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Custom Design

The secret’s getting out that Syzygy will make just about anything you can dream up.  Well, it isn’t a secret anymore.  Over the years we’ve produced a number of custom requests from the mundane to the exquisite and everything in between.  The care and pride we put into a modest toilet paper dispenser is equal to that of the elaborate decorations on a custom fireplace.  The truth is that we love the challenge and artistry involved in producing custom designs!

Recently we received an inquiry from a designer who had a client with a very specific request.  This client had an interest in Asian folklore.  He and his company were presented with an antique Japanese hammer and ever since business has been booming.  The client wanted tiles made with the image of the hammer on them and came with a drawing in hand.  Fortune clearly does smile on this client because the designer knew just who to turn to for this special project.  She sent us the drawing and the story and asked us what we could do.



We researched the lore surrounding Daikoku, a Japanese god associated with wealth and prosperity, and his hammer.  Our artist produced a drawing based on the image provided and inspired by our additional research.


Our first drawing didn’t exactly match what the client envisioned.  It did, however, open the client’s imagination to a much more detailed and three dimensional design than what he originally hoped for.  Further discussion and shared inspiration lead to the final approved drawing.


Then came the most difficult step for any client; waiting to see the finished work.  It was, without question, well worth the time, effort and patience – we think you will agree.



We love to know that we were able to realize the vision and bring such a personally significant element into this client’s home.  As a small, handmade tile maker we are able to do this regularly for people at a fraction of the cost that you would expect for a commissioned work of art.


Custom Color Matching

One of the most exciting things happening at Syzygy lately has been the increased interest in custom color matching.  We have been sent samples of everything from the home: stone, fabric, paint and, of course, tile.  This service hasn’t been well advertised, but that hasn’t stopped designers from requesting it.  In fact, we have received so many requests that we’ve recently invested in acquiring more stains and other glaze ingredients.  Now we are even better equipped to find just the color, texture and finish that you’re looking for.

A few of the many ingredients used

A few of the many ingredients used

The first step in the process is to send us a sample of the color you want to match.  As always, the more info you can give us, the better!  We will spend the next week or so testing and retesting to find the right mix of ingredients to match your sample.  Once we are satisfied that we are as close as we can get, we will select a range of results and send them to you for review and approval. While the results may not always be exact, the overwhelming majority of custom color match requests lead directly to orders being placed.

A sampling of our custom color results

A sampling of our custom color results

Our success can be directly attributed to Addie, our glaze department lead, and Joslin, who mixes all of our glazes.  Before these two teamed up, our results were inconsistent.  Now the majority of our color matches are successful.

Addie (L) and Joslin (R)

Addie (L) and Joslin (R)

This service is an incredible value and just another example of what makes working with Syzygy so special.  To find out how our color matches work and just what a great a value it is, contact us the next time your client needs that color and tile that can’t be found anywhere else – except at Syzygy.