Lava Tiles (glazed)
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Lava Tiles is a lava stone based line of products that utilises new and traditional techniques in order to create wall and floor coverings that combine the colourful appearance of ceramics with the positive material properties natural stone is known for – such as strength, moisture resistance and thermal insulation.
All creations start as cut lava stones. In some cases the shapes are cut using a waterjet, and some of the designs are etched using sand blasting. This processing adds interest to the existing grain and texture of natural lava stone. The tiles are then glazed by hand using a special painting technique and fired at a high temperature, resulting in a wide variety of finish colours, such as metallic blues and greens, that cannot be found in natural stone alone.
An advantage of using lava stone is that while many other natural stones crumble or break under intense heat, it is possible to fire lava stone at high temperatures without causing any damage to the stone. This is because lava stone has already endured a stage of high temperature heating during the volcanic eruption in which it was created.