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.

Maylands

Maylands before

A long narrow courtyard exposed to the relentless summer sun presented a good opportunity to use ceramics to advantage.

Both sitting and dining rooms open directly onto the long narrow courtyard which is bounded by a high masonry wall.
A large ceramic urn, used as a design element, was currently installed in the courtyard
A series of alternative layouts were presented to the client to determine location of the ceramic wall.

The courtyard is the only external area available to the residence and all outdoor activities occur in this space.

The brief was to design a ceramic panel that referenced some of the vegetation that occurs along the stretch of river’s edge close to the residence and to evoke the feeling of the riverine environment.

The design being transferred to brown paper

The original drawing for the design was created in pastels on coloured paper. The design was then reproduced on the computer and gridded to scale.

The residents had just returned from a visit to South America and were captivated with the use of colour there. This opened the way to incorporating strong colour into the design.

The design was then enlarged on a grid and transferred to brown paper in outline only.  Calculations to allow for shrinkage were included into the enlarged drawing.The final resolution of the design was drawn onto the paper in coloured textas to define each element and colour.

Individual tiles were then designed and drawn onto the paper. Each tile was then numbered and a reference drawing was created on a plastic overlay. The brown paper was then cut around the outline of each tile to form templates for individual tiles.

Coloured slips were tested to reproduce, as close as possible, the pastel colours used in the original drawing. The design was divided into 12 sections and photographed. These photos were used as reference sheets for the layout of tiles and installation.

Clay was rolled out to a uniform thickness using a slab roller. The clay was then cut to shape using the brown paper templates. Once cut, the tiles were left to dry on racks and then the coloured slips were applied.

The tiles were then fired to 1200 degrees centigrade in one of the gas fired kilns.

The finished ceramic wall.

The tiles were fixed onto the wall with tile adhesive. The grout joints were coloured to empathise with the colour of the adjacent tiles. A profiled border tile and a row of base tiles were also installed.

After the grout dried the surface was cleaned and the ceramic wall was complete.

 

 

 

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