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Studio Improvements

This may not look like much to you...

handmade tile studio glazing and packing area

...but to me it looks like Christmas, my birthday, and the Fourth of July all rolled into one. I am so happy that my studio is back together and I am making tiles again. Thanks to a lot of hard work, the studio is cleaner and better organized than ever before. The workspace pictured above doubles as my glazing and packing area. The next picture was taken from the exact same spot, but with the camera pointed in a different direction.  

Summer Break Ends

Happy first day of September! We have re-opened our online store and you are welcome to place an order. In the interest of full disclosure, we aren't quite finished putting the studio back together. It is still a bit completely empty.

freshly stained basement floor

A Baby Buffalo

It isn't really a baby, it is just very small. And it is actually a bison, if you want to get technical. But since I made him on request from the Graycliff Estate, which is located just outside Buffalo, New York, I am calling him a buffalo:

handmade buffalo or bison tile in progress photo

As soon as Darrell and I get my studio put back together I will make a mold of this little guy. The studio should be ready for me to resume production one week from today, on September 1st, as planned. We will re-open the online store by 11:59pm on August 31st.

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...