'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: 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 →



PA: Design #1 glazed

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 →



PA: Design #2 (or 3)

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 →



PA: Mural Begins...

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 →



Bamboo Directions...

Sat, Mar 17th, 2012 There is so much interest in bamboo these days. I have a couple in Sarasota wanting me to make a corner piece for their master bathroom.

There is a couple in Jupiter, FL who just installed a bamboo floor & likes my 'By the Water's Edge' and so I've made another....

And then there is a Mt. Dora couple who was ...   read full article →



STUDIO CORNERS: Is That for Sale?

Thu, Dec 1st, 2011 At my open house a few weeks ago - and with 7,000 square feet of studio space there were lots of places to show work.

We had vessels & murals in 3 rooms and on the outside of 2 buildings. I left one mural on my glazing table, partially finished and waiting for the end of ...   read full article →



Midnight Bamboo

Thu, Oct 20th, 2011 And the winner is.....

Midnight Bamboo!

I saw Ben in Dallas after 6 months of working on these 2 wall murals (and a whole lot more). He saw both Midnight Bamboo and Dawn Song. He loved both of them - and pondered the decision for quite a while.

While viewing the artwork, a couple came into my booth and also loved ...   read full article →



Bamboo Dreams

Mon, Sep 26th, 2011 I love my bamboo series - and I enjoy getting inspiration from customers.

In April I met a gentleman in Texas who envisioned black bamboo along a lakeside, with the shimmering waters behind the bamboo - the waters a deep blue.

Oooh, I said. I like that, I think I'll make it. And so I did - it ...   read full article →



Impulse Flashback

Sat, Jul 30th, 2011 The space I'm contemplating is above a headboard in a relaxing rural bedrooom...

The colors should be that of my 'Prairie Fire' mural I made a few weeks ago - deep autumns with slight red hue...

And the imagery is about unity & togetherness - pretty universal themes...

This mural evolved out of a conversation with a client. She has the space ...   read full article →



Private Home Shows:

Sun, Jul 10th, 2011 HOW THEY WORK

So you've been watching my wall murals come out of the kiln. Maybe you've seen me at an art show and you love the idea, you just haven't seen the right one. Or... you haven't seen me in person in a while and you really want one, but oh, that shipping fee!

So how does the Private ...   read full article →



A New Direction...

Fri, Jul 8th, 2011 Commissions are great. They move me in directions I would not automatically go.

This mural, for instance, is for Pam & Pat in Texas. It's a variation of my naturescape theme, but they wanted the dimensions vertical rather than horizontal. And...as part of my "I make 3, YOU select one", commission option, ...   read full article →



"I just LOVE IT!..."

Sun, Jun 26th, 2011 It's been an incredible 5 months working with Pamela and Mike and finally, their wall mural is in their living room and Pamela says "I love it. I just LOVE IT!"

I met Pamela and Mike at the St. Armands Art Festival in Florida in late January, 2011. They noticed my wall murals but were particularly smitten with a ...   read full article →



Color Options

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011 I just unloaded a kiln today - a 5x8 which is 35" x 56" and I thought the colors are in your tone ranges.

I'm attaching a few images so you can see the diversity.

Notice the blues and greens in there...and the goldens and reds...

Just a week later and this mural found a new home. Thanks to Jim & Audrey ...   read full article →



In The Studio.

Thu, Jun 23rd, 2011 Pam & Pat...

I've begun your commission and here are some photos of the first piece.

This one is a direct rendition from the sketches you gave me at the Main Street Art Festival.

I took some angle shots so you can see the volume & fullness of the mural, as well as some close-ups so you can ...   read full article →



The Selection Made!

Sat, Jun 4th, 2011 Each commission has a life of its own. This job began as a thought in late January and is complete today, early June. We were not working together all that time.

First the client saw me at an art show in Sarasota, FL. They fell in love with a small piece and ...   read full article →



Framed Artwork

Thu, Jun 2nd, 2011 Both commission options are framed and ready to be hung.
Attached, please see photos of each piece. I have taken shots at several times of day and at several angles so you can see the texture and volume in each piece.

I'm also happy to say the colors in #2 came across beautifully when I photographed it early this morning. ...   read full article →



Nevinger Glaze #2

Mon, May 30th, 2011 Hi Guys....

I unloaded the kiln today and built the frames for both your pieces. I will paint the frames and mount the tiles in the next 2 days.
Here is the second firing. As you requested, I backed off on the auburn tones (described as red) and though I added that color I put it under the ...   read full article →



Nevigner Glaze #1

Thu, May 26th, 2011 Your first Nature Scape mural is out of the glaze kiln and ready to get framed. I have laid it out on the concrete and spaced it accordingly so you can get a sense of the size, color and scale.

I think the firing came out beautifully! Filled with warm yellows, browns and golden and yet a burst ...   read full article →



Larson: 2 Murals Glazed!

Thu, May 26th, 2011 Hi Pat & Randy...

I've had a full week of glazing and firing. I fired 2 of your 3 murals for you to choose from.
Unloaded the kiln this morning and I'm pleased with the results. They are very close to the sample we're working from, with some variation. As I load your tiles into my kiln, ...   read full article →



Nevinger #2

Sun, May 15th, 2011 Pamela and Mike, your second mural 50" x 42", is now made. I like the size, composition and design.

I will alter the firings a bit to see various surfaces. I've been working with your home photos in front of me and think this will be a dynamic splash of color, texture and organics in the wall ...   read full article →


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