Nicholas Hasslock, son of Tika and Steve Hasslock of Hasslock Studios, grew up in New Orleans surounded by artist. This nurtured Nicholas in many mediums, especially ceramics. That kind of upbringing was the perfect backdrop to provide him the skills to carry this important New Orleans tradition into the future.
While working the booth of Hasslock Studios at Jazz Fest 2006, Nicholas was approached by a city architect who was at a loss to find replacement tiles for the sidewalks. The architect inquired whether Nicholas knew of anyone who could make the ceramic lettered tiles that spell out the names of the streets on nearly every corner in New Orleans. After not being able to refer him to anyone, Nicholas suggested himself and that he would be honored to give it a shot. Close to a year later, local contractors, Boh Bros., contacted and commissioned Nicholas for the job.
Over the next two years at his studio in the Marigny, Nicholas worked on perfecting the recipe for vitrification, the process by which clay becomes non-porous and glass-like. It was one tough and necessary challenge to give these tiles the integrity to withstand the wear and weather of the heavily used sidewalks. The new tiles are the only traditionally accurate replacement tiles that equally match the durability and color.
Today, New Orleans Tile Co. is proudly making many varieties tiles for any environment. We can cutom design any look and texture to meet your vision whether it is interior, exterior, kitchen, bath, address number, custom plaques and signage. Please feel free to inquire about any ideas you may have.
With this coming new year of 2017 we are dedicating more time to focus on our website to showcase all of our previous projects!