Autumn's Swan Song

I have been using autumn glaze for almost 20 years and I love the warmth and richness it brings to a space, as well as how it harmonizes with wood and other natural materials. This kitchen is a great example of that!

kitchen backsplash featuring handmade tiles

The backsplash was installed by the homeowner's daughter and I am impressed by what a good job she did. It turned out great and autumn glaze was the perfect choice for this setting. Good thing she ordered when she did, because  soon autumn glaze that looks like this will no longer be available. Supply chain issues forced my clay supplier to change the formulation of my clay, and autumn looks completely different on the new clay:

Autumn glaze sample before and after new clay

As you can see, the difference is so drastic that even if I were to keep offering it, I would still have to delete all the old pictures of autumn glaze from my product pages and probably re-name it as well to avoid confusion. Since it is going to be a lot of work either way, I am planning to "audition" some new brown glazes to see if I can find something I like as well as the old version. I don't expect to find something exactly the same, but I hope to find something with a similar warmth and richness.

handmade animal tiles in a brown glaze

Feels a bit like saying goodbye to an old friend, but it is nice to know that it will live on all the many tile installations that have gone in over the years. Big thanks to D.G. and her awesome daughter for installing some of the last ever autumn tiles and for taking the time to send photos. And thanks to everyone else who has ordered this glaze over the years. I am going to hold back a little bit of the old clay and glaze in case anyone needs to match tiles from a previous order, but that will be by special request only and once that runs out I will not be able to make tiles that look like this anymore. It turns out they were limited edition all along and I didn't even realize it. C’est la vie!

Ceramic Handmade Tile Installations, Decorative Ceramic Wall Tile, Kitchen Tiles Ideas - , Emily Margaret Ulm


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