The star of my collection and a complete mystery. The tiles on this table are hand-painted with multiple glazes and fired several times. There are no cuerda seca or cuenca lines separating the colors, which makes this design truly unique. You can even see brush strokes in some of the glazes that didn't melt completely! Continue reading
Here you can find a quick visual index to my collection. Continue reading
It all started with a fireplace in our 1936 house. It had a strange tiled mantel depicting Mayan scenes. The tiles looked old, so I assumed they were original to the house, but I had no idea who made them or when. After weeks of online research I learned about Batchelder, Claycraft, Malibu, and the Golden Age of California art tiles, but I was no closer to identifying the maker of the fireplace tiles. Discovering Tile Heritage Foundation was the break-through. The kind people at the Foundation knew that my tiles were made by Woolenius Tile Co of Berkeley, California, and even sent me a page from the original catalog showing the Design No. 367, my exact mantel. And so it began - the journey through the wonderful world of historic tiles and, more specifically, tile tables.
You are welcome to peruse the quick visual guide to the collection or simply read below.