The Portuguese tiles you see in this post are handmade by local artist José Menezes de Lima.
He has been making ceramic tiles since 1994, when he began making tiles in the small village of Côte d’Ivoire.
Now he makes them in a small factory in the town of Cóte d’te, about 35 kilometers (22 miles) north of Lisbon.
The tiles come in a range of sizes, ranging from 4.4 centimeters (1 inch) to 3 centimeters (0.6 inch).
The tiles are easy to make, as Menezis is a fairly quick worker, according to the BBC.
And he is proud of the quality of his work.
“I don’t work with machines,” Menezas said.
“If you work with me, it’s the best.”
Menezans clay-forming process involves using clay to form a rough layer of ceramic, then a mixture of sand and mineral powder to form the final tiles.
The clay forms a smooth, flat surface that can then be sanded to a smooth surface, then smoothed out using a circular saw.
Menez is a relatively small artisan, but he works in large quantities.
He sells his tiles for up to $15,000 a piece.
You can see some of the tiles he makes at Menezs store on the island of Ile de France.
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