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About Batchelder Tile

About Batchelder TileThe Batchelder Tile collection is an authentic floor tile in the uniquely American Arts & Crafts tradition. This collection recreates the original stoneware pavers produced by the Batchelder-Wilson Tile Company of Pasadena and Los Angeles between 1909 and the early 1930's.

The natural, rustic blending of unglazed pavers is the distinctive characteristic that made the original Batchelder Tile pavers a popular choice for the quintessential Arts & Crafts home. These robust, handmade pavers serve the same purpose as machine-pressed or extruded quarry tile, but with much greater aesthetic appeal.

Our wet pressed, high-fired stoneware tiles are offered in four colors that provide a rich variety of tones, and can be blended to create a warm and inviting surface. Sizes include 2" x 2", 2" x 4", 4" x 4" and a 6" stone-hammer paver, all of which can be combined for a unique and custom installation. Decorative accent tiles are also included in the collection to enhance any design, and quick ship options are available to meet your project timeline.


History & Culture

Ernest Batchelder lived in Pasadena, CA while teaching at the Throop Polytechnic Institute, now known as CalTech. He also taught summer school at the Handicraft Guild, an organization central to Arts & Crafts movement in Minneapolis, MN from 1904 to 1909.

Ernest Batchelder

During this time, Batchelder wrote numerous articles for The Craftsman magazine and two books on design and craft. In 1909, Batchelder built a kiln behind his home overlooking the Arroyo Seco and became a craftsman of hand-made art tiles. His work became incredibly popular throughout the United States, and by the 1920's his tiles could be found in homes and buildings all across the country.

Ernest Batchelder summed up his design aesthetic perfectly in his book Design in Theory and Practice:

"But in practice there cannot be any conscious distinction between the aesthetic and the practical. The one is to the other as feather is to bird" ~[1910, Design in Theory and Practice]

 

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