TTC Sherbourne: Custom Tile Production
Mike Hauner, Partner at Interstyle Ceramic + Glass presenting the first batch of tile bisque.
After months of planning, the Sherbourne Community Mosaic has entered the fabrication phase. The 39 mosaic panels that will form the Sherbourne Community Mosaic will cover 400SF of the TTC Sherbourne Station.
The approximately 14,000 custom ceramic tiles are being produced in Canada by Interstyle Ceramic + Glass in Burnaby, BC. The equilateral triangle tiles are hand-made from Earthenglass™, a blend of 100% recycled glass with clay and porcelain.
In partnership with Interstyle Ceramic + Glass we’ve developed 12 bespoke colours that have been inspired by the paint palette of Canadian painter, Tom Thomson. Thomson once had a studio in the Toronto neighbourhood where the mosaic will be located. The 12 colour glazes match the coloured cardboard tiles that we used in the Sherbourne Community Mosaic pattern-making workshop series held around TTC Sherbourne in April.
To make the tile bisque the clay mix is rolled flat and then cut into equilateral triangles using a custom die.
Unglazed tile bisque.
Inspecting the freshly baked tile bisque.
Custom colour test samples in the glazing ‘kitchen’.
Interstyle Ceramic + Glass, Burnaby, B.C. Canada.