A true international collaboration, Lama Gyurme carves each original tile with deep relief, and then Courtney reproduces the tile using Old World techniques. Each three-dimensional tile is made entirely by hand: hand cut, hand pressed in hand-made plaster molds, slow-dried, bisque-fired, finished with 2-3 layers of glaze applied by hand and fired a second time. Traditional Tibetan color schemes are offered, as well as more contemporized monochromic glazes that offer subtle color variations and a variety of textures.


In addition to the 4”x4” Eight Auspicious Symbols Series, the collection currently offers a selection of 3”x 6” border tiles, which represent the interconnectedness of all things. Separate, individual jewels are held by pata representing the five elements (water, fire, plants, earth and wind). The intrigue pata wraps around the jewels, representing wealth, connecting it to the five elements. Also offered in the 4”x 4” size is the snowlion-bird (a representation of two enemies becoming one) and the three jewels (the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha).



Clay used to make tile is an abundant resource, which creates a permanent durable building finish that maintains its beauty and strength for generations. The endurance of handmade tile is inherently environmentally sound. Courtney’s sustainable design experience influences all aspects of her tile making practices. The Tibetan Tile Collection uses earthenware and stoneware clays which are 100% certified non-toxic. All production “waste” such as unused clay scraps and seconds are saved and recycled into future projects. Seconds are donated to tile artists and schools for incorporation in mosaics and art projects. From concept to installation, Courtney and Lama Gyurme bring a respect for the natural environment together with beauty and functionality.