Testimonial No. 37
" Hi Gerrit
Just wanted to let you know that the tiles are MAGNIFICENT!!!!!!! I had such fun playing with the layout and personalising it - random yet with form and flow.
We are not yet moved in upstairs, but when we are I will let you know to come and photograph. (Joiners are still busy in the kitchen).
I am SO DELIGHTED with Hele's herbs that I am going to ask you guys to make me an oval ceramic platter with herbs painted on it - a decorative platter to go in the top shelf of my new Welsh dresser. Please comliment her adn thank her for me - it is like a dream come true - just what I wanted!!
And Peter did a great job.
Thank you so much.
Will be in touch,
Testimonial No. 36
Beste Gerrit en Gillian,
Ons wil jul net weer bedank vir al jul moeite en harde werk om die vensterbanke se teëls te kom meet, te maak met die spesiale mould en dan te kom lê en grout. Dit lyk baie mooi en rond die teëlwerk in die kombuis mooi af, soos Alfred sê, dit is spesiaal.
Ons waardeer dit baie en wens jul alles van die beste toe met al jul werk, al die groot projekte, asook al die mooi kombuise en ander werk.
Alfred en Maryna Kidd
Testimonial No. 35
Sorry that I have taken so long to reply. We have had a long and wonderful stay in our renovated beach house. The tiles you made for our kitchen really added a unique touch. Family and friends remarked on our special feature behind the stove.
Thank you for your enthusiasm and quick completion of the job. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow. The whole job was accomplished much faster and with much less effort than we anticipated.
Thanks once again and we will not hesitate to hightly recommend your services to anyone interested.
Testimonial No. 34
Apologies that is has taken so long but I've finally finished the tiling and my wife and I are thoroughly pleased with the result. The first picture shows the splashback for the ceramic hob, pictures 2-4 are the splashback for the range cooker and pictures 5 and 6 just show a small area I did behind the tap.
I hope you agree that the animal tiles look superb and that our choice of colours to compliment them work well.
Thanks once more for all you help in sourcing the tiles, we're so pleased with them.
Testimonial No. 33
Dear Gerrit ,
Thank you so much for the wonderful ceramics which have a wonderful medieval /Gothic feel – so unusual and a wonderful take on Queen of Hearts. Only just opened the box!
We really are thrilled to have them and even more – look forward to seeing them up there for all to enjoy.
From the Izi team, we are most grateful.
Testimonial No. 32
I have been extremely rude! So sorry! It's that crazy time of the year - with building, work and kids I don't know if I am coming or going! I have taken some pics which I will down load and send to you asap!.
Totally loving our kitchen! Get so many compliments on our splashback!
Testimonial No. 31
During the renovation of our kitchen I undertook to source beautiful, hand crafted ceramic tiles that reflected the style and nature of our home. It was not an easy task! I was absolutely thrilled to discover Southern Art Ceramic Design. Going to the workshop and meeting Gerrit was an inspiring and enlightening experience. I could have spent hours there. Although my project to tile the splashback of my hob was a very small one, I was so impressed with the genuine attention and excellent service I got. Gerrit has such a creative passion for what he does that it is easy for it to rub off on you. Each member of my family chose their own farmyard animal and I absolutely love the result. The tiles have added a special, personal touch to the heart of my home. Lots of friends have commented on how the tiles are full of life... that is just what I wanted!
Thank you Gerrit and your team.
Testimonial No. 30
Delft-style tiles for Chefs n' Icers
They are beyond lovely Gerrit!
Everyone I have shown is more than impressed.
Testimonial No. 29
The tiling is finally done
Everybody wants them, they never ever dreamt of tiles that were custom made. I have sure given your website to a few people by now. Thanks again for giving me a personalized kitchen. It came out so well.
Testimonial No. 28
Adam and I enjoyed meeting you!
Your works was amazing and it was just a great pleasure touring your creative space.
Thank you so much for sharing that with us.
Please let me know when you do decide if ever to come to Ethiopia, you have new friends here.
Testimonial No. 27
The knobs arrived before 10 this morning. My wife and I are delighted, as they go so well with the bedroom décor.
Thanks also for the two spare ones which we have used for a linen cupboard.
We will certainly be sending you photos by e-mail, and will get a grandson to help us.
We commend your courier company for their speedy service.
Kind regards and thanks,
Testimonial No. 26
What a battle to get the photos right, something went wrong with the program. I’ve managed to save it in a Word format. If you can’t use them, please let me know then I’ll try and reload the camera program. As you can see the pictures were taken in December already, just after they finished the kitchen.
