Sonoma County is renowned for its wines and equally luscious landscapes, but the real treasure is its tile. Snuggled somewhere between golden vineyards and California’s scenic 101 highway is Sonoma Tilemakers, an innovative tile manufacturer that fuses ceramics with glass and stone. Every year, the company invites designers from around the country to tour the factory (and the local wineries), and we had the opportunity to tag along this year.
As much as there is to say about Sonoma’s sparkling glass backsplashes and romantic ceramic tiles, there’s even more about how it’s all made. It’s intimate. It’s efficient. It’s detailed. The list goes on. In an attempt to shorten it, we gathered everything we learned into a four-part series (with photos, of course) that highlights why Sonoma Tilemakers is one of the best in the business. You can explore the first reason why we love Sonoma Tilemakers below. Like good winemaking, it’s all about balancing nature and nurture in perfect harmony. Sonoma does the same thing with its tile.
It’s as hand-made as ever
The not-so-secret ingredient? Human touch. In an age of technology, it’s like a splash of cool water to see Sonoma Tilemakers getting back to basics. There isn’t a shortage of machines at the Sonoma Tilemakers factories, but if they can, they use their hands, whether it’s cutting clay or glazing tile.
One of the best confirmations of craftsmanship is seen in Sonoma’s mosaic blends. Sonoma assembles unique mosaic blends and medallions by hand using jigs (below). In layman’s terms, it’s like fitting together pieces of a puzzle.
*Single color blends are made by machine for efficiency purposes.
Stay tuned until next week when we tell you the second reason we love Sonoma Tilemakers so much. If you’re already sold and want to see their handiwork in-person, click here to set up an appointment with one of our designers!