Handmade Tile

This design is about 15 years old, but it never made it on the this website or into production until now. After sculpting it and making a mold back in 2004 or 2005, I set it aside and forgot about it. When I rediscovered the mold, I decided I like the design and wanted to add it to my line, but was at a loss as to what I should call it. I sought help on the Emu Tile Instagram page and got two suggestions: "delicate flowers" and "dainty floret," which I combined to make the name, "delicate floret." (Thanks,...

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I am ready to start taking orders for field tiles again! It sounds like Ohio and Pennsylvania (where my clay comes from) are going to begin to gradually re-open non-essential businesses beginning early next month. After talking to my clay supplier, as well as THEIR clay supplier, I am feeling confident that I will not run out of clay and therefore have added plain field tiles back to the online store.  Don't forget that field tiles are made to order! Small orders often ship in a month or less. Large orders may take longer! If you have any questions, please...

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Usually I avoid talking about current events here, but the arrival of COVID-19 isn't just any event. It is THE event. Practically the only topic of discussion right now. So I feel I have to give an update about how it is affecting my business. Governor Mike DeWine issued a "stay at home" order for the entire state of Ohio which went into effect at 11:59 last night. It requires all nonessential businesses to close for at least 2 weeks. Though ceramic art falls squarely in the nonessential category, Emu Tile is exempt because it is a home based business with...

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My snail and frog tiles aren't usually oriented on the diagonal. For this special request, I modified them once they were out of their molds by cutting off the corners and reattaching them to make a diamond shape. (I promise I usually don't cut corners!) Only about a week after I sent these tiles out, I received these beautiful installation pictures in my inbox: I love the contrast between the black slate field tiles and white cupboards and feature tiles. The lighting in this room must be amazingly good, because these pictures really bring out the detail in the white feature...

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These tiles would have gone out in yesterday's mail if it weren't for the holiday. I never fail to forget that the post office is closed on President's day! Instead they are going out this morning.  This beaver tile is newish. It was added to the catalog about 10 months ago, but I never properly introduced it, so I am featuring it here now. It is shown above in the 4"x4" size and a special glaze called copper wash. Not a typical glaze for me, but indigenous wanted something a little different! All the tiles in this batch are glazed...

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I had never heard of a snow day until one morning in January of 1986, when I was in first grade. My mom woke me up to tell me that there was no school because of the snow. My little mind was blown! Even though I genuinely loved school, the idea of a spontaneous day off because of the weather seemed like the most magically wondrous thing imaginable. Mom was a teacher, so happily she had the day off as well. She bundled my brother and me up, and we walked through knee-deep snow to the corner book store where...

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This design was suggested to me years ago by the inimitable Liz Burgess, owner of Ginkgo gallery and Studio. Sometimes it takes me a while to get around to new tile requests! Since I was making a "heart in hand" tile for Valentine's day,  I figured it was time for me to make a healing hand as well. I traced my own hands to make both of these little 2"x2" tiles.  The "heart in hand" is coming soon to the online store, the "healing hand" is already there: Next time I am in Oberlin I will definitely stock up Ginko Gallery with a good number...

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After years of making my ginkgo tree design as a four inch tile, I finally sized it up to six inches by six inches. It took me a long time to re-sculpt it, but I am glad I did.  The mold turned out great, and now I can reproduce the design again and again. Here are the new and old versions, side by side: Of course I will continue to make the four inch version as well. Now that I can finally make four different six inch tree designs, I decided to combine all four to make a set. The new set...

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