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Clash of the titans: glass or ceramic mosaic tiles?

(4 min read) If you are looking to treat your home with a timeless piece of mosaic artwork, you are probably becoming slowly and painfully aware that choosing is not such an easy task you thought it would be. One of the most confusing things, whether you are a novice or a veteran mosaic buff, is the versatility of the materials that are available in the market. Well, I’m happy to tell you that your suffering has come to an end. (sorry, I was a drama major)

Glass Mosaic Designs by Mosaics Lab
Fitting for the ongoing season and made of high-end glass tile by one of our best — Angelo Fabbri. Glass Mosaic Designs by Mosaics Lab.

In this post, we will dismantle and analyze two of the most sought-after mosaic artwork materials in order to determine which one is better and which one you should ultimately go for. Let the fight between glass and ceramic tiles begin!

Glass Mosaic Artworks by Mosaics Lab
One of many Lorenzo De Rosso’s glass marvels — Sapphires and Gold. Glass Mosaic Artworks by Mosaics Lab.

Glass tiles

Aaaand in the left corner of our autumnal, tastefully decorated ring we have a long-lasting champ, that’s been up against such titans as the Marble Mayweather and Stone de la Hoya. Its longevity and utterly sleek design had made it an unbeatable opponent. Ladies and gentlemen — GLASS MOSAIC TILES!

Glass Mosaic Mural Artworks by Mosaics Lab
Imagine these on your living room wall! Another amazing glass artwork by Angelo Fabbri. Glass Mosaic Mural Artworks by Mosaics Lab.

Alright, alright, alright, (in my best Matthew McConaughey voice) now that my awesomely creative intro is over, let me tell you some universal truths about glass mosaic tiles. You probably know that they can reflect light in the most amazing ways, thus making any space appear larger than it is. Shadow play will make any wall, floor, or piece of furniture look more exotic and unique. Not a single material on the market will look as chic as a glass tile and that’s just a simple truth. Did you know that glass tiles are created by heating sand and other tiny chemicals and then rapidly cooling them? See, even the way glass mosaic tiles are made has the word “cool” in it. You simply can’t go wrong with glass mosaic tiles.

Glass Mosaic Mural artworks by Mosaics Lab
One glass mosaic masterpiece from our collection crafted by Sara Steenson. Glass Mosaic Mural Artworks by Mosaics Lab.

Glass Mosaic Mural Art by Mosaics Lab
Very few materials capture religious moments quote like glass, Madona & Child by Pamela Mauseth. Glass Mosaic Mural Art by Mosaics Lab.

Ceramic tiles

Aaaand in the far-right corner of our fiery-colored, chicly ornamented boxer ring we have an 8ft tall sturdy muscular frame of a prominent giant. He’s been fighting and winning since the 4th century BC when he beat the Roman champion in the celebrated origin-match in the Holy Lands. Ladies and gentlemen — CERAMIC MOSAIC TILES.

Mural Mosaic Design by Mosaics Lab
Pretty and intricate ceramic tile mosaic wall art. Perpetua the cellist by Eileen McDonough. Mosaic Mural Design by Mosaics Lab.

Just like glass tiles, ceramic mosaic tiles come in a large variety of shapes, colors, sizes, and finishes. Whether you want to go retro, elegant, or fancy, ceramic tiles will give you what you need. Unlike glass, ceramic tiles are crystalline in nature and are traditionally made of clay. I say “traditionally”, because these days term “ceramic” is becoming more and more associated with a broader category of materials including cement and glass itself. Needless to say, that causes somewhat of a problem because you can never be certain what is your ceramic tile actually made of. Keeping this in mind, it comes as no surprise that ceramic mosaic tiles are cheaper than glass ones.

Mosaic Artwork and Mosaic Designs
Some colorful bird-life made of ceramic tiles to liven up your space. Mosaic Artwork by Mac Mosaics.

Ceramic Mosaic Mural Tiles
Lovely floral mosaic artwork made of ceramic tiles. Mosaic Design by Mac Mosaics.

