Nestled on California’s Central Coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco, NS Ceramic has been a premiere tile source for architects, interior designers, building contractors and homeowners for nearly three decades. Since its creation, NS Ceramic has grown into the community’s most respected resource for authentic Spanish Revival, Italian, Arts and Crafts and mosaic tiles. Nola Stucky, founder and CEO of NS Ceramic, is a fourth generation native of Santa Barbara and has a profound love for the area and its history. Her extensive knowledge of architectural styles, aesthetics, and materials allows her to personally select and offer the highest quality ceramic, stone, metal, and glass tiles for the increasingly diverse architecture of Santa Barbara and its surrounding areas.
NS Ceramic has been awarded numerous Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards and was voted “Best in Santa Barbara” by the United States Commerce Association. Designs and materials provided by NS Ceramic have appeared in Casa Romantica by Diane Keaton; Dream Homes: Coastal California and Perspectives on Design California by Brian Carabet and John Shand; Tiles, Choosing, Designing and Living with Ceramic Tile by Olivia Bell Buehl; and Tile by Jill Hebers. NS Ceramic’s work has also been featured in local and national interior design magazines such as Architectural Digest, Santa Barbara Magazine, Santa Barbara Seasons, Luxe Magazine, and 805 Living Magazine.
In the Community
Nola's deep commitment to the area’s visual culture has lead NS Ceramic to become involved with the restoration and improvement of a number of the city’s most beloved architectural treasures. Among these local landmarks where NS Ceramic has consulted on restoration and donated tile are the Santa Barbara Courthouse Hall of Records, Spirit of the Ocean Fountain, and Clock tower, Marjorie Luke Theater, Lobero Theater, Franklin Elementary School, Roosevelt Elementary School, Peabody Charter School, Washington Elementary School, Santa Barbara Junior High School, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA) Building. Nola also acts as an advisor to the docents of Casa del Herrero and Lotusland regarding the important legacies of handmade art tiles.
Nola Stucky has sat on the board of directors for the Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation and holds memberships in the Tile Heritage Foundation, National Association of Professional Women, Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau, Santa Barbara Historical Society, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Carpinteria Historical Society. She is also listed in the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who.
NS Ceramic takes pride in supporting many local non-profit organizations including CASA, CALM, Food Bank of Santa Barbara, Domestic Violence Solutions, Storyteller, Pearl Chase Society, Hospice of Santa Barbara, Wildlife Care Network, Santa Barbara Beautiful, Livingston Memorial VNA, Art from Scrap, Habitat for Humanity, and the I Madonnari Children’s Creative Art Project .