“Little Tree of Four” Kitchen Backsplash

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  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 Little Tree of Four ceramic porcelain hand sgraffito carved backsplash. 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. 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 info@natalieblake.com.    

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

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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. 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. 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… Read More »

Residential Backsplash

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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!

handsculpted, carved, ceramic tile by Natalie Blake

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.          

More tiles for Hawaiian residence

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We created these five triptychs for a residence in Hawaii. The murals reflect Hawaiian flowers: orchid, plumeria, bird of paradise, heliconia and hibiscus.    

New Mural

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall and backsplash tiles by Natalie Blake

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. 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:   The final piece:    

Poolside Installation

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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.”     Here is the image of his pool, showing two of the tiles, grouted into the stone wall.     There are two tiles in this picture, one on either side of the waterfall.   I asked him how he likes the final product. Here’s what he said: “The tiles are beautiful!  They really add just… Read More »

New Residential Installation

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

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!  

Residential mural installed

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Here’s our most recent residential installation.  You can read about the design process for this mural here.     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

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