In conclusion, both glass and ceramic mosaic tiles are awesome… Because they are used to for MOSAIC making, and here ate Mosaics Lab we know that there is nothing awesome-er (uh-huh) than a glorious mosaic artwork. However, one is slightly better than the other. See, unlike ceramic tiles, glass mosaic tiles have zero water absorption, which makes them easier to clean and maintain. Glass is also completely eco-friendly because it is completely organic and sometimes even made of recycled materials. Compared to this, the only advantage the ceramic tiles have over glass ones is that they are slightly cheaper. When it comes to appearance, preference is always a matter of your individual taste. In my own humble opinion, glass looks better and more eye-catching because it is luminous and radiant.

Glass Mosaic Mural Designs by Mosaics Lab
Splash some avant-garde on your wall with this fabulous glass mosaic done by the talented hands of Sophie Laroche. Glass Mosaic Mural Designs by Mosaics Lab.

So, (*insert drum roll) the winner of this 2021 match and the undefeated champion of mosaic making materials arrrrre — GLASS TILES. Seriously though, as long as you are going for a mosaic, you can’t go wrong, but glass tiles are just slightly better. *wink wink

Gorgeous glass mosaic artwork
We’re wrapping this one up with some fiery autumn colors with this gorgeous glass mosaic artwork by Pamela Mauseth. Glass Mosaic Artwork by Mosaics Lab.




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M. Belosh

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  1. Sondra Barker
    October 6, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    So beautiful! The sunflower piece is my personal favorite, it would really help to brighten up a space.

  2. Stephanie
    October 6, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    Ooh, it would be tough to decide, but I think I like the idea of the glass tiles being reflective and changing a bit in the light.

  3. Renata Feyen
    October 6, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    You always find such great mosaics. I love the fall forest

  4. Heather
    October 6, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    How do you choose between glass or ceramic mosaic tiles?! Both options are so beautiful!

  5. rachel
    October 6, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    These are absolutely stunning works of art!

  6. Lyosha
    October 7, 2021 at 4:43 am

    very beautiful and very attractive pieces that would totally add a lot to any interior!

  7. Fay D
    October 7, 2021 at 4:49 am

    This was such an interesting read – and has certainly made more sense of this for me as I’m finding it hard to work out how to model our bathroom. Also the mosaics you have pictured are absolutely stunning!

  8. Jennifer Passmore
    October 7, 2021 at 9:54 am

    I really like the way the glass tiles look! Very pretty!

  9. Khushboo
    October 7, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    I really liked the glass tiles. They look really so beautiful

  10. Krysten Quiles
    October 7, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    I have to say, I just really love the look of ceramic tiles. So beautiful.

  11. C.L.
    October 7, 2021 at 11:36 pm

    The floral mosaics is my favorite from the collection above. What a cool way to design and present the view of the world outside!

  12. Laura le Roux
    October 7, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    The sunflowers and the peacock are breathtaking! So stunning!

  13. Jupiter Hadley
    October 8, 2021 at 3:15 am

    I like the glass ones best – but never realized some where glass and some where ceramic.

  14. Lily
    October 8, 2021 at 4:52 am

    I want that huge sunflower one! That is an amazing piece!

  15. Rhian Westbury
    October 8, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Ceramic mosaic tiles are what I see most often about and in more European decor, but both look super impactful x

  16. Erika
    October 8, 2021 at 11:56 am

    Tough battle between ceramic and glass but I would have to go with glass on this one. There is something so elegant and sleek about glass mosaics!

  17. Risa Lopez
    October 8, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Wow, those ceramic tiles are so beautiful. I love mosaic artwork. I do have plenty of mosaic displays at home.

  18. Jasmine Martin
    October 8, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    I absolutely love both glass and ceramic, but I’d have to say that I like glass better. It’s something about it that makes it a bit more vibrant to me.

  19. Liam
    October 9, 2021 at 2:37 am

    Both material looks and showcases different strengths, I personally love the look of glass tend to go for ceramic for the home.

