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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 info@natalieblake.com.    

Perry Harvey, Sr. Park

A History Through the Art

Perry Harvey, Sr. Park, Tampa, FL Located at 900 E. Scott Street, the park is a place where generations can come together to share the history of the Central Avenue, through art, music, and cultural attractions.





Clay Tile Murals by Natalie Blake Studios

The Encore!® trio of murals, was made by Natalie Blake Studios This Public Art Installation was commissioned by the City of Tampa and Bank of America in 2014 as part of the Perry Harvey, Sr. Park.




History of the Scrub and Central Avenue

City-of-Tampa-Perry-Harvey-Park-Natalie-Blake-Studios-H "The Scrub, once Tampa's oldest and largest African American neighborhood, traces its history to just after the Civil War, when newly freed slaves built homes in a scrub palmetto thicket outside of the Town of Tampa. The heart of the Scrub was the Central Avenue Business District."


~ Visit ~


If you are in Tampa, Florida be sure to visit the park, and wander through the neighborhood! If you see the three Natalie Blake murals, send us your photos so we can add them to this post! Thank you!

Perry Harvey, Sr. Park 900 East Scott Street Tampa, Florida Information for Perry Harvey, Sr. Park: Phone: (813) 274-8854 Email: specialevents@tampagov.net


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.

Working on a mural

  Natalie is working closely with a client to design a wall mural for the client's living room.  Using tiles we have in stock, Natalie has designed this piece, comprised of 16", 14" and 12" tiles. The client emailed Natalie an image of the rug in the room; the vibrant colors in this mural play very well with the client's color scheme. According to Natalie: "I really enjoyed putting this grouping together and could have kept tinkering and moving all day.  The spacing is, of course, not correct, but this is really just a first take on colors, design and general layout."       handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake


We're working on a 36-tile commission for a hospital installation.  The image below shows the center grouping of 18 tiles.  They are carved and awaiting the bisque firing. Cynthia has been creating this piece and wrote the following about it: "As I carved this grouping I kept thinking about the scrap quilts I've been making. Each square seems like it's extracted from a larger pattern. Each pattern has a different history. We put them together and the eye flows from one to the next creating a new order and harmony."   center carved
Cynthia's quilt

Cynthia's quilt

red quilt bed   Here is a Photoshopped rendition of the tiles, installed in the space they will eventually adorn. handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake      

Creating a new mural

Corporate Art Group, Warwick, RI, recently commissioned a Tree of Life ceramic tile mural for a residential client. The mural will be installed on a cobblestone-like fireplace.  Stay tuned for an installation shot.   Here is the sketch we prepared  for approval by the client  

Sketch for Tree of Life tile mural

Here is Cynthia, carving the piece:
handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

carving ceramic wall art tile

  Here is the carved piece. It will dry for a few days, then go into the bisque kiln:  
handmade, ceramic wall art tiles by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life mural, carved, awaiting bisque firing

  Here's what Cynthia had to say about this piece:   "The placement of the leaves on a tree is determined by the leaves' access to sunlight.  As I carve, my lines are determined by the placement of the leaves.  Similarly, the carve lines of the trunk are determined by the branching patterns.  While the trunk lines don't look like any particular kind of bark, they represent the awesome transformation of energy that happens to create these magnificent forms. There's an order that comes out of that process that reflects the order of the natural world."    

New Healthcare Installation

Thanks to Barbara Markoff, corporate art consultant, Artrageous! San Diego, CA for these photos. She commissioned these wall tiles for a waiting area in a hospital.  We worked closed with Barbara to get the right designs and colors for the space.  Each mural is 48" wide x 24" high.    
handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Natalie Blake tiles installed in hospital waiting room, Artrageous! San Diego, CA

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


handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios


handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios



More images of the Hawaii installation

We just received more images of our tiles installed at the Hawaii residence. We made murals and name plates for guest suites at a residence in Hawaii. See our earlier posts on this project.


These latest murals are glazed in  russet, persimmon, jade and turquoise.  Click here to see closeups of each of these murals.



Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic wall art tile

Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic wall art tile, residential installation

Natalie Blake Studios handmade ceramic wall art tile

Natalie Blake Studios handmade ceramic wall art tile installed in Hawaii

Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic wall art tile

Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic wall art tile, residential installation


Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic wall art tile, residential installation

Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic wall art tile, residential installation




Mural hangs in Hawaii

This piece, called Mauna Kea, is installed on a stone wall in a garden at a Hawaiian residence.  Natalie met the clients at the Philadelphia Museum Show.  They saw her work and commissioned a mural to decorate this wall, which blocked their view of the volcano, Mauna Kea (side note: it's the highest point on the island of Hawaii).  They wanted a piece that would "show" them the volcano. Natalie embellished the design with flora from the island, including the wild ginger plant. Natalie's fiance, Nick, installed the piece.  His meticulousness ensured that the tiles are straight and inline with each other--not an easy task on an irregularly-shaped, stone wall. Here's what the client says about the piece: "Your work just keeps on amazing us.  We love our volcano, especially during the evening when the setting sun lights it. I also love the face that inadvertently showed up in the clouds to blow the wind.  Absolutely genius." Ceramic Wall Art Tile, Outdoor Art

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

Ceramic Wall Art Tile, Outdoor Art