In Russia, beautiful ceramic tiles have a long history. You can find all kinds of colorful motif tiles used in temples, palaces or lining fireplaces.
The motifs range from fables, to heroes in fairy tales, scenes of battles or hunting. You can also find characters from Slavic mythology or just pretty fruit and vegetable designs.
This video shows how tiles of this intricacy can be achieved in not much more than a few minutes. What’s key is the right pattern and colorful sand. All of these are nicely combined to depict the exact design of the metal template used.
You can find these tiles at many of the most beautiful buildings in Russia, such as the Trinity Church Nikitniki, the Krutitskii tower or St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow.
Come watch a ceramic tile artist perform all the steps necessary to create a tile before putting it in the furnace to fire.