New Mural

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.

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life, carved, awaiting bisque firing

The piece will be glazed in Adobe, Yellow, Teal and Turquoise. These glazes will be sprayed onto the tiles so that the colors flow from tile to tile, as in the image below:

handmade, ceramic wall tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Teal and Yellow overspray

 

Poolside Installation

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.”

handmade, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake Studios

 

 

Here is the image of his pool, showing two of the tiles, grouted into the stone wall.

 

handmade, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Natalie Blake Studios’ handmade tile inlaid

Handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie

poolside installation of Natalie Blake Studio tile

 

There are two tiles in this picture, one on either side of the waterfall.

handmade, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake Studios

tile grouted into stone wall

 

I asked him how he likes the final product. Here’s what he said: “The tiles are beautiful!  They really add just the right accent to our pool.  Everyone, including our pool company president, who sees the pool is suitably impressed.  The tiles turned our Hill Country pool into an artistic statement.  We love it!”

New Residential Installation

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!

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life by Natalie Blake Studio

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

 

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Residential mural installed

Here’s our most recent residential installation.  You can read about the design process for this mural here.

 

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

Vine tile mural installed

 

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

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.

"Before" shot

We made a counter proposal which the client really liked.  We glazed the piece in honey, jade, and cashew.  Here’s the finished piece:

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

Vine, handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

 

Here’s the piece installed in the space.

 

Vine, handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Vine, installed

 

 

 

More images of the Hawaii installation

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.

 

 

Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic wall art tile

Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic wall art tile, residential installation

Natalie Blake Studios handmade ceramic wall art tile

Natalie Blake Studios handmade ceramic wall art tile installed in Hawaii

Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic wall art tile

Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic wall art tile, residential installation

 

Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic wall art tile, residential installation

Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic wall art tile, residential installation

 

 

 

More murals for Hawaii

 

 

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.

 

 

Handmade, ceramic wall tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Handmade, ceramic wall tiles

 

Handmade, ceramic wall tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Handmade, ceramic wall tiles, glazed in jade

 

Handmade, ceramic wall tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Handmade, ceramic wall tiles

 

Handmade, ceramic wall tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Handmade, ceramic wall tiles, glazed in turquoise

 

Mural hangs in Hawaii!

 

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.

 

Ceramic Wall Art Tile, Outdoor Art

handmade, ceramic wall  tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Ceramic Wall Tiles installed in Hawaii

New Work for residence in Hawaii

We were contacted in September by an interior designer in Hawaii who was interested in commissioning tile murals for the exterior of a client’s guest suites.

We sketched the designs and chose colors for each of the four guest suites (see below)

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Here are three of the four murals, carved and drying before bisque-firing.

 

 

Here is one of the finished murals, glazed in fern:

Handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Mural glazed in fern

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

This glaze is amethyst.

 

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

This glaze is yellow

 

The interior designer then commissioned name plaques to designate each guest suite.

Here’s the result:

Handmade, ceramic, name plaques by Natalie Blake Studios

Handmade, ceramic, name plaques by Natalie Blake Studios

 

Here are some installation shots of the murals:

 

custom ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

ceramic wall art tile

 

custom ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

custom ceramic wall art tile glazed in amethyst

 

custom ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

custom ceramic wall art tile glazed in blue

custom ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

custom ceramic wall art tile glazed in fern

 

Lake Geneva, WI installation

Natalie recently installed this mural at a residence on Lake Geneva, WI.

Here’s what Natalie had to say about the piece:

“This piece was inspired by Lake Geneva, which can be seen from the dining room and kitchen windows of this home in Wisconson.  The day I went to look at the walls I had been talking about with my client, the sun was warm and inviting, the water and sky blue with a lovely breeze. We sat out on the veranda and had breakfast and talked about wall art and the last few years of my adventures into wall sculpture and ceramic art tile. My client was inspired by the undulation in tile that gives the murals such life and motion. She liked the idea of her wall coming alive with a three dimensional hand carved rendition of her perfect view. We chose warm colors that came from the outdoors as well as colors in the wood, carpets, furnishings of her home.

The colors worked beautifully in the room! She had the perfect lighting already installed in the ceilings, that “scraped” the piece from top down to accentuate the undulation and texture in the handmade, handcarved, tiles.   Success!”

Handmade, custom, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Lake Geneva, Handmade, custom, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Lake Geneva, WI installation

Lake Geneva, WI installation

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Natalie and Nick installing tiles for a client

Natalie and Nick are in Iowa finishing up an installation of Natalie’s wall art tile for a residential client.  These are the shape tiles we blogged about in August.

 

Here’s what Natalie had to say about these tiles:

“This commission was made at the Des Moines Art Festival in 2009.  The client had been searching for some original art for her foyer. My fiance, Nick and I went to visit her home, and we learned that the family loved music. The client and her daughter also loved butterflies. I came away from their house trying to imagine a mural that would suit the space but not overwhelm it.   Nick suggested on our drive back to Vermont that I break out of the square and create a piece I had not done before. Over the course of the next two years, I worked on designs, and the client renovated a large part of her house, including the stair and foyer.

I created large ceramic tiles that were abstracted instruments that morphed into animated abstractions, and then into abstracted butterfly designs.

I call the piece, “Diapason Unfurling”

Diapason means:

diapason |ˌdīəˈpāzən; -sən|noun (also open diapason or stopped diapason ):  an organ stop sounding a main register of flue pipes, typically of eight-foot pitch.

• poetic/literary the entire compass, range, or scope of something.

• figurative a grand swelling burst of harmony.

The last line is the best description of this piece. It is the first piece in the unfurling of a completely new approach to ceramic tile wall sculpture!  I am very excited to create other pieces in this fluid, breaking-out-of-square method.

The saxophone piece measures 42″ tall and 40″ wide, to give a sense of scale. The two middle sized notes are approximately a foot in length.”

 

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tile

Natalie and Nick installing wall art tile for a client

 

 

handmade, ceramic wall tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Butterfly tiles, handmade, ceramic wall tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

 

handmade, shaped, ceramic wall tile

Butterfly: handmade, shaped, ceramic wall tile

 

 

 

handmade, ceramic wall tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, ceramic wall tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Natalie sent these pictures from the road in Iowa..

 

This is a blade of a windmill being transported down the highway.

Second new piece

This piece was commissioned by a client for her Florida home.  It is 36″ w x 60″ h, glazed in Cashew.

 

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

Miller installation, 2011

We took the liberty of Photoshopping the original image to show the piece glazed in our Dusk glaze.  We love it in both colors. We have 28 glazes to choose from!

 

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

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

Mountainscape mural to be installed in residence

This lovely mural will be installed in a residence in Boulder, CO.

Mountainscape, ceramic wall art tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Mountainscape, ceramic wall art tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

 

The interior designer working with these homeowners emailed us a picture of the space where the mural would be hung–a well-lit stairwell–lots of natural lighting.  The homeowners had already decided that they liked our Mountainscape imagery.  We then Photoshopped an image of a previous Mountainscape mural into their photo.

 

Photoshopped image of Natalie Blake Studios ceramic wall tiles

Photoshopped image of Natalie Blake Studios ceramic wall tiles