Tiles shine in the dark

Tiles shine in the dark

KÜTAHYA – Anadolu Agency
Tiles shine in the dark


Turkish tile artist Hakan Kulkoç produces tiles with a special method that makes tiles visible in the dark. He sends his artwork abroad as well. 

After four years of work, Kütahya local Kulkoç, 40, produced a method that makes tiles visible in the dark. 

Kulkoç started working on tiles in 1993. The artist said he tried to improve the art of tile making. 

Tiles shine in the dark

“My father was responsible for heating in an apartment. We had economic problems due to his low income. I was shining shoes to make a contribution to my family. I also started working at a tile factory after leaving school. I quickly learned the job. After a while, I also received training from the leading tile masters of Kütahya and worked in various china factories,” he said. 

“In 2002, I established my own tile studio. For my first studio, I had to buy a cup of tile paint and a few pieces of tile biscuits. My grandfather gave me 80 Turkish Liras for them and to start working. That night, I could not sleep until the morning as I had opened my own studio,” said Kulkoç. 

In his studio, he worked on the traditional art of tile until 2011 and studied the art of tile making. 

With some coincidences, the tile artist said he made a new discovery with the tile. 

“I was buying the paint, which I used for tiles, in powder form from a company in Istanbul. I was in the bath when preparing the paint. As the bath was dark, I saw that the paint in my hand was shining in the dark. I called the company and they told me they had made a mistake and sent me luminous paint. They asked me to returned the paint to them but I did not send it back and started working with this paint to see if it could be applied on tile or not. I used one kilogram of paint and continued ordering the same paint. During the work, which took nearly four years, and various formulas, I produced luminous tile paint and started applying it to tiles,” Kulkoç said. 

Thanks to this method he had discovered, the artist said his tile artifacts were shining in the dark. 

Kulkoç said he patented his discovery with the name “luminous underfloor ceramic tile method.” 

“Since the tile is cooked between 900-1,200 degrees in an oven, it is called ‘flowers blooming in fire.’ With my own method, they now bloom in the dark too. The difference from other tiles is that my tiles are cooked in 400-degree furnaces because the mixtures I use in the paint lose their effect in higher degrees. My tile plates, vases and decanters shine in the dark for about eight hours,” he said. 

The artist said he had difficulty in marketing his tiles at first. 

“We put examples in a few tile shops and they drew great interest. Then, I increased my production. Our tiles are sold abroad too. We receive great demand especially from Germany, Dubai, the Netherlands, Brazil, Italy and Norway,” he said.