'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.

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 →

Larson Project 1 - 3

Sun, May 15th, 2011 Hi Pat & Randy

Your commission is fully underway. I have made 3 murals 21" x 42" for your Arch.

I used a variety of material for the texture, some bark, some textured stone and other materials.

Here are pictures of the murals in the order made! If you click the first image and scroll thru with the ...   read full article →

Pamela & Mike Process #1

Wed, May 11th, 2011 Hi Pamela & Mike...

Your 50" x 42" ceramic mural has begun! I will show you the process I go through on this blog, so you can see your artwork appear before your eyes!

First I lay 42 7"x7" tiles out on my garage floor. The table was too small for this project. Then I ...   read full article →

Collaboration Finis!

Sun, May 1st, 2011 I'm finally getting back to my complete circle with Armando's Arc. Here the finished piece, glazed and fired...and the whole process in fast view.

First the blank slate with a line drawing,
Then the pulling, stretching & altering...
The carving went on for days...
Then the firing complete and the finished mural.

You too can watch your commission come to life before your very ...   read full article →

Blank to Bountiful

Mon, Feb 14th, 2011 It all begins with an idea - Christine talked about her bedroom and my tango series - and that was my jumping off point. Today I wanted to create an intimate tango of love & sleep, the merging of lives, bodies & spirits. ARMANDO ARC began to materialize. I decided to work with the spiral as metaphor ...   read full article →

Form, Line & Life

Sat, Feb 5th, 2011 I was recently commissioned to carve a wall mural for an outdoor shower. I measured the space and laid out the tile - a completely blank slate for my bamboo carving.

The process begins with a line drawing, then imparting texture. Then there is carving and carving and carving. I pull & stretch the clay, create form and ...   read full article →

Clay as Canvas

Tue, Jan 25th, 2011 There are so many directions we can go - so many manifestations of clay creations. Some are rough, textured, amorphous, others refined, detailed; there can be painted imagery or loose brushwork - some have energy others have serenity.

As clay artists the clay is our canvas - rich, clean and precise, but with the ability to be pliable, ...   read full article →

Begin at the Beginning

Wed, Jan 12th, 2011 Many people see my work and say they want to make work just like that. Great!, I say. Now all you have to do is practice, practice, practice.

I remember 16 or so years ago when I felt the same way. The truth is I can teach you all I know, but it all depends on ...   read full article →

Old Saggar Broke...

Tue, May 18th, 2010 My old tumble stack saggar finally broke completely apart, so I made a new one this winter and I'm doing my first firing today!

First firings always crack the saggar, so I heat slowly to control the cracking. Breaks in a saggar are good, but a few at a time is best, rather than large cracks early on. All of ...   read full article →

Polished & Poetic in Florida

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010 GREAT WORKSHOP IN FLORIDA...

It was a wonderful workshop at St. Pete Clay Company this past February.
There were over 15 people there and the results of the saggar firing were as dramatic and varied as ever.

I love the new ideas that come out of the experience. I told someone to 'be careful' copper scrubbies can be very strong and harsh ...   read full article →

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