Public Art Projects
handmade, carved, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake

In 2013 the studio was awarded a large public art grant from the City of Tampa and Trio at Encore, LP to design, create and install three ceramic tile murals for the city’s Trio at Encore! mixed-use development project. The murals were designed to showcase the history of this largely African American neighborhood from the late 19th century to the present, a time when this neighborhood was the principal business and entertainment district of Tampa’s African American community. Each mural, 6′ h x 15′ w, is comprised of 18″ x 18″ tiles, mortared and grouted to exterior, concrete walls that run the perimeter of the development.

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handmade, carved, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake

Natalie Blake Studios was awarded a large public art grant from Chabot College, Hayward, CA in 2011.  Using this grant funding, the studio designed, produced and installed ceramic wall tiles and other artwork in 5 locations on the college campus.

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Fireweed sm file

In 2014 the studio was awarded a public art grant to create sculptural wall tile for 10 columns in a high school cafeteria in Anchorage, Alaska.  The art committee requested that the art solution to the “problem” of the columns bring nature and light into the cafeteria. The studio’s proposal is to create 10 dynamic, sculptural, ceramic tile murals, featuring Alaskan plants, e.g. Jacob’s Ladder, Lupine, and Sitka Spruce, in their native landscape. Each mural, comprised of 24, 16” x 16” tiles, will wrap around the columns (6 tiles per side), thus providing various perspectives on the depicted scenes. We propose to center each mural on a column, starting 4’ from the floor, where the textured carving lines can be seen up close and touched. The tiles will be grouted in place and will last the life of the building.

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