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.
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:
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:
- Cream glaze against kitchen stone
- 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:
- 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.
- 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
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.
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!
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.
Here are two versions of the tile mural, one in cream, one in honey:
The mural certainly makes a beautiful backsplash:
These tiles are shape tiles with a flower design. The tiles are glazed in cashew, jade and honey:
Here’s the backsplash in burgandy:
This piece was commissioned for a hospital lobby but we think it would make a great backsplash.
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.
Here’s an example of how just a few tiles can brighten a kitchen.
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.
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.
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 at backsplash locations between the and the underside of 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.”