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“Little Tree of Four” Kitchen Backsplash

  Another happy customer from Natalie Blake Studios!  

"Our kitchen project is finished,

and the “Little Tree of Four” is installed.

It looks absolutely beautiful and is the highlight of our kitchen! "

G. Szegedy

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Little Tree of Four ceramic porcelain hand sgraffito carved backsplash.

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No maintenance tiles, that are easy to clean using any household cleaner and a scrubby, or wipe with Windex.

Color fast tiles, that are heat and water resistent.

Perfect to use in a kitchen near a stove or sink.

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Custom designs and sizes for any backsplash commission available within 6-12 weeks from receipt of deposit. Natalie Blake Studios designers will work with you to find the perfect image and colors to fit in your custom home. Please contact the studio by phone at 802.254.9761 or email at    

“Tree of Life” Porcelain Tile ~ Creates a Focal Point for a Residential Kitchen Backsplash

Natalie Blake Studios handmade porcelain tiles are a perfect complement for use with field tiles in a backsplash installation. This porcelain art tile is framed with a bullnose tile that matches the white subway field tile. The sixteen-inch hand carved and glazed "Tree of Life" was commissioned by a residential homeowner in Maine. Our tiles are vitrified, and glass like, so easy to keep clean and virtually no maintenance. Natalie-Blake-Studios-porcelain-tile-custom-made-with-Tree-of-Life-design-for-kitchen-backsplash-used-with-white-subway-tiles The client sent photographs (see below) of their kitchen before any of the tile or appliances had been installed. The tile was going above the stovetop between the cabinets, as shown above. The homeowners wanted glaze colors that would work with their beautiful new counter tops and cabinets. By sending the studio photographs of their kitchen in progress, we were able to work with them to find the right glazes to suit the new gray paint on the cupboards and the new counter tops.  The clients chose the glaze colors to work with their new kitchen makeover. 1-Natalie-Blake-Studios-custom-16-inch-porcelain-tile-for-residential-kitchen-backsplash-in-Maine-used-with-white-subway-tiles_1618 2-Natalie-Blake-Studios-custom-16-inch-porcelain-tile-for-residential-kitchen-backsplash-in-Maine-used-with-white-subway-tiles_1619 3-Natalie-Blake-Studios-custom-16-inch-porcelain-tile-for-residential-kitchen-backsplash-in-Maine-used-with-white-subway-tiles_1633 They chose one our our "Tree of Life" designs. This unique tree was hand carved on the porcelain tile using the sgraffito method. Once a tile is carved, we always send a photograph to the home owners for approval, before continuing with the production of firing and glazing. Each of our tiles is a work of art, unique with its own characteristics, as they are hand-rolled, hand-formed, hand-carved and uniquely glazed.

"Approval granted. Looks great. Thanks for the quick work!"

4-Natalie-Blake-Studios-custom-16-inch-porcelain-tile-for-residential-kitchen-backsplash-in-Maine-used-with-white-subway-tiles_1616 Working with the client, the glazes were chosen - double cream and jade. Natalie Blake Studios recommends talking over the glaze colors, or requesting sample color chips to make sure your tile will match your environment. Their tile was then glazed as they had requested. A photograph of the glazed tile was sent for approval by the clients. We wrote and told the clients that the glaze colors came out differently than we had expected. Such is the nature of this handmade ceramic medium. Glaze colors have many variables, including the kiln firing, the application and the hand mixing of the colors. We are often working with the energy of the kiln gods to have a good firing, and depend upon the kiln gods to create a piece of their liking! Natalie Blake Studios' policy is that you are happy with the final result. We always send photographs for approval. The studio offered to remake the tile and glaze it again, but they were pleased with the tile as it was. Here is their response to the photograph of the tile was sent for approval:

"We love it. Actually looks more earthy. The green is perfect."

5-Natalie-Blake-Studios-custom-16-inch-porcelain-tile-for-residential-kitchen-backsplash-in-Maine-used-with-white-subway-tiles_1617 The tile was shipped to Maine for installation by their contractor.

"We received the tile today. It is perfect!  This is the center piece of our kitchen and will be enjoyed and admired by a lot of people. Thank you for the great product and great service!"

  6-Natalie-Blake-Studios-custom-16-inch-porcelain-tile-for-residential-kitchen-backsplash-in-Maine-used-with-white-subway-tiles _1739 7-Natalie-Blake-Studios-custom-16-inch-porcelain-tile-for-residential-kitchen-backsplash-in-Maine-used-with-white-subway-tiles _1740 8-Natalie-Blake-Studios-custom-16-inch-porcelain-tile-for-residential-kitchen-backsplash-in-Maine-used-with-white-subway-tiles _1741 Their kitchen has been finished. All the field tiles have been installed and grouted. The kitchen cabinets are finished and the appliances are in. Here are the photographs we just received from the homeowners of their completed kitchen remodel. The "Tree of Life" tile is in its new home! Natalie-Blake-Studios-custom-16-inch-porcelain-tile-for-residential-kitchen-backsplash-in-Maine-used-with-white-subway-tiles Natalie-Blake-Studios-porcelain-16-inch-handmade-hand-carved-Tree-of-Life-porcelain-tile-used-with-white-subway-tile-for-a-residential-kitchen-backsplash-in-Maine  

