Andersen Ceramics

Decorative tile inserts for
your kitchen backsplash,
bathroom, or fireplace.

Our Work
Installations

Installations

Installations of our high relief kitchen backsplash tiles, decorative ceramic murals, stone washed tile inserts, tile accents and borders

Kitchen Backsplash Tiles

Andersen Ceramics specializes in decorative backsplash tiles with a classic French look. They can be used alone or as a framed insert or mural. You can use them behind the range as part of your kitchen backsplash, in the bathroom, or around the fireplace. Our main goal will be to make a unique decorative centerpiece customized for your specific application.

These high relief designs are influenced by the decorative architectural designs that you might see on carved antique furniture or the façade of a turn-of-the-century building. You can bring that same classic look into your home by installing a set of our kitchen backsplash tiles, creating a unique focal point that you will enjoy for many years to come.

Our line of decorative ceramic tiles consists of about 20 large centerpiece tiles which range from 10 x 14 inches to 14 x 36 inches. To complete the look and improve the overall size and appearance of the tile set, we make about 10 different liners which are typically used to frame the main tile. We also make flat or field tiles in various sizes, which can be used between the center tile and frame or to cover the remainder of your backsplash.

All of our custom designs are fired ceramic tiles. They are made from clay, not resin, cast stone or plastic. Our tiles are individually hand pressed here in Austin,Texas. There are no mechanical devices of any kind used in the process. Clay is pressed into plaster molds and then removed. After slowly drying, they are fired to 2,000 degrees. Next the glaze is applied and the tiles are fired for a second time. We offer over 24 different color selections. The finishes are either glossy, matte or stone wash, which will allow you to blend our tiles with stone or ceramic tiles you can purchase locally.

One trait that I can claim from my father: ingenuity.

After the war, my Dad was applying for a construction job, one of the requirements was that you brought your own tools. He didn’t have any tools, so he went into the office with pieces of scrap pipe and bricks in an old tool box he borrowed. He made sure to set it down with a thud.

Catalog

Our catalog of ceramic tiles for your kitchen, bath, and fireplace is organized by the type of ceramic tile. Please browse all the options and contact Andersen Ceramics for a personal consultation about which ceramic tiles will best enhance your home and add to its value.

Large Tiles

Large Tiles

These are my larger sized relief tiles generally used as an accent or decorative centerpiece of a kitchen backsplash…

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Medium Tiles

Medium Tiles

View a gallery of each medium-sized tile by selecting an image below. Large Kitchen Backsplash Installations…

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Small Tiles

Small Tiles

View a gallery of each small-sized tile by selecting an image below. Medium Sized Backsplash Installations…

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Vertical Tiles

Vertical Tiles

These are some of my high-relief backsplash tiles that can be used verticaly. A few of these are also listed elswhere in Catalog…

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Frames

Frames or Liners

View a gallery of each tile by selecting an image below. You might refer to these tiles as liners, mouldings, borders or even listellos…

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Field Tiles

Field Tiles

Field tiles for decorative ceramic panels for kitchen, bath and fireplace, installed by Andersen Ceramics, Austin, TX…

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How We Will Design

Your Kitchen Backsplash Tiles

kitchenTo start with, you can e-mail or call us directly. Tell us the approximate size of the area that you are working with, and which or our tile designs you like. If there is a particular photograph that interests you, describe it to us.  Once we have this information, we can make a simple drawing like this one below to show you how that particular set of kitchen backsplash tiles would fit within your area.

You could also cut out a piece of paper to the actual size of a tile set, and tape it to the wall in order to get a better idea of the fit.  The shape and overall size of the set is important and since each tile comes in only one size, we use liners or flat strips to create a tile set that looks right for your area.  We have photos of many common layouts which are available within this website.  If we don’t have a photo of the exact set that you like, we can lay out the pieces and e-mail a photo to you.

Next, tell us whether you are using traditional glossy tile, matte tile, or a stone material for the rest of your kitchen backsplash. We can make make flat tiles for you, but most of my customers buy their own flat tiles or stone locally.  We will send several glaze samples to you at no cost. You can visit the color page to get an idea of the glaze colors and narrow down your choices. Having our glazed tile samples in your home 

will be the real test of whether a color is going to work for you. If you need some more convincing after that, we can send some larger samples or a piece of the actual tile or liner that you are considering. At the same time, I will send you a quote which will show you all the pieces that will be used to assemble your set of kitchen backsplash tiles.  Unless you live out of the country, there will be no shipping costs.  When you are sure that you  like the layout, color, size, and everything else, I’ll ask you for a 50% deposit by credit card, check or through Pay Pal.  After we have started on your order I can also provide you with a photo of the cut pieces to confirm the layout and another photo after the set is glazed. My intent is to make this web site as informative and user friendly as we can, so if you have any questions about the site or our tiles, please give me a call or send me an e-mail.  I am always happy to provide answers or hear to your comments and ideas.  Neal Andersen

Can’t wait? These tile sets are available now.

Individual tiles and tile sets that I can send to you today. In many cases they do not have matching frames. You may be able to purchase liners for framing locally that match your field tiles.

Personal Introduction

backsplash tilesSomewhere within this website you might expect to find a spot where I would tell you all about my artistic background, professional training, internships or exhibitions.  How I researched and developed this idea during my travels abroad, or was inspired by a stroll down some famous street in Paris.  Unfortunately, none of these things has ever happened.  The real story is that I have always been creative, hard-working, and maybe just a little lucky, so after I was laid off by a semiconductor manufacturer, I found that I had a little time on my hands. Then someone suggested that I go to an antique furniture auction.  After many hours and even days of watching and waiting, I bought a big old carved cabinet from France.  After having it in my home for a while, I wanted another nicer piece, of course, but I didn’t have the space or money to buy another, so I decided to sell the first one.  Wanting to keep more than just a picture of it, I thought that if I could somehow reproduce the high relief images on the doors, I could keep my favorite part of this beautiful piece of furniture, then sell it and buy another one.  So the plan was hatched !  It was many years between that point and a time when I had established a reliable process, found a market, launched a web site, and found that I could sell enough tiles to actually feed myself, but it eventually happened.  Now I make tiles.  I hope you like them as much as I have enjoyed creating them for you.

Contact Us

Please call us at any time. If no one is available to answer the phone, please leave a message.  We will try to return your call within 24 hours.  You can also use  e-mail neal [at] andersenceramics [dot] com or fill out the form and include your phone number and address.

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