Experience with handmade ceramic tile for backsplash?
I would like to use handmade field ceramic tile for my kitchen backsplash. We are renovating a 1919 Craftsman house with Grueby tile on three fireplaces and as I have patiently explained to my husband, I think the house "deserves" handmade tile in the kitchen. Depending on how far I decide to take the backsplash I will need as much as 100sf of tile, and I would like to keep the tile cost at no more than $25/sf if possible. I am also hoping to get the backsplash installed by the end of April. Having searched options on line, I think that Heath Ceramics and Fireclay Tile might be good fits for me. I am looking for anyone with experience with Heath or Fireclay tiles, whether lead times are reasonable, how quickly samples come, etc., or if there are other companies I should consider in my search that offer reasonable lead times and a wide range of color choices. I think I understand the installation issues with handmade tile, but as someone who makes and loves ceramics, I can't get the beautiful irregularities of handmade tile out of my mind.... Any advice/tips on moving forward appreciated!