How the tile was made

Nikau Palms, Sculptures on Civic Square, Wellington 1994, original silver gelatine print 		© Roland Idaczyk


The tile is inspired by the New Zealand native Nikau palm and its majestic sculptural representation by architect Ian Athfield on Wellington´s Civic Square.


The Ur-Tile, the prototype from which the mould was cast.


Plaster is poured over the prototype tile to cast the mould.


The mould after additional details have been carved in.


Clay is firmly pressed into the mould.


The surplus clay is shaved off.


The raw tile after a drying period.


The raw tiles have been placed in the kiln for biscuit firing.


After biscuit firing the tiles are painted. On the top left tile the painted areas have already been covered with wax to keep it free from glaze to preserve the colours.


The glaze has been applied to the surface and the tile is ready for the second and final firing.


The kiln is prepared for the final firing.


The final appearance of the tile.


The entire edition of 30 tiles of the Nikau design. The 21 best tiles are selected for The Tile Project.


Twenty-one installation sites ... twenty-one parcels.

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