Boston Valley Terra Cotta has been working with the spiritual organization, Ananda, to manufacture terra cotta roof tiles for a new temple located in Nevada City, California. This temple will act as a focal point for various large-scale events. The roof tiles have been manufactured by Boston Valley using both the Hand Press and Ram Press forming methods, which utilize clay that is packed into a mould to create multiple copies of the same piece.
The rich blue glaze that identifies an Ananda building has been recreated in our Glaze Lab — at Boston Valley, we are often able to match colors based on a supplied reference, but it is even more helpful when we have already worked with a client in the past. Boston Valley worked on another Ananda Temple back in 2007, located in Bothell, Washington, a part of the Seattle metropolitan area.
The subtle variants of a richly colored glaze create a striking blue mosaic; this creates a dynamic visual effect when viewed in natural light. The sheen of the glaze creates the luminous quality of the tiles. Underneath the blue is an unexpected red terra cotta through-body color. This detail further enhances the depth of the color, since the glaze works with the clay body underneath it.