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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Wed, Jul 18th, 2012 Cathy & Keith's first design choice is on the glazing table. They have a red leather couch in the living room and wanted red accents in the nature designs.
They also added a turquoise chest in the living room and wanted turquoise added to the skyline. I also added it to the moonset carved circle, to give it a ... read full article →
Wed, Jun 27th, 2012 The first Design for Cathy & Keith is complete and here is the second.
With this design, they wanted a similar nature-scape, but with different texture on the horizon line and no texture on the top of the mural.
First you'll see the second design I offered up that they selected. I sketch out the idea, then I begin to create ... read full article →
Tue, Jun 26th, 2012 Cathy & Keith met me in Florida this winter and now we are working on a mural for their beautiful living room. This space calls for a sculptural nature scape mural as it is filled with sunlight cascading through their large windows and it has that 'inside-outside' feeling.
I began yesterday and here's the first piece almost completely made, I ... read full article →