What a search to get quality, startling and affordable “backsplash” tiles for a kitchen. After months and months of paging through kitchen and other interior decorating books and visits to tile shops, we decided to make a call to Slavin & Company and ask them if they could help us. They’ve given us the web info of someone who passed away some time ago but this led us to your website for the obvious reason – you had the solution.
What a pleasure it has been doing business with you – giving us the right advise, not pushing us into any direction, answering my e-mails very, very late at night, sending off parcels without any delay, bending backwards with your timing and your willingness to negotiate on the price.
It was such a pleasant and challenging exercise to build our own pattern – with each commissioning I guess you say that this is the best we’ve done – but ours must be the best ever!!! We get so many compliments that you should start paying advertising fees - to us.
I can keep on saying good and nice things about our end product and about Southern Art Ceramics Design – but my wife said I should not “gush” to much. Just a bit of advise to those who are busy renovating or building – do not waste time in searching for quality handmade tiles elsewhere – do yourself the favour and get the best from Southern Art Ceramics Design.
Thank you yet again for your great product and assistance.
Testimonial No. 25
"Dis hier en dis pragtig, Gerrit! Ons sal beslis 'n foto stuur en vir ons vriende van jou vertel."
Mercia le Roux
Testimonial No. 24
"Hi Gerrit, I marvel at our kitchen wall tiles everyday, and the comments of praise from visitors never cease! I will endevour to remember to send you some pics,"
Testimonial No. 23
"Thanks guys, great tiles and great service. Peter (recommended by you guys) is installing tomorrow! Can't wait. We are there to guide.
Will send pics shortly!
Testimonial No. 22
" Hallo Gerrit,
Ek het die teels gekry en is totaal in EKSTASE!!
Dit is absoluut BEAUTIFUL!!
Ons het vandag met die swembad area klaargemaak en dit lyk "uit die boeke"!
Sodra alles klaar is gaan ek vir jou foto's stuur!
Baie dankie ook vir die pragtige geskenke saam met my pakkie! Dit is so 'n groot bederf wat ek baie waardeer!
Dit is sooo uniek en ek gaan dit op 'n baie spesiale plekkie gebruik!
Jy het my dag gemaak!!
Nogmaals baie dankie vir julle hoogs proffesionele diens en jul gehalte van werk is van hoogstaande gehalte!
Wens net almal in SA het sulke kwaliteit van werk en trots in hul vakmanskap gehad soos jy en jou span mense wat saam met jou 'n team is!
Nogmaals baie, baie dankie!!
Groete uit 'n nat Vrystaat!
Testimonial No. 21
Thanks Gerrit for your follow up and excellent service.
Testimonial No. 20
Thank you for the follow-up. The tiles are fantastic, the instructions were perfect and the shipping was without flaw.
Thank you very much
Robert Amoils CA (SA)
Chief Financial Officer
Testimonial No. 19
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.
Enjoy the upcoming long weekend.
Hi Gerrit and Gillian,
Thanks very much for pushing this through, with as they say, "A Dash of Speed"
Once you let us know that the tiles are ready, we will collect them, if it suits you on a Saturday morning on our way to the Breede River.
The builder phoned me to say that the tiles that have already been installed above the gas hob really looked fantastic - so well done Team Mytile!
Guy and Jay
Testimonial No. 18
I landed on your website purely by chance this evening, and have spent hours browsing yours and your colleagues’ work.
Just wanted to say what an inspiration! It’s wonderful to get a sense of your passion, dedication and craftsmanship. I’ve really loved your work and hope that I can one day afford to order a panel of tiles for my kitchen – I will definitely keep you in mind.
Testimonial No. 17 Pinelands Cape Town
Attached are 3 pics for you the tiles look stunning, we are so happy with
them! They are the focal point of our new kitchen, they are getting amazing
compliments so we are already passing your name on...
We are off to Kgalagadi on Sat am, so I can take more (and better) pics when
we get back but here are some in the meantime. If you need the tiles that we have
not used, before we leave please let us know, otherwise we can make a plan
when we get back?
Mandy and Pete McKay
Testimonial No. 16 from Switzerland
Wow!! They look gorgeous!!
Sorry it has taken so long for me to reply. But the tiles were only placed last thursday! We had a long wait for the gentleman who put them in to come.
Next week they will put in the rubberry silicone "filler" around the very outer edge and finally the kitchen will be done!
I will wait until then to send pictures. Here however I note my feedback.
We are so pleased with the exceptional work done by Southern Art Ceramic Design. From the beginning to the end Gerrit took us step by step along a professional path that has lead us to having a unique spotlight in our kitchen.
We have received so many compliments, from friends and even from the workers in our house, claiming they had not seen anything like it.
The shipping and the packing was easy and excellent. Each piece was protected by a piece of styrofoam, none were broken and we even received the tiles right at our doorstep.
