Last week the Scouts took a field trip to Crossville, TN to visit the StonePeak Ceramics production facility.
We were hosted by StonePeak and our local tile distributor, Mees Distributors. The visit was informative and really interesting.
We saw the tile making process from start…To finish:
These extra large tiles are from their Plane series. They can be specified as large as 5′ x 10′ . Oh the possibilities!
They actually had a machine called the Atomizer. Reminds me of Marvin the Martian.
StonePeak brings the artistry of Italian tile making and manufacturers it here in the good ole USA. That means lead times are shorter and we actually know what is in the building material we are using, unlike many Chinese made tiles. And price points are great.
We were amazed to learn what a green company StonePeak is. From using recycled materials in their tile to their air cleaning standards, we were impressed how much this company cares.You know what else was a big surprise to all of us? The ready to ship material is stored outside. The amount of tile was staggering!We got a sneak peak of the new collections. Can’t wait to use this Zebrino somewhere.
We specified the Palazzo series in our Show House hall bathroom we recently completed.It was a huge hit with everyone. Read about it here.
A big thank you to StonePeak and Mees for treating us to this opportunity!
Lately I’ve had an infatuation with Rookwood Pottery, a Cincinnati Art Tile Company that is more than 100 years old. It began during a consultation on a bathroom renovation for a 1930’s Tudor Revival. The original tile in the bathroom was fantastic, but sadly not salvageable.
We desperately wanted to find a tile with as much personality as what we had to replace. I was familiar with The Rookwood Pottery and knew that there were several houses in the area with original Rookwood tile from back in the heyday. That lead me on a day trip down to Cincinnati to visit the showroom and factory.I was smitten! Such craftsmanship.And they have a shop dog? Sold!So after lots of deliberation and budgeting, we came up with this palette:
I just love working with clients who are willing to go for what they love. This is going to be the most adorable kids’ bath.
Now, imagine my joy when I discovered the 21C Museum Hotel in Cincinnati, where we were staying that very evening to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary, featured Rookwood in their guest bathrooms. I soon found out it wasn’t the Rookwood I expected.
Check out this link from Interior Design Magazine describing the project, but in a nutshell, each guest bathroom features six custom made Rookwood tiles mimicking human body parts like noses, ears, breasts, etc. Don’t worry, it’s very tastefully done. And isn’t the rubber ducky a cute touch in the shower? BTW- I highly recommend this hotel- such a unique place to stay.
If you appreciate unique, hand craftsmanship and are considering using historic tile in your project, take a look at Rookwood and give us a call at Vintage Scout, we’d love to work with you.