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handmade kitchen backsplash
ceramic tile mural

CUSTOM TILE: Kitchen Backsplash

Thu, Feb 28th, 2013 Discussions with Mr. H began about 3 years ago; drawings and a commitment were set up in the spring of 2012 and now, after a few delays on both my side & my client's side, the mural is underway.

Mr. H's handmade kitchen backsplash mural will go below a strong copper hood, just above a professional cooking stove. The mural is designed to have movement and a gentle presence, but not designed to overwhelm or compete with the copper hood. It will be grouted onto the wall and as a result, there will be a smooth coat of a clear glaze on the surface to assure it can be cleaned after a night of cooking.

I sent a drawing, which was adjusted, then approved. I had to account for some changes due to the high back of the stove, which ultimately will cover the bottom row of tiles; to adjust, I raised the whole composition on the left hand side.

Tuesday I did a mishima technique, putting colored clay slip into the recessed areas of the tiles to accent the lines, then scraping the dry slip away so the contrast shows both natural elements and the tile background.

Once bisque fired, the tiles are back on the table and ready for the glaze preparation. I sprayed the background with a soft ochre stain and then put a clear glaze over that. On top of the clear glaze, I added more ochre to create shadows and variation on the surface.

In the meantime, the counter is fired and laid out as it will be in his kitchen. Mr. H. wanted a simple, soft desert yellow on the counter, in the center will be his grill.

The backsplash is out of the kiln and I believe the colors are spot on!
Mr. H loves it. Boxed and shipped to his Maine home... they go on the wall in a few months.



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Above the Stove
Above the Stove
The making of a handmade backsplash
ceramic wall art mural for the kitchen
Above the Stove
Clay blocks
Clay blocks
the making of handmade tile art
kitchen backsplash
Clay blocks
Slicing Tiles
Slicing Tiles

ceramic wall art kitchen backsplash
Slicing Tiles
Laying it out
Laying it out
wall art mural
stoneware clay backsplash for kitchen
Laying it out
Nature Composition
Nature Composition
designing handmade backsplash
for Maine kitchen
Nature Composition
Voluminous Accents
Voluminous Accents
altering the surface of handmade
kitchen backsplash
Voluminous Accents
Hills & Valleys
Hills & Valleys

Hills & Valleys
full mural view
full mural view

full mural view
Mishima in incisings
Mishima in incisings

Mishima in incisings
Mishima finished
Mishima finished

Mishima finished
Bisqued
Bisqued

Bisqued
Ready for firing
Ready for firing
ceramic tile art and
handmade kitchen backsplashes
Ready for firing
Finished Counter
Finished Counter

Finished Counter
Top view
Top view

Top view
Backsplash Finished.
Backsplash Finished.
kitchen backsplash complete
handmade tile art
Backsplash Finished.

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