The handpainted Azulejos of Portugal
The handmade process of these "Azulejos" or glazed Portuguese tiles, offers unique characteristics distinguishing it from all other tiles.. Each azulejo is pressed by hand from wet terracotta clay, which is locally produced in Portugal. After each one is cut, it goes to the drying station which takes two to three months, due to the fact that the tiles dry naturally. At this stage, the tile acquires irregular surfaces which are very important to distinguish the "azulejo" from the smooth, all even, machine-made tiles.
The tile is then baked in a high temperature oven. Than, each tile is hand glazed and frequently shows a shade of rose around the edges. The "azulejo" is hand painted. Stamps and decals are never used. After being hand painted, the tile returns to the oven for a final firing. The final results show lovely tiles with various nuances in color. These fluctuations are the result of the careful, individually, handcrafted style of each artist.
Often times very fine lines called "cracle" appear on the tile surface. These are caused by the terracotta, the glaze and the temperature at which the "azulejo" is baked. The age of a tile can be determined by either the presence or absence of these small lines.
$95.00 Beautiful handmade tile frame 12" x 9". Inside for picture size 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
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