Texas Backsplash and Assorted Tiles

 Tiles ready for installation in a breakfast room

Tiles ready for installation in a breakfast room

 Sketch for tiles

Sketch for tiles

Just snapped a couple of quick photos of a project we just finished up and are carefully packaging to ship to Texas.  The colorful tile panel will be installed as a backsplash feature in a breakfast room.  Below are the coordinating wall tiles that will be scattered randomly in the adjacent laundry room.  This truly was a fun project for us.

 Handmade wall tile waiting to be wrapped for shipping

Handmade wall tile waiting to be wrapped for shipping

Laughs for Love Fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley

We had a lot of fun making these ornaments for the Laughs for Love fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley which takes place Saturday, March 4th here in Jasper, Indiana.  Many thanks to the big help from a few girl scouts from Ireland, Indiana Troop 329 and a few cub scouts from Ireland, Indiana Pack 130 who helped turn out these fun ornaments for tomorrow's event!  Find more info on the event here or on facebook here.

St. Francis

We were contacted last fall about doing a custom mosaic wall art piece featuring St. Francis.  We think he looks great in his new home!  

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The process started with a few emails discussing design elements and then we presented our client with a sketch to approve.

 

Then we brought the sketch to life in raw clay.

 

Then the pieces went into the kiln for the first firing.

 

Below the pieces were reassembled and ready to receive coats of underglaze.

 

Here is the reassembled piece again after its second firing.

 

And, below, shown prior to grouting, but after raku firing and mosaic embellishments.

 

And, here is the artwork in place.  What a beautiful home!  We really enjoyed working on this project and with such a great client!  See more of our mosaic wall art here.

Show Prep

Wrapped up on some glazing yesterday of some little magnets and tile art.  After they come out of the kiln this morning, we'll put on the finishing touches and they will come with us to the Wild Women Wearable Art show this weekend.  It's a two city venue starting in Louisville, KY, Friday and Saturday, February 5 - 6 and then onto Indianapolis, Sunday, February 7.

Red Bird

This is just one of those stories we love.  We received an order for this little red bird on two blossoms a while back.  Our customer shared her photo with us that her home has a backyard that attracts beautiful red cardinals to her feeder daily which is what inspired her to add our artwork to her home.  

130 Red Poppy Bowls

This week we are knee deep in Red Poppy Bowls!  We are happily working on an order for 130 of our small handle bowls.  First we start with the bisque and give it 2 coats of black underglaze. Then with a pencil we draw on the design.  Next we paint on the green and red glaze - 2 coats each.  After we add the clear glaze (shown in the second set of photos), we kiln fire the bowls for the final product.  Here is a progression photo...

Below, in the first photo, is a good grouping of the bowls in various stages of underglazing.  The second shows the bowls coated in clear glaze.  Some are fully coated others are waiting to get their second half coated.  After they are fully covered with clear glaze, they get stacked into the kiln and fired

Red Table Re-Do Start to Finish

Here is our Red Table Before and After its transformation!

 Clare working on raw clay slab

Clare working on raw clay slab

 The design on each piece is freehand drawn. Then the texture is carved and stamped into the clay.

The design on each piece is freehand drawn. Then the texture is carved and stamped into the clay.

 The first firing is the bisque firing

The first firing is the bisque firing

 Romy painting on the several layers of glaze.

Romy painting on the several layers of glaze.

 The second firing is Raku fired

The second firing is Raku fired

 Setting in the semiprecious stones and beads to create the mosaic.

Setting in the semiprecious stones and beads to create the mosaic.

 Grouting...it's gotta get worse before it gets better!

Grouting...it's gotta get worse before it gets better!

 Setting the tiles into our great find - the vintage red table.

Setting the tiles into our great find - the vintage red table.

 Finished table!  Viola!

Finished table!  Viola!