Honoring Heritage: San José Tile At The Witte Museum

Lifestyle scene created with multiple square tiles

Proudly residing in San Antonio, Texas, MATERIAL Bespoke Stone + Tile is honored to sponsor The Witte Museum's newest exhibition.

San José Tile: The Art & Artists features over 45 stunning natural stone tiles, murals, and photographs. Each exquisite creation honors the legacy of talented artisans and embodies the colors and themes of South Texas and Mexico.

For over 40 years, San Antonio's San José workshops designed and crafted thousands of vibrant tiles, bowls, plates, and other pottery depicting life's special moments, from festivals to villages, ranches, plants, and animals. CEO and President Tim Roberts, a long-time collector of antique tiles, appreciates how the local and regional craftsmanship transcend beyond the space. 

"We love being a sponsor for this exhibition because of the historical connection of San Jose Tile to San Antonio," he stated. "The Witte is an important museum in our community, and it's critical to give back to the city that has been our business home for over 60 years."

Susan Toomey Frost, an author and collector of Mexican and Mexican-American photography and decorative art, is among the pioneering women whose works are on display.  Her book, Colors on Clay, brings the artistry, designs, and styles to life.

"Susan is THE expert of San José Tile, and we have a shared love of antique ceramic tile," he said. "When Frost called about our possible involvement, I jumped at the chance.” The women featured in this collection combine chemistry, alchemy, and design sensibility. Collectively, the established methods and techniques we see in the exhibit continue to be sought after and reimagined in the art tile world today.

Bespoke Tile and Stone

Since 1965, MATERIAL has been delivering the very best in world-class stone, glass, and ceramic tile. Now until August 13, we invite you to enjoy the Witte’s one-of-a-kind experience. Featured artists include Fernando Ramos, whose work depicts Old San Antonio, principal tile painter Lucile Carmona, potters Mateo Espinosa and Ángel Rendón, and metal artisans Theo and Kurt Voss.

To learn about our stone and tile solutions, schedule a virtual appointment online or contact us by phone to learn more about our showroom locations across the U.S.

Title with image of a dancing man and woman
Wall mural panels
Display cases of pottery and tiles
Tiled table with historical photo wall mural

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