Next stop on the Claybrook express has been the wonderful city of Scottsdale Arizona. Perhaps not the most obvious place for us to find beautiful tile product but Scottsdale it was. The temperatures regularly hit the 100F mark and so we were a little perturbed to be told ‘that’s nothing, wait till its 120F, you can fry an egg on your car hood and in 2017 the road signs melted’. We were relieved therefore to find it a bearable 90F when we arrived and our apartment was well equipped with air conditioning.
We awoke to see birds emerging from the giant cacti in the front garden that are frequently seen in Arizona and the South Western deserts. I guess the inside of a cactus would be a nice cool sleeping spot and place to raise your young. Apparently, woodpeckers make the holes afresh each season and then other birds utilise the spaces from year 2 onwards.
We were visiting as we had been looking for tile that would be equally at home on a bathroom floor as on a kitchen wall or as a backsplash. Finding subway tile or mosaic tiles is one thing, but finding wall tiles and floors tiles that have something intrinsically special and different about them is another. We were delighted when we found a true artisan maker who could hand paint tile to our designs on a base terracotta that had been hand formed. It turned out that this small family run business has the clay formed in Mexico and then shipped to Arizona for the talented craftspeople to paint and fire. We worked with the team on designs that we felt would suit the homes of our clients in the UK in our softer light conditions. The resulting unique tiles have formed the core of our beautiful Navajo and Cannes collections incorporating designs in stunning shades and visually interesting pattern.