Residential Backsplash

We just received some photographs of a custom backsplash we did for a client in 2014. I am sure that she has waited a long time to put up these tiles, but now that she has them, she can enjoy them for years to come!                     Their kitchen is fully renovated, and she has sent photographs of her Natalie Blake Studios tiles above her stovetop. Doesn't it look gorgeous? We can make custom tiles to fit your interior ~ with endless designs and over 40 glaze colors, let us work with you to make your environment glorious.                       Our tiles are the perfect medium for a backsplash. Contact the studio so we can help you with your design, and answer any questions you might have.

One of our favorites!

Our signature Dahlia is featured in this penthouse apartment

We worked closely with Cravotta Interiors (Austin, TX) to create this custom, hand sculpted, ceramic tile mural for the entry of a penthouse in the Four Seasons Residences in Austin, Texas. The Dahlia mural is comprised of 14" x 14" tiles, carved in our unique, gestural style. The vibrant, Persian Red glaze contrasts with the darker, slip underneath to accent the free-flowing design. The designer had the tiles grouted in place as a backdrop for a sitting area.  We just love it when designers feature art in unexpected places! Thanks Cravotta Interiors! You can read more about this project here.   handsculpted, carved, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake      
handsculpted, dimensional tile by Natalie Blake

Dahlia, handsculpted, sgraffito-carved, ceramic tile

handsculpted, dimensional, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake

our signature sgraffito-carving creates a textured look and feel

New Mural

This piece was commissioned by Corporate Art Group, East Greenwich, RI for a residential installation. This image shows the tiles drying before they get bisque-fired.
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Tree of Life, carved, awaiting bisque firing

The client chose Adobe, Yellow, Teal and Turquoise for the colors. These glazes were sprayed onto the tiles so that the colors flow from tile to tile, as in the image below:
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Teal and Yellow overspray

  The final piece:   handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall and backsplash tiles by Natalie Blake ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake  

Poolside Installation

A homeowner in Hill Country, Texas contacted us this spring. He was looking for decorative accent tiles to grout into a stone wall that surrounds his pool.  He had heard about our work from his pool salesman. He looked through our Tile Catalogue and picked these tiles. According to the homeowner, "the designs we saw on the website were just what we were seeking...perfect colors, suitably artistic and subtle.  A great complement for our stone." However, he wanted the tiles to be bigger: "Customer service was excellent beginning to end.  The tiles shown on the website were 12" squares which were a bit small for the size of the wall.  A quick call to Ellen and the problem was solved ... she informed us that they could be made in 14" squares.  Moreover, she helped us understand the exterior mounting options and procedure."
handmade, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake Studios

    Here is the image of his pool, showing two of the tiles, grouted into the stone wall.  
handmade, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Natalie Blake Studios' handmade tile inlaid

Handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie

poolside installation of Natalie Blake Studio tile

  There are two tiles in this picture, one on either side of the waterfall.
handmade, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake Studios

tile grouted into stone wall

  I asked him how he likes the final product. Here's what he said: "The tiles are beautiful!  They really add just the right accent to our pool.  Everyone, including our pool company president, who sees the pool is suitably impressed.  The tiles turned our Hill Country pool into an artistic statement.  We love it!"

New Residential Installation

Our latest Tree of Life mural was recently installed in a residence in Florida.  Each tile was sprayed with two glazes to add richness to the colors. Thanks to John and Mavis, owners ofAvalon Gallery, Delray Beach, FL, for their assistance with this project!
handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life by Natalie Blake Studio

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Residential mural installed

Here's our most recent residential installation.  You can read about the design process for this mural here.  
handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Vine tile mural installed

  Here's what the homeowner had to say "I want you to know that I am totally happy with them! I just love the impact they have on the room, and my husband likes them just as much. They add so much texture and color. They have the movement and feeling that I was looking for; I couldn’t be happier.  Thanks again for taking the time to meet with Nancy and me.  You were very helpful as I tried to articulate my preferences.  The end result is absolutely stunning!"  Kathy, homeowner

Vine mural completed

An art consultant contacted us this winter, asking for help in designing a tile mural for a residential installation. The art consultant sent us images of the client's living room to give us an idea of style and color.



The client liked the idea of a botanical design.  We sketched the following design and the client loved it:

We proposed a mural of 9, 12" square tiles to fill the wall leading into the space.  The client worked with her interior designer, taping paper cut-outs on the wall to determine spacing. Here's what they initially came up with.

"Before" shot

We made a counter proposal which the client really liked.  We glazed the piece in honey, jade, and cashew.  Here's the finished piece:

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Vine, handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios


Here's the piece installed in the space.


Vine, handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Vine, installed