Texas Essence
Custom Tile Wall Art
Designed & Created by Brenda McMahon

CUSTOM TILE: Vertical in Texas

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015 I met Jill & John in Denver, Colorado but they live in Texas. We began our discussion about creating custom tile wall art for their Guest Room in Colorado, but once they got home to Texas, the real details began.

This tile art piece will be 30" w x 56" h as seen taped out on the wall below. Sun cascades in from the right side where an outside wall painted blue violet stands. The living room is a light sage color.

This Texas home is characterized by artwork that is Asian evocative or at least calming and still. Jill & John were drawn to both my Sargasso carved series as well as my Nature-Scape ideas. The first custom tile art piece I'm creating is a larger version of the Green Sargasso they saw on my website.

It took about 4 days; now mural #1 is complete. Here you can see the drawing, forming, carving & cleaning of the first hand made tile art work.

While those tiles are drying on the shelves, I began working on the second custom tile art, a Nature-Scape rendition, including botanicals and other inspirations from our discussions.

Glazing tiles is an art in and of itself. The complicated part of glazing is that the color you see is not the color that appears after the firing - so you have to know and remember how things change and what changes them.

For instance, slightly more or less glaze over a stain and the color changes. Similarly, slightly more or less density of the stain and the color changes. Colors and glazing are an intuitive and involved process that takes 2-3 days on the table, but years to master.

Here are some process shots of glazing the second custom wall art tile. Both tile pieces are fired and framing is underway. #2 is complete and hanging on my outside wall. #1 is done also.

Jill and John made their selection. Of the 2 custom tile art pieces I made, they selected the second one, which is named Texas Essence. This custom tile wall art blends beautifully into the design of their guest room.



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Sargasso Beginnings
The Wall in Question
The Wall in Question

The Wall in Question
An outline of art
An outline of art

An outline of art
Lay the Tiles
Lay the Tiles

Lay the Tiles
Now to Sketch
Now to Sketch

Now to Sketch
Sketching the Design
Sketching the Design

Sketching the Design
Forming the Clay
Forming the Clay

Forming the Clay
Creating Volume
Creating Volume

Creating Volume
More Handwork
More Handwork

More Handwork
The Outline Complete
The Outline Complete

The Outline Complete
Carving Begins
Carving Begins

Carving Begins
Some Detail
Some Detail

Some Detail
Half Done
Half Done

Half Done
Carve, Carve, Carve
Carve, Carve, Carve

Carve, Carve, Carve
Keep Going
Keep Going

Keep Going
#1 Carving Done!
#1 Carving Done!

#1 Carving Done!
#1 Framed
#1 Framed

#1 Framed
#2 Nature Impressions
#2 Nature Impressions

#2 Nature Impressions
Sun accent
Sun accent

Sun accent
Botanicals
Botanicals

Botanicals
More detail
More detail

More detail
blue bonnet feel...
blue bonnet feel...

blue bonnet feel...
desert accent
desert accent

desert accent
#2 Full & Finished
#2 Full & Finished

#2 Full & Finished
Studio Assistant!
Studio Assistant!

Studio Assistant!
I work with 30 colors
I work with 30 colors

I work with 30 colors
Studio Stains Used
Studio Stains Used

Studio Stains Used
#2 Blocking out color
#2 Blocking out color

#2 Blocking out color
#2 Pampas Grasses
#2 Pampas Grasses

#2 Pampas Grasses
#2 Color details
#2 Color details

#2 Color details
#2 colors before glaze
#2 colors before glaze

#2 colors before glaze
#2 Clear on it
#2 Clear on it

#2 Clear on it
#2 FRAMED!
#2 FRAMED!

#2 FRAMED!
Another View
Another View

Another View
Waiting....
Waiting....

Waiting....
On The Wall!
On The Wall!

On The Wall!

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