Service High School, Anchorage

In 2014 Natalie Blake Studios was awarded a public art grant to create sculptural wall tile for 10 columns in a high school cafeteria in Anchorage, Alaska. The art committee requested that the commissioned art "bring nature and light" into the cafeteria. Natalie Blake Studios' proposal was to create 10 dynamic, sculptural, ceramic tile murals, featuring Alaskan plants, e.g. Jacob’s Ladder, Lupine, and Sitka Spruce, in their native landscapes. Each mural, comprised of twenty-four 16” x 16” tiles, will wrap around the columns (six tiles per side), thus providing various perspectives of the depicted scenes. We proposed to center each mural on a column, starting 4’ from the floor, where the textured carving lines can be seen up close and touched. The tiles will be grouted in place and will last the life of the building.
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Photoshopped rendering of tiles on one column

Natalie Blake Studios was awarded the public art grant from a nationwide search.

Cynthia designing the Fireweed Mural - sketching in the outline of the design before the details of the tiles are carved. Cynthia-carving-tiles-for-Alaskan-murals-at-Natalie-Blake-Studios

All the murals were carved out and then bisque fired.



Once fired the tiles were ready to be glazed. Natalie glazing the tiles outside under a tarp. The project was so large that the studio needed to glaze outside where the tables could be set up and have more room.


Nick and Natalie flew out to Anchorage Alaska to install the murals during the summer of 2015. Below is a photo of Nick installing Yellow Paintbrush.


The following photographs of are of each of the ten completed murals before installation.

Mural 1 ~ Fireweed


Mural 2 ~ Forget Me Not


Mural 3 ~ Chocolate Lily


Mural 4 ~ Lupine


Mural 5 ~ Sitka Spruce


Mural 6 ~ Jacob's Ladder


Mural 7 ~ Northern Shooting Star


Mural 8 ~ Yellow Paintbrush


Mural 9 ~ Saxifrage


Mural 10 ~ Alpine Arnica


The following photographs show the installed tile murals in the empty cafeteria before school started.





2 Responses to “Service High School, Anchorage”

  1. Xiomara November 12, 2016 at 10:04 am #577943

    Outstanding work. I’m speechless. Congratulations!

  2. NB Studios December 20, 2016 at 7:16 am #577991

    Thank you! We appreciate your comment!
    Please contact the studio if we can ever answer any questions, or help you with a project.
    Thank you,
    Patty for Natalie Blake Studios

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