Our tile company has managed to keep up to speed with current market demands while at the same time upholding our savoir-faire, our superior quality and our aesthetic sensitivity, all characteristics of the handcrafting techniques employed.
There are 4 main steps in the manufacturing process:
- The extraction and mixing of the clay directly sourced from our nearby quarries.
- The manufacturing
After having been “matured” the clay is then humidified, ground down, kneaded and then pressed into the desired shape and size. The method of pressing the clay is unique to the handcrafting process. The tiles are then cut one by one using a wire cutter. This “irregular” cut, ideal for restoration projects, is what gives the roofs their original appearance.
- The Drying
The tiles are then carried by hand and placed on a rack. It’s at this point in the process that the tiles adopt their curved shape. They are dried out for around 25 hours between 50 and 80°C. The tiles are then ready to be put in the kiln and fired.
- The Firing
This step lasts around 2O hours, over which time we gradually increase the temperature until it reaches 1000°C. During firing the tiles take on their colour and density. Our gas fuelled kilns allow us optimum control of the firing temperatures. Out of the kiln, the tiles are then manually loaded onto wooden crates, ready for transport. We work in conjunction with various transport companies to best meet with the individual needs of our customers.
Out of the kiln, the tiles are then manually loaded onto wooden crates, ready for transport.
We work in conjuction with various transport companies to best meet with the individual needs of our customers.