This winter a homeowner contacted Natalie and commissioned a tile mural for her new home.
The homeowner requested a piece that would include rolling hills, and a mountain with a swirling current river with a full moon. She wanted the light to sparkle on the water and suggested that a bat would be in the piece, as well as bamboo on the river bank. With that direction Natalie went to work sketching. Here is Natalie’s first sketch:
Initial Sketch for Tile Mural
The client loved the sketch and asked Natalie what colors she was thinking of. By then Natalie had put her thoughts down on clay and had carved the piece. She used Photoshop to overlay her color ideas onto the piece. Photoshop is a useful tool in our design process. It allows clients to get an idea of where the glazes will go on the piece. However Photoshop does not always give an accurate representation of our glaze colors. We sent the client color chips to show her the actual colors. Natalie suggested jade, honey and cashew as colors.
Here is the Photoshopped image of the piece:
Color sketch for tile mural
Unfortunately, a few of the tiles cracked in the firing process but in remaking the piece, Natalie came up with an improved design. The client also requested that the Chinese symbol for destiny be incorporated into the design. Here is the new piece, carved and not yet fired. Can you find the symbol?
Chinese symbol for destiny
carved tile mural
Stay tuned for the next update on this piece!