Located in an 8000 foot renovated chicken coop on the farm coast of southeastern Massachusetts, Gustin Ceramics Tile Production has grown from the life and work of well-known ceramic artist Chris Gustin.
Chris Gustin has a distinguished
career as a studio artist, spanning more than thirty-five years of national
and international exhibitions. His work is included in the permanent collections
of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum
in London, the Shigaraki Cultural Park in Japan, the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the Mint Museum of Art
in Charlotte, and the Everson Museum of Art to name a few. Chris has been
the recipient of numerous awards including two individual artist fellowships
from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Master Craftsman Award
from the The Society for Arts and Crafts in Boston. His work has been
extensively published, including "American Ceramics: 1876 to the
Present" by Garth Clark.
Chris became interested in
the production of tile in 1994. He and his wife, painter Nancy Train Smith,
began working with architect Michele Foster of Portsmouth, Rhode Island,
to design their own house. As part of the project Chris made all the tile
for the new home including the entry and hall floors, kitchen floor, bathrooms,
shower stalls and fireplace surrounds. In what turned out to be the first
of many collaborations with Ms. Foster, it was natural for Chris to use
the materials and techniques he had developed over years of making pottery.
Chris chose high-fired clay for its rugged durability, and his own complex
signature glazes for the variety, beauty and individuality of their surfaces.
In what started out as a personal
project, Chris realized that he was making a product that was of interest
to architects and designers. Thus began Gustin Ceramics Tile Production.
In the years since, Chris has produced tile for numerous homes around
the country. Gustin Tile is represented nationally by architects, designers
and tile showrooms.
Gustin Ceramics offers tile
in a range of sizes, from a 12 inch floor tile to a 3 inch bath tile.
We have a choice of fifty glaze colors, including earth tones, blues,
greens, and neutrals. Custom tile sizes, glaze colors and sculptural installations
such as fireplace surrounds are also available by special order.