Pruckler Tile is the architectural tile branch of the Whistling Frog Tile Co. in Ferndale Michigan. We have been making custom architectural tile in collaboration with designers and architects for over nineteen years. Our tile has been installed in private residences and public spaces throughout the country. Our gift tile line is available through museum shops and gift stores.
It is our mission to continue serving the design community by offering the very best quality tile. For those who value artisan quality work we suggest you could do no better than choose our tile.
Our handmade tile really is made by hand! They are not perfectly smooth nor uniform and they are not supposed to be. That is the secret and the beauty of handmade tile. The quality of 'perfect imperfection' cannot be imparted by machine made equivalents. Our handmade architectural tile are hand pressed into molds made from original artwork. It is a laborious process and often times a tile may be handled more than sixteen times on it's journey to completion. The hand forming process is of a nature that no two tiles are ever alike. Our handmade tile has a presence that harmonizes with a wide range of materials in a way that visually and literally plays on the sense of touch. With our handmade architectural tile you can create installations of intimacy and sophistication not possible with commercial products.
The owner Rick Pruckler received his training in the art of tile making at the historic Pewabic Pottery in Detroit. Rick worked at Pewabic as a designer for eleven years beginning in 1986. It was at Pewabic Pottery that Rick learned the intricacies of tile making.
Pewabic Pottery remains to this day as one of the few remaining links to the original Arts and Crafts ceramic movement in America. Because of our direct historic connection we see our work at Pruckler Tile as a continuation of this lineage rather than a reinvention of it. For that reason we are proud to say that we are an extension of the original historic tradition of Art Tile in America.