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Ceramic Backsplash Tile for Kitchen and Bathroom

Your backsplash can be a unique work of art. Each tile is handmade, sgraffito-carved and glazed in our rich glazes. Edges are flat to facilitate grouting. Surfaces are cleanable and water resistant.

We will work with you (or your designer) to customize our tile to fit your space. We can provide sketches for your approval, Photoshopped images of our tiles in your space, a sample tile and 3″ color chips. With 33 glazes to choose from, you’re sure to get the piece that works just right in your space!

 

Click here to see our  installation guide.

 

The story of our Tree of Life backsplash: from commission to completion

Last year at this time (December 2012) a couple from Washington state contacted us to discuss commissioning a custom kitchen backsplash. They’d seen our website and found images of our Tree of Life that they really liked.  They emailed us the image that they liked best, commenting on how they liked the way the roots looked, and the overall shape of the tree. They also asked whether we could make the piece in cream and brown, to complement the stone in the stove area.

Here’s the image they sent:

 

After getting the measurements of the wall where the backsplash was to be installed, we Photoshopped an image of our Tree of Life into the image of their stove area.  We determined that 4, 12″ x 12″ tiles would be the best size for the space. This size would also allow for a 1″ border tile to set the piece off from the rest of the stone backsplash.  We recommended that the tree be offset, rather than centered, to mirror the asymmetry of the stovetop:

handmade, ceramic backsplash tile

 

Their response was “So beautiful!  The tree design is fantastic!” Once we had the design nailed down, we worked more on the glaze color to use.

They emailed us images of the stone that would comprise the majority of the backsplash. Based on this image, and their request for cream and brown, we sent them 3″ x 3″ color chips of our yellow and our cream glazes and showed them how each glaze would look against their stone:

 

sample chips

photoshopped cream tree
Cream glaze against kitchen stone
Photoshopped yellow tree
Light yellow glaze against kitchen stone

 

We all agreed that the cream glaze would be the best choice for the piece.  The piece was completed about 6 weeks later. We sent the couple an image of the tiles, fresh from the glaze kiln:

 

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

Tree of Life, 24″ x 24″, glazed in cream

 

Their response: “They look so beautiful!!! We can’t wait–thanks for keeping us appraised on your progress. We couldn’t be happier:)”

They asked us about what sealant we’d recommend putting on the tiles since they are installed behind the stovetop.  While all of our tiles have a low sheen that is scrubbable it’s not imperative that a sealant is used. However, if a client wants to seal the tiles we recommend using Miracle, 511 Porous Plus, Natural Look Penetrating Sealer.

Here are images of the piece, installed. The border tile that was used is tumbled Turkish Travertine, available at most tile stores.

handmade, ceramic kitchen backsplash tile by Natalie Blake

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic, backsplash tile
24″ x 24″ Tree of Life kitchen backsplash

“We could not be happier with how our tile backsplash turned out…we are so grateful to have found you for our project. We wanted this to be the focal point of our newly remodeled kitchen & to have it be a representation of something important to our family. This is perfect!! Thank you again for working with us to make this happen!

We’ve had a few holiday gatherings this month & have had SO many people ask where we got these beautiful tiles!!!  They really set everything off perfectly.” –Brad and Kim, Washington State

handmade, custom, ceramic backsplash tile

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Art as Backsplash

This piece, “Players,” is installed as a kitchen backsplash for a client in Annapolis, MD.  Read more about the piece and how it was created here.

Watch this short video of Natalie and Nick installing this backsplash.

 

 

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic backsplash tile

“Players” handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic backsplash tile

 

handmade, ceramic backsplash tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Detail: “Players”, handmade, ceramic backsplash tile by Natalie Blake Studios

 

Botanical Backsplash for Outdoor Installation

This backsplash was commissioned for a residential installation in an outdoor kitchen.  The tiles are glazed in Jade and Olive.

Stay tuned for installation shots!