  20. Rhian Westbury
    October 9, 2021 at 11:16 am

    These are all stunning but I think I prefer the ceramic tiles and the texture of them x

  21. Jeff
    October 9, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    I just finished a mosaic class so I have a real appreciation for the art and detail that goes into these works. I love them, they are striking.

  22. Rosey
    October 9, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    I love the sunflowers. My mom would love the bird.

  23. Blair Villanueva
    October 10, 2021 at 2:37 am

    These pieces are fabulously amazing! I can’t imagine how much time and effort they exert to create these masterpieces. Great focal point in a modern home.

  24. Lyanna Soria
    October 10, 2021 at 7:22 am

    All of those artworks are looking absolutely beautiful and I love that glass mosaic by Sara Steenson.

  25. Danwil R
    October 10, 2021 at 11:34 am

    These are cool mosaic tiles! I’d go either glass or ceramic.

  26. Catherine
    October 10, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    So many beautiful autumn themed mosaics! I love the glass…so stunning!

  27. Renata Feyen
    October 10, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    The fall forest is definitely my favorite mosaic – love the colors in it

  28. Kathy Kenny
    October 10, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    I love the Van Gogh inspired one. I’d definitely love to have that. It’s definitely something that I’d love to have.

  29. Gail
    October 10, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Your flair for the dramatic got me hooked. I started reading this thinking I would choose ceramic over glass mosaic tiles but you got me at “eco-friendly”. Would love to have one in my home. <3

  30. Stacey Peters
    October 11, 2021 at 3:03 am

    Both the glass and ceramic tiles are beautiful. I’m not sure which ones I prefer more.

  31. Natalie
    October 11, 2021 at 4:26 am

    Oh wow these are absolutely stunning! I can’t decide which is my favourite.

  32. Sabina Green
    October 11, 2021 at 5:35 am

    I don’t think I could make a decision I find both glass and ceramic mosaics to be stunning!

  33. Just Juan
    October 11, 2021 at 8:07 am

    These are very beautiful glass tiles.

  34. Risa Lopez
    October 11, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    I love mosaic, I have a few collections at home. I love tiles mosaic. They look very beautiful and classy. Glass mosaic is also cool.

  35. Neely Moldovan
    October 11, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    I love the way both look but would lean more towards the ceramic as apersonal preference!

  36. Rhian Westbury
    October 11, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Stunning pieces of mosaic artwork, I think ceramic mosaics are my favourites x

  37. Melissa Cushing
    October 11, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    I am for sure a fan of the glass mosaics although they are both beautiful looks. I some instances I like the ceramic mosaics more. It is a tough choice as they are all works of art!

  38. Gervin Khan
    October 12, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Oh my goodness! Everything is so beautiful! I am pretty sure this will add more beauty to your living room once you have it.

  39. Katherine Fox
    October 12, 2021 at 11:09 am

    I love the way light hits the glass and it’s so perfect for decorating in a house like mine where the ceilings are pretty low. You shared some amazing pieces, too! Those last two are just stunning.

  40. rachel
    October 12, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    These are absolutely STUNNING. I’m a big fan of both.

  41. Luci W.
    October 12, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    I wish I could say learning about the difference between glass and ceramic mosaic would make choosing any easier – but once I looked closely, I realized I kept favoring some from both. Ultimately, it comes down to the actual image for me, I guess.

  42. Unta
    October 14, 2021 at 3:35 am

    I prefer glass tiles too. The lights on them plays big roll.

  43. Laura Schwormstedt
    October 14, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Oh wow I wouldn’t be able to decide as I think they both product beautiful results – I would love either option in my home

    Laura x

    October 14, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    I think both of the tile options are great. There are so many different design options to choose from.

  45. amber
    October 14, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    I love your intros! LOL. Very interesting mosaic tiles are one material I haven’t worked with in my crafting adventures so very good information to have.

  46. Emily Michelle Fata
    October 18, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Such stunning colours here! I’d love to have these in my own home.

  47. Wendy
    November 11, 2021 at 7:15 am

    i think i like the glass mosaic more! mas solid ang colors! but both of it are so beautiful!