Ceramica House

Design . Manufacture . Installation of ARCHITECTURAL CERAMICS

THE PROCESS: We consider the setting and use of the site where the project will be situated. We take photos and measurements of the surrounding architecture and open spaces with the goal of integrating the piece into its "contextual home". With the client's own vision and aesthetic preferences, as well as the context of the piece in mind, a design is generated.

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When a design has been established, we prepare a clay body appropriate for the function of the project. For example, the clay used for a fireplace surround must have refractory characteristics, whereas the clay for a fountain must have low humidity absorption qualities. In some cases it is necessary to reproduce the original site in the studio so that the finished product will precisely fit the space where it will be installed. This is true for custom door-frames and arches, kitchen or bathroom counters, and fireplace surrounds.

Once the piece has been constructed, it is cut into sections and monitored during the drying stage. Once dry, it is bisque-fired in our commercial- sized kiln. The temperature curve is controlled by a digital pyrometer and compared with pyrometric cones.

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The glazes are selected, prepared, and tested before being applied to the piece, which is then fired for a second time. Some decorative treatments require that a piece be fired for a third time.

Finally, we transport the finished product to its permanent location and install it. The average job takes about one month to complete, from the moment that the design has been decided until the final installation.

Ultimately, the price depends on the complexity and size of the project.
The complexity of a project is determined by different factors: the characteristics of the design, the number of colours included, if there is relief, if it is two or three dimensional, the number of firings required, the total surface area, and the volume of the project.

Because of its plasticity, ceramic materials permit a freedom of styles and forms not possible for other materials used in construction.
Ceramic materials are nontoxic, natural, and biodegradable.
Ceramic materials are nonflammable and resistant to chemical products. Unlike wood or metal, ceramic materials do not need maintenance as they do not rust or scratch.
Ceramic material is the most abundant natural resource on the planet, and there are a number of interesting deposits in the Kootenay region.

311 D Ave. P.O. Box 395
Kaslo, BC, Canada. V0G 1M0
PH: 250 353 2832
Fax: 250 353 2831
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