We appreciated the professional advice on colors and styles. What a wonderful way to get the look you really want. We simply sent in a picture and shortly afterwards we received suggestions for colour and font.
Thank you, it was a pleasure to work with you.
Sincerely Markus and Heidi Aeschbacher
Testimonial No.15 From Denmark
Now I am flabbergasted (new word for me) Your service is amazing !
The tiles look absolutely superb and fitted like a glove. Thank you again for a superior product and professional service.
You certainly are ding a marvelous job and another reason for us all to be Proudly South African.
Have a great Christmas and I look forward to any future business we could do.
At the www.handmadetiles.co.za website, we sold 6 tiles from the category ” In Circles We Walk” and the testimonial of this sale makes us proud.
Baie dankie, die teëls is reeds Vrydagoggend 10:00 by my afgelewer – eintlik verstommend vinnig.
Hulle is baie mooier as wat ek gedink het! Baie dankie!
Dankie ook vir die geskenk. Ek stuur vir jou ‘n foto wanneer hulle geinstalleer is.
I’ve been meaning to drop you a line, but the end of year rush has been hectic!
We are thrilled with our herb tile panel, it has enhanced our new kitchen considerably and the entire process went very smoothly. The service that you and Gillian provided was top class, and I must thank you both for all that you did for us. We needed to get our panel up to Johannesburg urgently, and you did this well within the expected time period (we didn’t pay the premium price for quicker delivery).
The panel looks great, and we have had many compliments made about how lovely it looks. The tiles were installed by our kitchen architect and builder (Rade Jovic 0824125828) and his men and it all happened very quickly.
I wish you well in the future, and I will buy from you again! I will take a picture of our installation shortly, and I’ll e-mail it to you.
View Craig Woodrow's word panel here.
The tile panel was installed this week. We are absolutely delighted.
Sally will reply to your email
I am sorry you beat me to it, as I had every intention of telling you the tiles are eventually up! This only happened on Friday, so very few people have seen them, but both David and I and the lady who is painting the kitchen for us are delighted and they look as good, if not better, than the photographs you sent us by e.mail.
David and I so enjoyed meeting you at the factory in Hermanus and seeing all the beautiful tiles you create. Although we had an idea what we wanted it was only with your expertise that it all came together.
Although we collected the tiles from you some weeks ago in Cape Town, I only unpacked them and laid them out last week, as I was apprehensive that they might get broken. None were broken because of your excellent packing, so now our lovely plaque is up on the wall above the hob.
As soon as the kitchen is complete I will take a photograph and send it to you.
Thank you for all your hard work. We much appreciate what you have created. We hope to see you again soon.
View an artist impression of her panel
I am currently down in France on holiday but as you know I was
delighted with the service, both from a design input as well as delivery.
Our order was not ordinary, our lead time was small but you managed to deliver
exactly what we wanted in advance of our builder's deadline.
Everyone who comes to the house loves the 'Aga Corner' as I call it and the quality speaks
Your tiles are not cheap but that's because they stand out in
terms of finish and style.
I will not hesitate to recommend your company or
use you again in the future.
View The Sherrington Kitchen or Register and Log in for her Portfolio
Thanks for the contact. I'm afraid that there were few design-orientated
people involved in our cottage as I pretty well did it all myself! However,
Margie Walsh, our architect, knows of your company and she was pleased when
she saw the tiles we'd chosen. The company who made our kitchen cupboards
also admired them. As we've not yet finished the cottage - but hope to in
the next fortnight - friends haven't been coming to see it. But I'm certain
that when they do, they, too, will love the tiles. Everything looks superb
and is just how we'd imagined they would look. They create features without
being ostentatious. And you and your team got the colour perfect! Craig and
I are thrilled with the result.
I also very much enjoyed working with you and your team. Everything was
dealt with very professionally and things went exactly according to plan.
This was especially gratifying because almost everything that could went
wrong during our renovation. (Hence the very lengthy period of building!)
You all responded quickly to my ideas and I was always confident that the
tiling would be successful. I especially appreciated the "extra" plain tiles
that arrived with our order. As it happened I had had to make a last-minute
alteration to the granite splashbacks on either side of the hob. And the
extractor fan unit had been set slightly higher than we'd expected. So we
needed some extra tiles to cut in half to create an additional row. All went
well with only two breakages!
You are welcome to use any of my remarks in your advertising if you think
they will be of any use. But please do not use my name.
I'm sorry that we've been unable to meet you at the cottage when you've
wanted to take photographs. We'll be happy to oblige but do not live there
yet. Please let us know several days in advance when you're likely to be
coming through Somerset West and we'll try to meet you there. I'm hoping
that by tomorrow (Friday) I can close the door on a completed project!
