Beautiful installations

These 14″ x 14″ sculptural, ceramic art tiles were installed at the Stonebridge Country Club, Boca Raton, FL in 2009.  They’ve been one of our most popular installations with their rich, persimmon glaze and abstract designs.  A designer from Florida recently came by the studio and said that she’d seen this piece in “her” country club and  now wants to order an abstract design for one of her residential clients.

 

Handmade, sgraffito-carved ceramic tile by Natalie Blake

42″ x 42″, Stonebridge Country Club, Boca Raton, FL, 2009

 

Another great installation: 18″ x 18″ abstract blue tiles. The carving lines and ripples in the tiles complement the ripples in the water.

handmade, ceramic wall art by Natalie Blake

Blue Ripples, 72″ x 126″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tile Wall Art That “Pops” at Fireworks Restaurant

When Fireworks Restaurant in Brattleboro, Vermont, was putting on the finishing touches before opening four years ago, owner Matt Blau invited us to install some of our ceramic tile art in the restaurant. He said, “Do whatever you want. You tell me what you think would look good.”

After those magic words, we brought some ceramic wall art tiles that we had in stock to the Brattleboro restaurant and began looking at color and design. Our rich glazes worked really well against the wall colors and our designs seemed to fit naturally with the other design elements in the space.  Almost on their own, these two ceramic tile murals found their home on the painted walls. The persimmon-colored abstracted tree, hung on the diagonal, added the perfect “fiery” entrance greeting to make the customer feel at home in the warm, vibrant surroundings and ready for good food.  The mural is set for the perfect feng shui to provide a sense of invitation and arrival.

Ceramic Wall Art as Restaurant Art, Natalie Blake Studios

The turquoise and burnt oak glazes on the long two-tier “window” of tiles absolutely popped over the rich dark purple black hues of Benjamin Moore’s paint color “Tulsa Twilight 2070-10“. We decided on a simple and straightforward presentation of the tiles that sit over the side bar. They present almost like a transom window at slightly higher than eye level to add sophistication and elegance.

Vermont Tile Wall Art in Restaurant, Handmade Ceramic by Natalie Blake Studios

Vermont Tile Wall Art in Restaurant, Handmade Ceramic by Natalie Blake Studios

On a recent visit to the restaurant Natalie received the following list of patron’s quotes about the art tiles from the manager:

“Love the texture and color!”

“They are decorative, yet finely crafted.”

“Love the botanical elements.”

“Understated elegance.”

“Love that the artist is local.”

We love working with local businesses, and our wall art tiles are also installed in the second Fireworks Restaurant in Keene, NH.  Not only are the businesses, and their owners, our friends, but we have the pleasure of seeing the art transform a space whenever we explore Brattleboro.

Placing our art in restaurants and doing an installation like this is so much fun for us. It’s always a pleasure to find a blank slate, so to speak, to get creative, to work with the client, and to complement existing design elements from the space.  It really gets our creative juices flowing!

Tree of Life installed in women’s crisis center

This piece was recently installed at SafeNet Services, a women’s crisis center in Tulsa, OK.  The piece was commissioned by Art Collections, Inc. in Tulsa.

 

The piece measures 54″ w x 108″ h.  It is glazed in cashew, pumpkin, adobe, honey, moss, medium jade and bark.

 

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life, handmade, ceramic wall art tile

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

 

 

Tree of Life for Pizza Restaurant

Lovely Mural for Texas Restaurant

This piece will be installed in the Cedars Woodfire Grill pizza restaurant in Frisco, TX. We made a similar mural for their Plano, TX location.  Stay tuned for installation shots in the next month.

A mural like this is a soothing presence in a restaurant where the atmosphere can seem hustle-bustle, yet the aim is for calm and relaxing. I guess that’s why our Tree of Life is installed in so many hospital settings.

 

 

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life

Botanical, glazed in creme

This mural, 48″ x 48″, glazed in creme, was commissioned by Skyline Art Services for a children’s waiting room for Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX.  They chose the piece for its soothing, feminine nature.  The subtle, creme color balanced well with the other artwork in the area.  Because it’s in a children’s waiting area, the client requested that the tiles be less undulated than typical because they didn’t want any little hands poking their way behind the tiles.  The mural is the only dimensional piece in the area

 

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Botanical, glazed in cream

 

New Installation of Ceramic Art Discs

 

These ceramic wall discs were commissioned by Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, NH for an outpatient surgery center north of Boston, MA.

