Handmade Tile

A couple of different people requested that I make the dandelion design in a size smaller than 6"x6", so I re-sculpted it as a 4"x4" tile and made a mold: The first few tiles are out of the kiln and I am very pleased with how they turned out. Here is how it looks in gray glaze: And here the same tile alongside its twin, amid matching field tiles: The new four inch version has been added to the online store. And, of course, the six inch version is still available as well. If you do decide to purchase one,...

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Two new tile sets have been added to the online store. Both are customer-requested variations on this popular set:  (the 6"x6" Tree of Life with 1" border) The first variation is just a slightly smaller version of the original. Here is the smaller version with my hand in the frame for size reference: (The 4"x4" Tree of Life with 1" border) The original version is approximately eight inches by eight inches total, while the smaller version is only six inches by six inches, not including grout joints. The next variation is a little more daring, as it turns the 6"x6"...

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This was a big project last summer, and my wonderful client sent fabulous photos as soon as her bathroom was complete in August. I simply cannot live with myself any longer if I don't post them now! As you can see, this remodel created a dramatic transformation: This serene bathroom is located in a lovely cabin which is surrounded by nature on all sides. The homeowner selected plant and animal tiles which reflect the surrounding environment, which meant she ordered one of practically everything in my entire catalog of 4"x4" plant and animal tiles: The feature tiles were interspersed among...

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It is hard to believe that I have been participating in indigenous gallery's annual artTILE show for a whole decade! And it is even harder to believe that this year's show is going to be the last one. But all good things must end, so if you have been meaning to check out artTILE, this will be your last chance! It is a huge honor for me to have had work in all ten shows. I am sad to see this end, but I am also really looking forward to the grand finale. So many amazing tile artists take part...

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About 10 years ago, my work used to be shown at the "Log Cabin Gallery" in Peninsula, Ohio. The Log Cabin is a small art gallery/ gift shop that hosts seasonal shows, complete with festive art openings for every event. Participating artists attend the openings and help staff the gallery on weekends. It was a great experience for me at the time, but as my business grew, I could no longer afford the time commitment involved in being a Log Cabin artist. That made me sad, because Peninsula is a neat town with a surprising amount of art for its...

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As I mentioned in my last blog post, I recently remade some of my sea creatures in the 3"x3" size by request. It was not a small undertaking; I had to re-sculpt my old designs one by one, and then pour seven new plaster molds. The whole project was fairly time consuming. Here is a photo of part of the sculpting process: After I was satisfied with how they looked, I made molds of them. Making molds is always a bit stressful, because the original is usually destroyed in the mold making process. Fortunately, all the molds turned out great,...

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2019 has been busy so far. I have been making lots of tiles and getting lots of special requests, both for new designs, and for resized versions of my existing designs. Usually when I am busy I say no to these types of requests because it takes quite a bit of time to sculpt a design and pour a new mold, but this year I am trying to push myself to say "yes" more often, because it makes my customers happy, and is good for the business when I expand my line. It is not always possible, but when I...

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The heron collection keeps growing because the heron tiles keep shrinking! The original tile (the 4"x8" heron facing left, which has been in production since April 2011) is pictured above next to one of my newest tiles, an adorably tiny 2"x4" interpretation of the same design. I must admit that I am somewhat smitten with this half-size version.  Like all of my heron tiles, this new version is available facing either right or left, or as a set of two tiles facing each other.  Now herons are available in small (2"x4") medium (3"x6) and large (4"x8"). You can see the...

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