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A Lovely Slate Kitchen

A variety of 4"x4" plant tiles in the Autumn glaze are featured in this smart kitchen. They are set among 6"x6" slate field tiles, which have been cleverly set on the diagonal. This layout is a great way to mix tiles of different sizes. I love how the diamond pattern is repeated in the embossed metal panel over the range.

handmade tiles set among slate tiles on the diagonal

Two Pairs of Herons

The installation pictures just keep coming! Within the last few days, I received two different sets of pictures of installed 4"x8" "Heron" tiles in Autumn glaze, so I decided to post sets at the same time. The first two photos feature a wet bar:

handmade tiles behind a wetbar

The herons face each other in a field of white 2"x4" tiles. There are also three smaller 2"x2" feature tiles in autumn glaze that help to define the space. The homeowners designed and constructed this sweet little nook themselves. They even built these enviable cabinets:

Getting Unstuck

Even though I absolutely adore my job, maybe I should try to take time off more than once every 3 and a half years. I am starting to think that there is some truth to the idea that taking vacation can actually improve productivity.  

I finished sending out the last of my Summer 2016 orders out yesterday at 4:30, officially beginning my longest closure ever. I am taking a six and a half week break from firing the kilns. It has been less than 24 hours since I finished, and it still feels weird. I keep thinking that I am forgetting to do something really important. But I am also starting to feel energized! I was able to finish sculpting a cat tile that had been sitting on my desk, half finished, for 2 years and 10 months. It suddenly seemed really easy to do. 

handmade cat tile

Autumn Hearth

I can barely believe how far behind I am with posting customer installation photos! I am sitting on dozens of photos of beautiful installations that I have received over the last year or more. Why haven't I been posting them? Who knows! Mostly I have just been really busy making tiles. But I realize that since so many of my wonderful customers have taken the time to send pictures, the I really need to make the time to post them. One of my many goals for summer break is to catch up on posting installation pictures. Or, if I don't catch up completely, I can at least make some progress...

With so many lovely pictures in my inbox, it hard to know where to begin. How about with a couple of pictures I received last month?

handmade tile hearth installation in living room

Summer Break Begins

Emu Tile LLC is taking our first ever summer break. We are *not* accepting new orders through the end of August. If you have already placed an order, don't worry, I am working on it! All outstanding orders will ship in July, then production will cease completely until September 1st so Darrell and I can do some important studio maintenance and enjoy the season. 

Emu Tiles will still be available at a number of bricks and mortar galleries during the break. You may want to call galleries before visiting to verify inventory.

Thank you all so much for your support! You are the best. Have a fantastic summer :-)

Emily Margaret Ulm

handmade tile tree design golden glaze

​6"x6" Tree of Life tile in Honey Glaze

Summer Break Schedule

If you are planning a tile installation this summer, please place your order on or before June 30th. Orders received by the end of June will ship in July, and then we will be closed for business until September 1st. Darrell and I have decided the time has come to take a break from production to do some important studio mantinance, and also enjoy the season.  If you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you for your support. Have a great summer!

handmade ocean creature tiles blue glaze

Here are some beachy tiles to put you in a summery mood.


artTILE 2016

I am thrilled and honored to once again be a part of indigenous gallery's annual artTILE invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over 30 tile artists will be featured in this years' show, which runs from April 30th- June 12th.

artTILE 2016 postcard indigenous gallery cincinnati ohio

This year I submitted a lot of gray tiles! Here is a sneak peek of the kiln being unloaded...

Please Help me Help Elephants!

UPDATE 12/3/2015  The last elephant tile I had in stock has sold! THANK YOU to everyone who purchased one of the inital 10 tiles! You can still order a tile now, but it will be made to order and the amount of donation will now be $4 per tile to Big Life. Thank you so much for your support!

If you have ever wanted to order a tile from me, please make it one of these! I designed this elephant tile as a way to raise funds to help protect wild elephants. For the first 10 that sell, I will donate 100% of the purchase price ($18 per tile) to the "Big Life Foundation", an elephant aid organization working to preserve the wildlife of East Africa. 

handmade tile fundraiser for the Big Life Foundation

This is a cause that is very close to my heart; it would mean a lot to me if you participate! Let's do something to try to prevent the extinction of these highly intelligent, socially sophisticated creatures.

Goodbye, Pistachio. Hello, Gray!

I am sorry to say, one of my favorite glazes has been discontinued by the manufacturer. I still have close to a gallon of "Pistachio" glaze in the studio, but from now on I cannot get any more. For obvious reasons, we are taking it off the website as a standard glaze option. If you want a small order in Pistachio, I can probably accommodate you. A big order, not so much. The good news is, we are replacing Pistachio with a lovely new "Gray" glaze, which I have big plans for!

handmade tile gray glaze

It is pictured above on my new, 4"x4" Diagonal Tree of Life tile. And here it is on some 2"x2" Owl tiles (alongside some spirals in Celadon glaze):

Dancing Eye Gallery in Northville, Michigan

Today is the first day that Emu Tile will be available for sale at "Dancing Eye Gallery," a 20 year old art gallery located in Northville, Michigan.  Northville is a cute, walkable town approximately halfway between two cites known for handmade tiles, Detroit and Ann Arbor.  I am thrilled that my work is now being shown in the home region of both Pewabic and Motawi handmade tile companies.

dancing eye gallery northville, michigan

(photo courtesy of DancingEye.com)

The first batch of tiles I sent are mostly in the blue color range, with just a few white tiles.  Here are some of the 4"x4" size: