|Kitchen - House Louw Halcyon|
“Hi Gerrit and Gillian,Thank you for meeting with us on Sunday; a thoroughly enjoyable experience for us to meet two people who so enjoy what they are doing.As far as the picture below the wording “HALCYON DAYS” IS CONCERNED; we envisage a pair of Pied Kingfishers - one hovering in the foreground in fishing pose and the other in the background sitting on a branch (or reeds) hanging over the calm water. This can be on a single larger tile or 4 normal smaller tiles. We look forward to seeing your interpretation.Kind Regards, Guy and Jay”
Type of tyle: Handmade concave tile for a textural effect.
Colour: Mixed tones of grey greens.
Grout Recipe: Gillian suggested the following grout recipe for these aqua- green - gray tiles.
“Hi Gerrit and Gillian,Thank you for the wonderful Halcyon Days tile panel that you made for our new kitchen at Malgas and especially for having them ready within the time frame that you advised. We love them and will definitely send you before/after photographs of the tile installation above the gas hob once it is complete. The installation of the kitchen cupboards will commence early October, so the installation of the tiles should be complete by mid to end October.”
The greens are very similar to the aqua green tiles used in this post, and is particularly suited to this Breede River riverfront cottage.
Gillian Greer handpainted the decorative tile and with meticulous craftmanship she brought the Halcycon to life - but not without the normal ceramic curve balls - the first artwork buckled, the second one had to light a background colour applied and the third and successfull tile had to be painted - a solid week of painting!
The client was forced to order more plain tiles due to unexpected kitchen changes - this did not present a problem as we keep batched of glaze for at least a month after having delivered the order - but in this case we had to first produce the hand pressed tiles - all within a week!
These images were shot with a cell phone, but I think it is worth viewing the end result. Viewing this installation in person will be something else - and only the client and his & her lucky friends will have the priviledge to enjoy the "life" these tiles will bring into the kitchen!