Original Fireplace
These bricks will be covered

A Fireplace Surround

Thu, Nov 15th, 2018 I have done kitchen backsplash tiles and shower insert tiles, but this is the first fireplace surround project I have completed.
Though I have had many requests and inquiries for fireplace tiles, no one made a commitment til David & Becky did.

It's been a full project schedule. First, there was a home viewing and conversations about concepts. I drew a few pictures, David and Becky wanted a horizon sun so we adjusted some details and the work in clay was ready to begin.

In this case, I created an actual replica of the fireplace on plywood to use as my template throughout the project. Once the tiles were laid out, the work in clay began. I kept the tiles mostly flat, due to the installation requirement. We are installing over existing brick tiles.

The greenware tiles dried on the shelves and then went into the bisque firing. Once cooled, they went onto the glazing table for color and then the final firing. The glaze was cooling just as my annual ArtJones Studio Tour was about to get underway, so I let the tiles sit safely in the kiln for about a week. Once the weekend was over, the kiln was unloaded and the template came in handy again to work out the mastic and grouting issues.

My studio assistant Cathy and I are ready to go install this new fireplace.



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Fireplace Template
Fireplace Template
Here figuring out the size tiles needed
Fireplace Template
Making Tiles
Making Tiles
using the slab roller
Making Tiles
Large tiles are made one at a time
Large tiles are made one at a time
and rolled so they don't crack
Large tiles are made one at a time
Tile Template is 9.25x9.25
Tile Template is 9.25x9.25"

Tile Template is 9.25x9.25"
Laying out tiles
Laying out tiles
once they shrink, all will fit better
Laying out tiles
All tiles in place
All tiles in place
now the cutting, carving & working
All tiles in place
Cleaning the edges
Cleaning the edges

Cleaning the edges
Cutouts for stone created
Cutouts for stone created

Cutouts for stone created
composition begins
composition begins

composition begins
Carving details
Carving details

Carving details
Finishing right side
Finishing right side

Finishing right side
Glazing begins
Glazing begins

Glazing begins
layering 12 colors
layering 12 colors

layering 12 colors
blending the colors
blending the colors

blending the colors
A final coat of clear glaze
A final coat of clear glaze

A final coat of clear glaze

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