Sunday, April 20, 2014

How to Hang It ?

The other day I worked on a sculptural wall tile prototype. In making the tile the question of how to hang it came up. How to hang ceramic tiles is an age old dilemma for many potters who make tiles. I've been wanting to change my tile hanging mechanism from a glued on wood or D hook to an integral system where I can attach a wire on the  reverse side of the tile.

I think a different method will be more secure in the long run. For this sculptural wall tile I've made a circular frame shape on the reverse with two holes in the sides where I can attach a wire. I can see the outline of the form beneath since I used thin strips of clay, so I'll make the tile portion thicker and try again. I'm happy with the dogwood flower though.

After reading about Meredith's problems with the glue she's been using this morning, I plan to do more research and trials on tile hanging systems next week. I found this article at Ceramics Arts Daily about a lug hanging system but drying the tile upside down won't work for my three dimensional tile. Some of the comments in the article suggest other methods of hanging tiles. I'll be thinking about those as well. I tried gluing tiles to plexiglas in the past but the glue failing is always the limiting factor. If  you have any suggestions on how to hang wall tiles please let me know. Happy Easter Happy Spring to you all. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. Love the dogwood blossom - and hope you find a safe and secure way to hang your tiles.

  2. I helped unload a woodfired kiln yesterday. One of the artists had fired plaques. She attaches a clay disc on the center back (at leather hard) that has a grooved edge. The plaques were about 8x10" and the disk about 3" in diameter and 1/4" thick. With the groove on the edge of the disc, she simply wraps a wire around it. Benefit of the disk is you can decide later on what you want to be the top.

  3. Hi Elephant's Child, thanks I hope it can figure it all out.

    Hi bptakoma, thanks, oh the groove sounds like a good idea, I will experiment with that idea and see what I can come up with.


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