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

 

Natalie Blake Studios Tiles Featured in New England Home Magazine

The studio’s Botanical tiles are pictured in the Elements section of New England Home’s October issue.

The section highlights “striking kitchen and bath materials from around New England.” As the write-up explains, “Natalie Blake Studios uses the technique called sgraffito for its undulating tiles, carving free-hand to ensure the unique character and exquisite delicacy of each one.  As functional as they are beautiful, they would make a sensational backsplash, though many of the studio’s clients hang them on the wall as art.”

We are proud to be a New England-made source for fine wall art and backsplash tile.

 

handmade, ceramic wall art tile
Natalie Blake Studios tile mural in New England Home magazine

 

 

Here are two versions of the tile mural, one in cream, one in honey:

handmade, ceramic wall art and backsplash tile, Natalie Blake Studios
Botanical Cream

 

handmade, ceramic wall art and backsplash tile
Botanical, glazed in honey

 

The mural certainly makes a beautiful backsplash:

 

Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic backsplash tile
Botanical, handmade, ceramic backsplash tile

 

Backsplash Ideas

These tiles are shape tiles with a flower design. The tiles are glazed in cashew, jade and honey:

Handmade, custom, ceramic backsplash tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Flowerscape, backsplash tiles

Handmade, custom, ceramic backsplash tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Flowerscape: Handmade, custom, ceramic backsplash tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Here’s the backsplash in burgandy:

Handmade, custom, ceramic backsplash tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Flowerscape, in burgandy

 

This piece was commissioned for a hospital lobby but we think it would make a great backsplash.

 

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

Botanical, ceramic wall art tiles

Here’s a new piece  we made for a client in Washington, DC.  The piece is 36″ w x 60″ h and is grouted in place in her shower.  It is glazed in Robin’s Egg, Jade and Honey overspray.

 

 

handmade, sgraffito-carved, backsplash tile by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, sgraffito-carved, backsplash tile by Natalie Blake Studios

 

custom, handmade, backsplash tile by Natalie Blake Studios

custom, handmade, backsplash tile by Natalie Blake Studios

 

 

Here’s an example of how just a few tiles can brighten a kitchen.

 

 

 

 

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

Kitchen Backsplash Tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

 

These tiles were commissioned for grouting into a mantel above a fireplace but they would look great as kitchen or bathroom backsplash tiles. They are glazed in persimmon.

 

 

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

Backsplash tile by Natalie Blake Studios

 

 

New Kitchen Backsplash

Natalie Blake Studios recently created these handmade, ceramic, sgraffito-carved tiles for a kitchen backsplash.  Contact us to discuss your backsplash ideas.

 

 

 

 

handmade, ceramic, kitchen backsplash tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life, ceramic kitchen backsplash tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Backsplash Ideas

 

 

 

In researching backsplash ideas on the web, we came across this advice from Tim, at Askthebuilder.com:

“It’s no surprise to me that you keep gravitating to ceramic tile for your backsplash. A tile backsplash will last for years, and will add beauty to your kitchen. I have installed ceramic tile at backsplash locations between the countertops and the underside of kitchen wall cabinets for years, and each homeowner was dazzled by the final appearance.  Ceramic tile makes sense when you are mulling over backsplash ideas because it is durable, easy to clean, colorful and can add texture to an otherwise dull, flat boring wall space. In recent years, there seems to have been an explosion of new tile colors, patterns, styles and textures, many of which are perfect for areas directly behind a kitchen sink and cooktop areas.”

Unalun tiles are ideally suited for backsplash applications.   Unalun tiles can be grouted in place or free hung using our unique hanging system.

Here’s what the Home Garden TV site says about backsplash tile:

“With so many colorful tile choices available today, function is no longer the primary concern for backsplashes. Sometimes it’s all about the beautiful choice.  Originally, backsplashes were installed to protect surfaces from water. With so many colorful tile choices available today, function is no longer the primary concern. Backsplashes are now an important design element in the bath.”

 

 

ceramic tile kitchen backsplash

ceramic tile kitchen backsplash