We worked with the art consultant to choose tile sizes and colors, using her direction on design and layout.

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall discs by Natalie Blake

Ceramic wall discs

 

Here’s a closeup of one of the discs:

Ceramic wall disc by Natalie Blake Studios

Ceramic wall disc by Natalie Blake Studios

 

Click on the image to watch a short video of our process:

 

Making ceramic wall art by Natalie Blake Studios

Making ceramic wall art by Natalie Blake Studios

New Healthcare Installation

Thanks to Barbara Markoff, corporate art consultant, Artrageous! San Diego, CA for these photos. She commissioned these wall tiles for a waiting area in a hospital.  We worked closed with Barbara to get the right designs and colors for the space.  Each mural is 48″ wide x 24″ high.

 

 

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Natalie Blake tiles installed in hospital waiting room, Artrageous! San Diego, CA

 

 

 

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

 

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Botanical

 

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Botanical

 

 

 

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Botanical

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three beautiful abstract murals

These three murals were commissioned by an art consultant for a hospital installation.  The tiles are each 12″ x 12″.

The glazes she chose are: Moss, Apricot, Honey, Blue, Turquoise, Cashew

 

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tile by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tile by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tile by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tile by Natalie Blake Studios

 

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tile by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tile by Natalie Blake Studios

New piece for healthcare installation

This piece was commissioned for a hospital lobby. The piece measures 36″ wide by 24″ high.  It is glazed in Robin’s Egg, Jade, and Honey, with a touch of Adobe on the center of the flower.

 

We think it would also make a beautiful backsplash!

 

handmade, ceramic wall art and backsplash tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Botanical abstract, 12" tiles

New Tree of Life Mural

This piece was commissioned by Skyline Art Services, Houston, TX for Fort Belvoire army hospital, outside of Washington, DC.

 

The piece measures 53″ w x 80″ h and is glazed in adobe, honey, persimmon, blue, jade and turquoise

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall art tile

Tree of Life

 

Installation Shot

Thanks to Barbara Markoff for this installation shot.  Barbara is an art consultant with Artrageous! out of San Diego.  The 8 tiles were installed on a 72″ recessed circular area in a wall off the elevator at Methodist Hospital of Southern CA, Arcadia, CA

Barbara’s quote: “Thanks again for the beautifully executed tiles.”

 

 

 

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tiles

Wave, installed

 

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tiles

Wave, 12" tiles

45-tile Tree of Life, Fountaindale Public Library

New Tree of Life mural installed

This piece was commissioned by Corporate Artworks, Arlington Heights, IL, for installation at the new Fountaindale Public Library in Boilingbrook, Illinois. The tiles are 14″ square.

Here’s what Corporate Artworks has to say:

“Fountaindale Public Library — Art Program — A HUGE SUCCESS!!!!! Thanks to all you amazing artists who created beautiful works of art!! I so appreciate working with such incredible talent as well as your high level of professionalism! THANK YOU for making my job that much more inspiring and fun. And thank you for the gift of beautiful art to a community who is more than thrilled to have such diverse creativity in their new library!



handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Fountaindale Public Library installation






handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life, Fountaindale Public Library installation






Tree of Life installed in restaurant in Texas


A restaurant owner in Texas recently commissioned our Tree of Life wall tile mural for their new pizza restaurant. We worked with them on finding the right size mural and the colors that would work best against the wall color they chose. We think it looks great!













Tree of Life, handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life, commercial installation









handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life








Natalie’s Ceramic Quilt

This 32-tile mural, named “Natalie’s Ceramic Quilt” by the client, will be installed in the Sourtheast Missouri Cancer Center in January.

The art program for the center will play an integral role in the patient experience.The artwork in the center will be “patient journey focused and will allow nature elements to be shared from the outside in and inside out,”  according to the art committee in charge of selecting the artwork.

 

We are pleased that Natalie’s work will be included in the Center’s art program.

 

Click on the image to enlarge it.

 

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Botanical