I bought a box of various 2"x2" Mexican tiles to create a backsplash behind my oven:
What I want to do, is to make some of my own tiles to mix in - tiles that don't "stick out" as being obviously different, but which contain images personal to me. I want my tiles to use the same colors and the same design styles as the ones I bought.
So I'm working with a local ceramicist, she's got some red clay to match these tiles (here's a side view of one of the purchased tiles, showing the clay):
and she's working with the clay to figure out shrinkage amount and what thickness to start with.
But now we're looking at the designs on these tiles and trying to figure out what they did, so that we can match it. (BTW I've contacted the company and they don't want to give up trade secrets, I guess that's understandable)
Some of these tiles look like they could have been hand-painted:
and possibly even
but others are just way too intricate and precise to be hand painted:
Any idea what process they used to put the images onto the tiles?