Glazing a Natalie Blake Studios mural takes concentrated effort. My back muscles are sore from holding up the glaze gun and changing color after color to get each petal and each leaf perfect. I am headed to yoga class now taught by my husband Nick, which will help me stretch out my sore muscles.
What's amazing about creating ceramic wall our tile is that it has the potential to be around for a very very very long time. Porcelain tile is one of the most permanent materials on earth. As we know ancient sherds made of terra-cotta still teach us about that ancient time. So every wave of my glaze gun is a spray of silica that will be fired to 2140°F in place virtually forever. That is shortsighted to say "forever." But suffice it to say that there is a certain legacy in making ceramic art wall tile, one that can be passed down for generations and generations.
These wildflowers of Alaska hopefully will brighten the day of the high school student in Anchorage going to school in the middle of winter. I imagine students will pick their favorite flower in a given tile art Mural and maybe say to their friend, "meet you under the Arnica flower for lunch?"
The undulating ceramic tile can be touched by their hand and will reflect light, casting shadows over the dips and valleys of the textured tile. I love this about our work, that it can be touched; unlike the museum experience where one is glared at or beeped at for the natural impulse to have a tactile experience with beauty. Like a virtual braille, the texture of our hand carved art-tile can be caressed for generations and make nary a scratch.