CUSTOM TILE: John Muir Inspirations

Thu, Oct 16th, 2014 I'm working long days in the studio creating a 30" x 72" custom tile wall art piece for Rob in Texas. I began the first day laying out 40 clay tiles on my table and sketched out the image we agreed on.

The sketch occurs using a chopstick the first day, then altering and stretching the clay canvas to create the undulating surface.

On day two the carving begins and lasts for a few hours. Once the larger carving is complete, day three brings me back to the clay studio to finish the 'clean-up' work. The hand-made tiles are cleaned along the edges, numbered and placed on the shelf to dry.

This custom tile wall art mural has been drying just about 10 days and is in the bisque now. The next step will be glazing. Rob asked if he could name the piece...and he has. It's titled "John Muir". Rob loves the outdoors and is a fan of Scottish nationalist & preservationist, John Muir, who is also affectionately known as the 'Godfather of National Parks'. A perfect homage to a visionary and environmentalist. Thanks Rob, for sharing that info with all of us!

John Muir has been glazed and fired - awaiting framing. Enjoy the process shots below of this creation of this custom wall art tile. I added a 'live time' video of me carving the river that runs through John Muir.



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Working Image
Working Image

Working Image
On the table
On the table

On the table
river detail
river detail

river detail
trees & mountains
trees & mountains

trees & mountains
clay trimmings
clay trimmings

clay trimmings
working left to right
working left to right

working left to right
finishing step 1
finishing step 1

finishing step 1
detailing hills
detailing hills

detailing hills
tree detail
tree detail

tree detail
feathering pines
feathering pines

feathering pines
touching up
touching up

touching up
tools
tools

tools
a full view
a full view

a full view
green river..
green river..

green river..
Glaze layer 1
Glaze layer 1

Glaze layer 1
color detail
color detail

color detail
Glaze layer 3
Glaze layer 3

Glaze layer 3
Glaze layer 2
Glaze layer 2

Glaze layer 2
Fired! left side
Fired! left side

Fired! left side
Fired! right side
Fired! right side

Fired! right side
On the Wall!
On the Wall!

On the Wall!

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