With best wishes to you all and thank you so very much for helping to make
our cottage something really special.
Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you.
As we said when you were here, once the project is finished one tends to jump to the next, forgetting the successful completion.
The photographs you took are beautiful! Can’t quite believe it is our kitchen! Garden and Home phoned to ask if they could photograph it too and Di is due to come next week! So it is being much admired.
Our experience both with Twines Tiles and with Southern Art (both yourself and Gillian) was a real pleasure. Your advice was sound and the work was completed well within our time frame. When we realized we had under-estimated the amount of tiles needed (cause of a design change) a lot of time and effort was spent matching the previous tiles and now you can barely tell the difference – in fact the slight change makes it look more individual and original.
Our kitchen was designed by Nicolwood, manufactured by the cabinetmaker, Peter Christie-Smith (Tel: 082-9385265) and the tiler is employed by our builder, Pete Matthiae (021-7617238).
I hope this is useful feedback.
Many thanks for helping us to make our kitchen a joy! Regards
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My tiler installed my beautiful tile panel yesterday, and I just want you to know that I am thrilled with the result - it is looking beautiful! Once all is complete, I will send you a photograph for you records.
Thank you for your excellent service, for the way in which the tiles were packaged and delivered, and for the very clear instructions for installation that we received.
Warm wishes for a blessed festive season and a prosperous 2008!
Dr. Emma Wypkema
We love our kitchen tiles - and they are much admired by all our friends.
It was a pleasure to work with you. The brief was fully understood and perfectly executed - with enough choice to give us plenty to think about. And to have everything ready within the given time frame is - sad to say - extremely rare in the building industry in this country.
We'll be back.
Penny & Richard
Always very pleasant to deal with, always helpful, never impatient.
Reliable quality and definite back up available
The passion for your work shows through the tiles.
We were all so enthralled at your wonderful studio and the beautiful,creative work you are all doing there.
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Just attaching a few pics now our tiles are on the wall.... We will be visiting again soon to get some more tile... Would you let me know when you have any more of the same or similar faces in stock as we are going to do our one bathroom in a very similar effect.... They have been a great hit and friends have been bowled over by your very special tiles.
Many thanks - we love your work.
FOR THE KIND ATTENTION OF GILLIAN GREER :
At the outset may I say how wonderfully refreshing it is to know that, despite so many increasing examples and experiences to the contrary in the world at large and in the New South Africa in particular, the art of “providing service” is still alive, well, and certainly practiced by one, Gillian, of Southern Art Ceramics.
In truth, as you had only made contact with me mid afternoon yesterday, and, following our chat, had still to search your archives for details of my previous order, you could have knocked me over with a feather last night when I opened my system, downloaded my messages, and found your e-mail, below.
You, dear Madam, are indeed a “Star”, which is why I have deemed it fit to accord you the recognition you so richly deserve by way of my opening salutation! Thank you, too, for your proactive thought, and the Iogic which I much very appreciate, in providing me with two “alternative fonts” for consideration. In this respect, both in the interests of conformity (i.e. to be the same as the other sign) and as I feel that, given the spelling of the word, the “full stop” after the abbreviation would tend to offset potential confusion between an “ I “ and a “ T “, I have decided to go with Font 1. In all other respects your Quotation is acceptable, and I would very much appreciate it if you would proceed accordingly, with, as usual, all haste of course! Why? Simply because I would like to be able to take delivery of the finished product in Cape Town when next I go through on 20.07.2006. To this end, I shall be grateful if you would kindly let me know when it is ready for collection, as also your physical address (should it differ from that below) so that I can have my Daughter’s fiancée, a resident of Hermanus, pick this up for me before the time and leave it with her in Cape Town for me to collect when I see her. In conclusion, I would add that in a few moments I’m going to go next door to ABSA Bank to effect the payment of R365-00, and will thereafter fax a copy of the deposit slip to you.
Once again, many thanks for your prompt response, and all your kindness.
Sincerely yours, Walter.
WALTER L V PRICE
The Avalon Place
Republic of South Africa
Tel/Ans/Fax: +27 (0) 23 614 1227
Mobile: +27 (0) 72 436 3594
Thank you for your mail & layouts.
Option 1 is great, I love it, exactly what I was looking for - with a few alterations please:
*Could you move the tail down slightly, because I would love the mermaid to have much longer, flowing hair.
*I also love the starfishes from option 2 - could you maybe
incorporate in option 1a few stars, I also like the colour of the stars. What do you think, will it work?
* The wording of option 1 can be slightly darker - not quite the dark blue of option 2?
*Would it be possible to incorporate a bit of turquoise in option 1 - its my favourite colour.