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About Our Studio

 

Lea Nigel Studios is an artisan ceramic tile studio in Northern Michigan, here to design and produce gems for your living spaces. Clay is what we do, a passion we'd love to share with you! Handmade, bespoke tile, is a great addition to any design agenda. We craft 100% authentic artisan tile to create the perfect place of refuge, a sanctuary living space, to call your own.

We begin your tile order with commercially manufactured clay. All of our tile designs begin as hand-carved clay prototypes, replicated in hand-poured plaster molds, with a limited number of pressings. Every tile is hand-painted and will have unique variation, each tile an individual beauty. We are really particular about our tiles quality, do our best to create our tiles with consistency, however variation is the essence of handmade tile. The completed tile is ½” thick and ready to be installed in your home.

We offer a multitude of beautiful, glaze options for you to choose from. We will find the perfect match for your idea. The glaze palette utilized is the highest temperature you can fire ceramic and maintain the array of bright colors you see in our work. All of our glazes are non-porous, vitreous once glaze fired. They’re also rated food safe, non-toxic. Absorption rate of our finished tile is 2%, any rate less than 3% is considered vitreous.

Install our ceramic tile on your backsplash, fireplace, or bathroom wall. We make  contemporary tile designs, our specialty shape field tile. Add some mid-century modern or contemporary, farmhouse style with our geometric architectural tile for your renovation or new construction interior design.

We recommend professional tile installation. A great link for handmade tile is: http://handmadetileassociation.org/articles/how-to-install-handmade-tile . We will make certain you get the quality product your home deserves.

Not remodeling or building your dream palace? We can also use our line of geometric tile to create a custom wall decor piece, just for you, in any color you choose. Need design help? Have a shape idea that you don't see? Please contact our studio. Design fee is $35 per hour, new patrons receive first hour free!

Our Art and Address Tile are hand painted with multiple glazes. No two tiles will look exactly alike, each an individual for unique character just for your home. We also take special request for Art Tile if you have an idea, iconography, you'd like to have produced, please give us a call, (231)735-6173

Our shipping time varies as everything is bespoke, made-to-order. Current lead time is between 2-16 weeks. The shipping time is dictated but what you decide to purchase from our studios. We work quickly to craft your order with care and professionalism. A singel Art Tile will take about 2-4 weeks to ship while square footage for an architectural tile order (your backsplash, kitchen, or bath tile) will take 8-16 weeks, depending on the amount of square footage you desire and how busy our studio is. Address Signs are created in 4-6 weeks.

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Installing handcrafted tiles in your interior space is a very affordable compared to other home improvement choices. Handmade tile is custom crafted art that will upgrade your home's design and will make a grand visual statement that will please you and intrigue your family and friends, sure to invoke conversation and create an authentic, enjoyable environment in your home.

When you decide to patronize our art, you help us to craft new work, expand our studio and enable us to create new designs. We'd love to be part of your story and please join us to create ours.