clé introduces Postcards From Myself

encaustic cement tile collection

Fireworks, custom kitchen installation of encaustic cement tiles, Photo by Penni Gladstone

The new encaustic cement tile collection designed by artist Ruan Hoffmann

(Sausalito, CA)…..clé is proud to introduce Postcards From Myself, the new collection of tiles designed by South African artist Ruan Hoffmann.

Postcards From Myself consists of 25 designs, each hand lithographed on an 8″ square encaustic cement tile. Hoffmann is an internationally exhibited painter who uses ceramic as his canvas. This is his second tile collection for clé, though first in the historic tradition of using multiples of four tiles to complete each pattern.  The collection was inspired by Hoffmann’s travels around the world. Hoffmann started the design process by painting 6″ x 6″ postcards, each representing a memory from his travels.

I live in Paris half the year, and spend several months traveling. These designs represent my connections to the oceans where I have swum, ancient cities I have explored, the shadows and exuberance of animals and plants.

Each cement tile is compressed, cured and then hand lithographed in a process that replicates Hoffmann’s original brushstrokes.
Deborah Osburn, founder and creative director of clé, explains how the tiles are made,

We start with the encaustic process of compressing and curing a cement tile in a mold and then we use lithography to essentially capture the spirit of Ruan’s hand. Lithography allows for a precise rendering of  a pattern, and so the finished tile looks hand painted. The process for this collection is a centuries old technique coupled with modern technology.

The tiles on clé are as distinct as the artists who create them. It is Osburn’s goal to provide a forum for discovery and conversation about what she loves most, tiles created by impassioned artists creating remarkable surfaces.  The Postcards From Myself collection is available exclusively on (415) 887-9011.

To learn more about encaustic cement tiles, download the free e-book here.
[Press Release]