'Inside the Studio' Blog

Creating Custom Tile Art - a peek into process

I have been creating custom work for more than 15 years.  This blog takes you inside that process.

How does custom work begin, and what is the creative process between artist & client.






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. ...   read full article →



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 ...   read full article →



BATHROOM TILES: Bamboo Beginnings

Sat, May 31st, 2014 Bill & Linda met me at the Winter Park Art Festival and now I'm creating a bamboo wall art piecel for their newly renovated master bathroom. This location is perfect for a piece of undulating wall art.

Two murals are made. Each has different lines - but the real difference will come in color. I'll glaze both with ...   read full article →



CUSTOM BACKSPLASH: Leon's Kitchen

Sun, Mar 16th, 2014 My Sarasota client is renovating his kitchen and has hired me to create a custom kitchen backsplash behind his 6-burner viking stove.

Below are some shots of the custom kitchen backsplash in process. The total backsplash size is 18"h x 36"w. I designed & created 3 renditions of the tile art kitchen backsplash and let them dry on my ...   read full article →



Private Showings

Thu, Jan 30th, 2014 It comes up often as I travel across the country. I meet people who love my wall murals... but they're just not sure. That makes sense to me. It's one thing to see these sculptural murals on a wall at an outdoor art show, but quite another to visualize it on your wall.

That's where my ...   read full article →



Prayer Wheel

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014 I have been a yogi for over 12 years, and though I am familiar with the Om, I never knew about the Tibetan Prayer Wheel.

It is carved with the Tibetan symbolism of Om Mane Padme Hum. The wheel is balanced on a fulcrum with a bearing so it spins. Each time the wheel is spun, the ...   read full article →



Jim & Sheryll

Wed, May 29th, 2013 Jim & Sheryll just built a beautiful home in rural Ohio. This dream house is set back in the woods, overlooking a grove of trees, beyond which is a river.

The ceramic tile art is going on the living room wall, which is lit up by a host of large windows looking onto a beautiful view of trees and a ...   read full article →



Throwing & Carving

Tue, May 21st, 2013 I'm gearing up for a long trip out west - from Iowa to Denver to Park City Utah! So I've been in a throwing frenzy.

Here are some pics of newly carved vases....

This week I begin my saggar firing. The carved pots will get black and white surfaces... at least to start. ...   read full article →



Marilyn & Mike

Tue, May 7th, 2013 I met Mike and Marilyn in Melbourne Florida at the Melbourne Art show. They loved my sculptural wall murals, but didn't see a piece that would work for them. We had a short conversation about a potential commission and later that day they invited me over to their home to see what they were thinking.

Marilyn and Mike have ...   read full article →



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 ...   read full article →



Red Accents

Sat, Feb 16th, 2013 Many clients come into my gallery and love what they see, but have never considered a sculptural wall mural before. They may also see a smaller piece, but need a bigger size. This is what happened with Dick & Betsy. They are not sure about the work yet...but if they did want one, it would ...   read full article →



Saggar Wall Mural

Sun, Sep 23rd, 2012 I'm excited about this next commission. Judy & Jim, in Houston, TX asked me to make a wall mural for their bedroom in my traditional Saggar Firing technique.

I haven't done one of these in a while, so it's been really exciting to do it. All I needed was a request!

So I made 2 murals, bisque fired the tiles ...   read full article →



TX: Decision Made

Sat, Sep 22nd, 2012 The final decision was made for the wall mural to go above the vanity in this Texas bathroom.

I made 2 murals, both in the color tones the clients wanted. One mural was on the lighter, softer side, while the other one I went into deeper tones of the same colors. This mural was designed to compliment this newly ...   read full article →



Busy Summer!

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012 It's been a busy summer between commissions, art fairs and private home showings. But I'm back in the studio finishing up 2 commissions for my Texas Private Home Showing this October.

Russell & Christine got a peek at their first commission firing last month. Today I fired the second one and have the results.

First, here are the shots of ...   read full article →



A Perfect Decision

Sat, Aug 18th, 2012 Just Beautiful!

I arrived at Cathy & Keith's home early this morning... the sunlight was cascading in through their huge glass windows and I began installing their new artwork. They saw both pieces on the wall.... and selected this one.

I'm attaching the Nature-Scape they did not select below as well.

Thank you Cathy & Keith!
You were a joy to work with...and ...   read full article →



TX: Design #2 Begins

Thu, Aug 2nd, 2012 Russell & Christine ordered a simple wall mural from me for their bathroom, above the vanity. The first one I kept true to our conversations.

Today I created a second mural, but this time I changed a few things, still staying true to the spirit of the idea. First, I put the focal point of the mural slightly off ...   read full article →



PA: Glazed & Fired #2

Wed, Aug 1st, 2012 Cathy & Keith's second mural is out of the kiln and framed. I hung it on the side of the barn today to see how it looks in the late afternoon light. Here are a few viewpoints.

Cathy & Keith liked a lot of the characteristics of the first mural so when I asked for feedback with the second, ...   read full article →



TX: Over the Vanity

Sun, Jul 29th, 2012 This Texas Commission will be 30" x 80" to be displayed above the vanity next to a beautiful stained glass window and some other elegant features.

Russell & Christine want a simple mural to balance out the details for their bathroom. I began with a basic layout and then began layering the design composition on, one at a time.

First there ...   read full article →



Glazing Bittersweet

Sat, Jul 28th, 2012 The Bittersweet Mural is at the halfway point. All 3 pieces are bisque fired and 2 have been glazed. Mary had some color suggestions and then deferred to my choices.

For the first one, I created a soft lime background with green leaves & strong red & orange berries.

In the second mural, I went for a more 'earthy' ...   read full article →



CUSTOM TILE: Bittersweet in NY

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012 Mary is part of my 'New York Private Showings' tour and she and Rob commissioned me to create a mural of bittersweet, a vine they love that grows around their home.

This is my first bittersweet project, so I did 3 as bittersweet has so many manifestations. I've uploaded all 3 designs just after I made them.

First I have ...   read full article →


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