Zeckwerkz has been creating architectural ceramics for commercial and residential situations since 1998. We design, manufacture and install architectural ceramics, architectural and decorative metal design elements, large decorated ceramic urns, water features and decorative hand formed and tooled copperwork.


Cottelsoe before

The challenge presented was to make a small light shaft an interesting space.

The clients were at a loss as to how to furnish the space and what they could do to make it an asset rather than a problem space.

Direct sunlight only hits the floor of the courtyard in the middle of the day at the height of summer and its proximity to the coast requires careful consideration of materials used. The main bedroom  is located on the upper floor and its primary outlook is a blank wall.

The space was designed to provide daylight to adjacent rooms and its walls are punctuated by numerous  windows, the largest occupying the entire west side at ground floor.

Although the light shaft is over 5 metres high the floor plan is only 3.6m by 2.2m. The courtyard ran the risk of becoming a highly visible but unresolved space.


Detail tiled panel

A full height ceramic panel, with complementary ceramic planters, was proposed to the clients as a way of introducing colour and interest.

The proposal for the ceramic panel consisted of a centre pane of patterned, screen printed enamel tiles with a small handmade trim tile to surround it. A continuous screen printed enamel border  tile, to the outer perimeter, completed the panel.

Motifs were proposed for the centre panel and the border tiles. The motifs were plotted on a computer and colour separations were prepared.

Colourways were explored and once a colour scheme was approved, colour testing of the enamels was done.

Manufacturing and installation drawings were produced for client approval. Once approved, printing and firing of commercial tiles was undertaken.


The manganese lustre glaze planter & copper work

The planters and handmade trim tiles were produced and the copperwork for the hanging planter was created. The planters were incised with a floral motif and finished with a manganese lustre glaze.

The hanging planter was also incised and finished with the same glaze as the planters. The base was incised with a floral motif and then pierced.

The copperwork was formed, tooled, braised, patinated and lacquered all by hand.

(Images: Peter Zuvela & Jan Zeck)





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