TURNING TILES INTO
CUSTOM MADE TILE PANELS

1000graden

TURNING TILES
INTO CUSTOM MADE
TILE PANELS

Give your home a personal touch with a handmade tile panel created by 1000graden ceramic artisans. Inspired by Dutch tradition, our handmade tile panels are both contemporary and timeless.

Choose out of more than one hundred original designed tile panels in this webshop. If you want something special we modify the panel to your personal taste, size and liking. Or we can create something completely new!

OUR ATELIER

Chiel and Bea go back a long time. They met at the Amsterdam Academy of Art & Design in the eighties. They were trained as art teachers in the techniques of fine art and painting. Subsequently they moved on to and specialized in decorating ceramics.

Their mastery of hand-painting ceramics has grown over the years, while studying many international styles and practicing multiple application techniques. The signature 1000graden tile panels made by Bea and Chiel, are the result of years of experience in painting and decorating. They have made tile panels for many kitchens, home interiors, restaurants, and shops.

1000graden is the ceramic design company of Bea Peters and Chiel Kleipool. 1000graden is also Dutch for 1000 degrees, the Celsius temperature of the ceramic kiln for melting glazes.

The craft

We draw and paint directly on tiles. We use different techniques and styles.

Hand made edition: This is an edition of tile panels with the same decoration. These tile panels are friendlier in price because we use a ceramic print and reproduction technique.

Hand painted with glazes: These are exclusive tile panels, not one of these is the same. There is no second panel like it. The process is much more complicated. It is all about the “master’s touch”. These tile panels are therefore more expansive.

Application

You can mount  the tile panel ‘stand alone’ on the wall, or integrate it into a field tile. After firing we number the tiles. Enclosed in the package is a numbered map. We recommend that you lay out the tile panel, before mounting it to the wall. You can use universal tile adhesive to apply the tiles. We recommend keeping the grout as narrow as possible, 1 to 2 mm. Best done by a specialist.

Other possibilities: If you do not want to permanently fix the tile panel, you could mount the tiles on a plasterboard of at least 1 cm. For more information, please contact us.

What else you can make with tiles: a counter top or bar, a  table top, also for the terrace table,  a scene behind the wood stove or behind the fireplace, a billboard.

Design

Before painting on the tiles we make one or more sketches and visualisations. Things that inspire us:  flora and  fauna, food and ingredients, mediterranean and oriental heritage. Every subject is actually suitable as a tile panel.

Customisation: if you want to have a new design or modification of an existing tile panel, we make a composition sketch. This can be adjusted once or twice, after which we will apply the decoration on to tiles.

Painting

Based on the design sketch and the composition drawing, we will make the painting on tiles. Mixing the glazes and colours is an important part of the process. We start by creating the color palette. Then we start painting, after which the tiles go into the oven. Sometimes a second layer and baking round is necessary.

All 1000graden tile panels have a recognizable signature. This is due to the colours we use and the aquarelle-like technique we use.

Baking

The separate tiles are placed in a tile cassette and placed in the ceramic oven. Baking at 1000 degrees Celsius is a time consuming process, the end result is only visible after 24 hours.