Symmetry Tile Works is a small collective of artists based out of Epping, NH. The company was founded in the early 2000’s by Robert Rossel and his wife, Kerstin.
Every process put into the creation of our unique work is done by hand; from extruding clay slabs to creating the composition and firing the pieces in our propane kiln. Every surface texture and focal image on the tiles is created by pressing objects into the clay body, utilizing as many natural objects as possible as printing tools. Wild growing flowers, plants, herbs, rocks, seashells, coral and barn board are some of our most common and successful. In addition, we’ve created a collection of wooden, pewter and rubber stamps of flowers, animals and sea-life to achieve the focal images. We have also casted sunflowers and daisies from our neighbour’s beautiful garden with urethane rubber.
After we have produced the clay slabs, pressed a composition and let the tile dry to green ware, we brush our handmade glazes and layer crushed, recycled glass onto the surface of each tile prior to loading the work into the kiln. Our tiles are not only unique in their appearance, but also in the world of ceramics itself. Other producers of ceramics fire their wares twice, once to bisque and again after glazing. Eliminating an additional firing and utilizing recycled glass allow us to reduce our impact on the environment.
Throughout the year we can be found selling our work at several art shows and craft fairs, including the Rhode Island Flower Show, The League of NH Craftsmen’s fair at Mount Sunapee, The Big E, New England Open Markets, who host SoWa and Providence Open Market. In addition to the art shows and markets, we have a beautiful new retail space in Epping, only about a mile from our production studio. At the retail space we offer sales of our work as well as classes and workshops for people interested in learning how to work with clay.
During the time between the various events we participate in and manning our retail space, we work in local elementary schools with our Artist in Residence programs. During these programs we direct the students in the creation of stunning full wall tile murals. The children get to step into our shoes and learn about every aspect of our process. The mural stays behind as a permanent fixture in the school. We also provide private clients with custom murals, backsplashes and tile installations for their homes.