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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:

Gifts From the Heart of Nature 2015

Looking for a unique holiday shopping experience? If you live in northeast Ohio, consider visiting the Holden Arboretum during their annual holiday gift show and sale, "Gifts from the Heart of Nature," which runs from November 14th until January 3rd. It is a juried show that include only crafts that are locally made and feature natural themes and/ or materials. I am thrilled that my work will be featured in this year's show, along with the work of 28 other talented makers. 

photo courtesy of HoldenArb.org

Although the first full day of the show is Saturday, things kick off on Friday, November 13th with a preview party. Here is the official invite:

Two Ways to Get Framed Tiles

Frames are now available! If you would like to order a tile framed in a beautiful, Ohio-made, craftsman style oak frame, you can do it two different ways. First, we are now carrying these frames and have added them to our online shopping cart. If place an order though our website, you should be able to check box that adds a frame for an additional fee. Remember, if you order this way our normal lead time to make the tile will apply. 

handmade tile in an oak park frame made in ohio

A Bigger Butterfly

This butterfly design has been part of our line of handmade tiles for years, but only in the 2"x2" size.  We decided it was time to make it bigger! Now you can order it in the 4"x4" size as well. The larger version is shown here in the "spearmint" glaze:

I posted a picture of the sculpting process in a previous blog entry. Here are a couple of pictures of the mold making process...

handmade tile mold making process part one

Glaze Changes

The latest addition to our glaze collection is called "Honey," and we are very excited about it! It is a warm amber with brown highlights. We love how it brings out the details in the tiles. Here it is on the "Dahlia" and "Honey Bee" handmade tiles:

handmade tiles: flower and bee design, honey glaze

"Honey" is replacing the equally delicious sounding "Cinnamon" in our normal glaze lineup. "Cinnamon" is still available by special request, but the formulation has changed and it has gone from this.....

artTILE 2015

This is the 6th year that I have had the pleasure of participating in indigenous gallery's annual artTILE extravaganza in Cincinnati, Ohio. It has been a huge honor for me to have my work shown alongside some of the best handmade tile art in the US. Darrell and I drove down over the weekend and we were truly blown away by the quality and diversity of work. As a featured artist, I spent Saturday at the gallery, demonstrating my sculpting technique, meeting new people, and catching up with some of my Cincinnati friends and family. It was a fantastic weekend. 

handmade tile show at indigenous gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio 2015

I love the idea of being an "artist in action." That's me!