One of our favorites!

handsculpted, carved, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake

Our signature Dahlia is featured in this penthouse apartment We worked closely with Cravotta Interiors (Austin, TX) to create this custom, hand sculpted, ceramic tile mural for the entry of a penthouse in the Four Seasons Residences in Austin, Texas. The Dahlia mural is comprised of 14″ x 14″ tiles, carved in our unique, gestural style. The vibrant, Persian Red glaze contrasts with the darker, slip underneath to accent the free-flowing design. The designer had the tiles grouted in place as a backdrop for a sitting area.  We just love it when designers feature art in unexpected places! Thanks Cravotta Interiors! You can read more about this project here.          

More tiles for Hawaiian residence

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake

We created these five triptychs for a residence in Hawaii. The murals reflect Hawaiian flowers: orchid, plumeria, bird of paradise, heliconia and hibiscus.    

New Mural

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall and backsplash tiles by Natalie Blake

This piece was commissioned by Corporate Art Group, East Greenwich, RI for a residential installation. This image shows the tiles drying before they get bisque-fired. The client chose Adobe, Yellow, Teal and Turquoise for the colors. These glazes were sprayed onto the tiles so that the colors flow from tile to tile, as in the image below:   The final piece:    

Poolside Installation

handmade, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake Studios

A homeowner in Hill Country, Texas contacted us this spring. He was looking for decorative accent tiles to grout into a stone wall that surrounds his pool.  He had heard about our work from his pool salesman. He looked through our Tile Catalogue and picked these tiles. According to the homeowner, “the designs we saw on the website were just what we were seeking…perfect colors, suitably artistic and subtle.  A great complement for our stone.” However, he wanted the tiles to be bigger: “Customer service was excellent beginning to end.  The tiles shown on the website were 12″ squares which were a bit small for the size of the wall.  A quick call to Ellen and the problem was solved … she informed us that they could be made in 14″ squares.  Moreover, she helped us understand the exterior mounting options and procedure.”     Here is the image of his pool, showing two of the tiles, grouted into the stone wall.     There are two tiles in this picture, one on either side of the waterfall.   I asked him how he likes the final product. Here’s what he said: “The tiles are beautiful!  They really add just… Read More »

New Residential Installation

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Our latest Tree of Life mural was recently installed in a residence in Florida.  Each tile was sprayed with two glazes to add richness to the colors. Thanks to John and Mavis, owners ofAvalon Gallery, Delray Beach, FL, for their assistance with this project!  

Residential mural installed

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

Here’s our most recent residential installation.  You can read about the design process for this mural here.     Here’s what the homeowner had to say “I want you to know that I am totally happy with them! I just love the impact they have on the room, and my husband likes them just as much. They add so much texture and color. They have the movement and feeling that I was looking for; I couldn’t be happier.  Thanks again for taking the time to meet with Nancy and me.  You were very helpful as I tried to articulate my preferences.  The end result is absolutely stunning!”  Kathy, homeowner

Vine mural completed

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An art consultant contacted us this winter, asking for help in designing a tile mural for a residential installation. The art consultant sent us images of the client’s living room to give us an idea of style and color.     The client liked the idea of a botanical design.  We sketched the following design and the client loved it: We proposed a mural of 9, 12″ square tiles to fill the wall leading into the space.  The client worked with her interior designer, taping paper cut-outs on the wall to determine spacing. Here’s what they initially came up with. We made a counter proposal which the client really liked.  We glazed the piece in honey, jade, and cashew.  Here’s the finished piece:   Here’s the piece installed in the space.        

More images of the Hawaii installation

Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic wall art tile

We just received more images of our tiles installed at the Hawaii residence. We made murals and name plates for guest suites at a residence in Hawaii. See our earlier posts on this project.   These latest murals are glazed in  russet, persimmon, jade and turquoise.  Click here to see closeups of each of these murals.            

More murals for Hawaii

Handmade, ceramic wall tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

    We’re created four more tile murals for the residence in Hawaii that we blogged about in December. These four murals will adorn the walls outside of guest rooms on the property.  The mural designs reflect the flora of the area and are glazed in adobe, turquoise, persimmon and jade.            

Mural hangs in Hawaii

Ceramic Wall Art Tile, Outdoor Art

This piece, called Mauna Kea, is installed on a stone wall in a garden at a Hawaiian residence.  Natalie met the clients at the Philadelphia Museum Show.  They saw her work and commissioned a mural to decorate this wall, which blocked their view of the volcano, Mauna Kea (side note: it’s the highest point on the island of Hawaii).  They wanted a piece that would “show” them the volcano. Natalie embellished the design with flora from the island, including the wild ginger plant. Natalie’s fiance, Nick, installed the piece.  His meticulousness ensured that the tiles are straight and inline with each other–not an easy task on an irregularly-shaped, stone wall. Here’s what the client says about the piece: “Your work just keeps on amazing us.  We love our volcano, especially during the evening when the setting sun lights it. I also love the face that inadvertently showed up in the clouds to blow the wind.  Absolutely genius.”