Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can Earth Images tiles be used in back splashes behind sinks in the kitchen
Yes, they are
designed with that use in mind and are regularly used for that purpose. They are
also used as accents in fireplaces. They can get wet but should not be
with water as inside a swimming pool or shower. The raku process causes the
tiles to be more porous and over a long period of time there could be moisture
absorption into the wall if they were regularly saturated. (However, I can
report that individuals have done so anyway and I have never heard of any
problems over the last ten years. They simply water sealed them with Thompson's™
Water Seal before installation.)
What can I use to clean
the tiles as they could get food splashed on them etc?
A: You can use any regular mild cleanser
including Ajax. The only cleanser I would NOT recommend is Zud®
as it seems to have a chemical that interacts with the brilliance of the copper
Q: Can the tiles be used outdoors?
A: Raku tiles can be hung outdoors but
should be brought back inside during seasons with freezing temperatures.
Q: Can the tiles be hung ?
A: Each tile has a depression on the back so
that it can be hung by a nail. Some people also add a little piece of sticky
velcro on the bottom corners for added security.
Q: Do you sell
field tile to install between the accent tiles?
A: I occasionally fire field tiles for small
orders but most people find that a high quality commercial tile is much more
affordable and works just as well. When looking for a field tile, it is not
necessary to find an exact match as a complimentary tile works just as well. The
tiles that have a textured look with beige flex seem to work well. You can also
combine different tile sizes as a good installer can just "cut in" the accents
wherever you want them. Some have asked if I recommend a specific tile. I
recommend you experiment with your own instincts and if you get stuck, feel free
to email me for suggestions. Dal Tile has some great ones to start with. Dal Tile is a brand name. Tumbled marble looks great too.
Q: Can you make a custom mirror with the tiles of my
A: Yes. Just email us at
and we can arrange that.