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Fletcher Allen Hospital tile mural in process

Natalie Blake studios creating commercial wall tile mural

This spring Natalie Blake Studios responded to a request for proposals from Burlington City Arts in Burlington, VT, for artwork for the main interior feature wall in the new Radiation Oncology Department of the Fletcher Allen hospital.

In April we were notified that our proposal was selected. We will be installing 2, 7-tile murals depicting tree canopies.

Here is a picture of the forms over which the clay tiles were laid before carving.  These forms  provide the undulation of the tiles.  You can imagine a tree with its branches flowing from left to right:

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Here is a section of one of the carved murals, before it has been bisque fired:

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Carved Tree of Life wall tile piece

And here is a closeup of one of the carved ceramic wall tiles:

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closeup of carved, ceramic wall tile

Follow up to Natalie Speaking Locally

On May 16, 2010, Natalie gave a presentation titled “Making it in the Arts” at the Brattleboro Museum.  During her presentation she spoke about making her ceramic wall tiles and  vessels and maintaining a successful ceramics business.

Her good friend, Suzanne Kingsbury, who is a fabulous writer, blogged about Natalie’s presentation.  It is posted on Suzanne’s blog:


Natalie to Speak Locally




Press Release:

“Making it in the Arts” series kicks off May 16

How does one make a living and a career in the arts?  What affect does commercial success have on artistic growth? What are the assets and challenges of working as an artist in the Brattleboro area?

These are some of the questions to be explored at the first public artist potluck and forum hosted by Brattleboro-West Arts, Sunday, May 16 from 5:30-8:00 pm at the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center.

Ceramicist Natalie Blake will share her story as a successful Brattleboro based artist. Information about her work and business is available at  General discussion will follow.

Artists and all interested in the topic are invited to bring food for a potluck starting at 5:30.  Potluckers should also bring their own plates and utensils.  The program and discussion will begin at 6:30.  Donations will be accepted to help pay for the space.

Brattleboro-West Arts is a diverse group of artists and craftsmen living and working west of Brattleboro along the Whetstone watershed The association is dedicated to improving the commercial and artistic success of its members.  BWA considers the arts to include not only the traditional visual, sculptural and performing arts, but also writing, landscape arts, and fine foods

For more information contact Doug Cox at or 257-1024

Natalie receives Award of Excellence!

Natalie received a 2010 Award of Excellence from the American Craft Council at The American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, February 25-28. Eight talented artists were selected from more than 700 of the nation’s leading contemporary craft artists to receive this honor. Six awards were presented to artists whose overall body of exhibited work demonstrated the best understanding or interpretation of the elements of art and design, a mastery of materials and techniques, imagination, inventiveness and individuality, and aesthetic consistency. Additionally, two awards were bestowed for “Best Booth Design,” which emphasized excellence in the relationship between the artist’s work and their booth designs and displays.

Here’s what the ACC had to say: “Our second Award of Excellence was given to Natalie Blake, a ceramic artist who creates beautifully embellished vessel forms and sculptural wall tiles. Josephine and Jane both appreciated the cohesive nature of Natalie’s designs, in which she carves the sinuous lines of trees and underwater plants into the clay and highlights them in black on brightly colored vessels and 3-D wall works. The jurors also appreciated the modular nature of Natalie’s wall tiles, which can be purchased individually or as groups, allowing a collector to build up a substantial installation over time.”

Jane Milosch, curator for contemporary craft and decorative arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Renwick Gallery); and Josephine Shea, curator of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford Hours, a historic house museum outside of Detroit, served as jurors for the 2009 Awards of Excellence at the 33rd annual Baltimore show.

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Quick response to a request for tiles

Ceramic Wall Tiles for Hospital Installation

We had a call the other day from an art consultant who was looking for tiles for a  hospital project she’s involved in.  We put together the grouping below from tiles we had in stock and were able to ship them to her within a week.  They are 14″ x 14″ tiles with a backing that will hold her security fixtures.  Click on the image to enlarge.

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American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD

Natalie will be exhibiting and selling her work at the ACC Retail Show in Baltimore, MD, February 25-28, 2010.  The show, held at the Baltimore Convention Center, is the largest juried, indoor craft show in the country.  More than 700 of the country’s leading craft artists will exhibit their work at the show.  Visit Natalie’s booth, #726.

For more information on the show, go to:

Natalie’s Booth

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Thanks to our galleries

Thanks to two of our galleries, Avalon Gallery and Seasons on St. Croix, for joining us in a cooperative ad, published in the latest issue of American Craft magazine. John and Mavis, co-owners of Avalon Gallery in Delray Beach, FL have carried Natalie’s work for years and are great friends. They were named a 2009 Top Retailer by NICHE magazine. Visit their website at:

Seasons on St. Croix, Hudson, WI, is another great gallery, carrying the work of more than 160 local, regional and national artists. Visit their website at:

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All size tiles

Unalun tiles don’t just come in 12″ and 14″ square.  Check out these smaller, 5.5″ w x 7″ h tiles glazed in honey, and the 6″ x 6″ jade tiles below. They make a perfect grouping for a smaller wall space.  You can contact the studio to commission a piece with smaller tiles. Or go to the Natalie Blake Studios website to buy smaller tiles from the website.

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