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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.

What size should my artwork be?

  Unless you work with an interior designer, it may be difficult to know what size wall art will look best in your space.  When it comes to finding the right size wall art, there are a few tips to keep in mind so that you don't overwhelm (or underwhelm) your space with your art: In general you should work around furniture, using the general rule of covering 1/2 to 3/4 of that area with your artwork.
  • One guideline is that the artwork should take up 4/7 of the selected space.  Here's a math trick to help you figure that the size of the art you need:
  • Measure the width (or height) of your wall space, in inches.  Multiply that number by .57
  • So, for example, if your area is 36 inches wide, you want to look for art that's 20-21 inches wide.
Here's an example of an appropriately-sized mural for this wall. The width of the wall is 96". Using the calculation outlined above, the artwork for this wall should be 54" wide. This ceramic tile mural, Live Oak, is comprised of 12" x 12" tiles, with 1/2" spacing between tiles. So the width of the piece is about 50".  You can see that the mural fills the space nicely, with a nice "frame" of wall around the piece so that the room doesn't look cluttered by the artwork.   sculpted, carved ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake   In the example below the width of the wall is 144".  Using the calculation, the mural should be about 82".  The mural is 75" wide.  Even without using the calculation we can see that the piece fits in the space. A large room such as this, with high ceilings, can take a larger piece of artwork.  The benefit of a ceramic tile mural like this one is that the work can be appreciated from a distance, or up close to see the carving lines. sculpted, carved, ceramic tile mural   ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake   Feel free to contact the studio if you'd like help determining what size ceramic mural would fit your wall. Our tiles are made in sizes from 12" -20" square.  If you send us an image of your wall/space we can Photoshop a mural into the image to give you an idea of what the piece will look like.                                          

Architextural tiles

sculptural, custom, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake We developed this line of tile to showcase at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Show.  It was a big hit!  Each tile is handmade, carved in our signature sgraffito style. The bold, gestural lines accentuate the sculptural undulations in the tile and almost read like topographical lines. These tiles can be grouped in any configuration, customized in any of our sizes from 12" - 20" square, and glazed in any of our 33 rich, luminous glaze colors.   ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake   An interior designer in south Florida is commissioning these tiles for a residential, exterior installation. 15, 12" x 12" tiles will hang as panels and 6, 18" x 18" tiles will be grouted in as a backsplash in the outdoor kitchen.   sculptural, custom, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake       sculptural, custom, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake

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

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      

Art in Healthcare: A Case Study

Barbara Markoff, a corporate art consultant for 31 years, owns Artrageous!, an art consultancy  based in San Diego, CA.  Barbara has placed Natalie's art tile in several healthcare facilities.  She wrote the following case study for us to highlight how she chose Natalie's work for a recent healthcare project.   As an art consultant I am often presented with challenging situations where art is required to hang. This project, the new North Tower at Methodist Hospital of Southern California, in Arcadia, CA was new construction.  The six story building is the newest addition to the hospital’s campus which originally opened in 1957.  The state of the art facility houses the Hollfeld Emergency Care Center on the first floor, a 20 bed ICU unit on the 2nd floor, 40 medical/surgical beds on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors and a cafeteria in the basement area.  
Methodist Hospital of Southern California

Methodist Hospital of Southern California

  The challenge for this project was finding an artist who could create unique, theme-specific artwork for a circular recessed wall in a hospital setting.  My client was looking for a series of tiles that would convey an ocean theme and fit into a circular space.  For this project I needed to find artwork that was three dimensional, light weight, would protrude from the wall no more than 4”, and would fit into a 72” circular recessed wall across from an elevator.    
Handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Wave, handmade ceramic wall art tile

    A perfect solution was to suggest ceramic tiles by Natalie Blake.  Knowing that Natalie would customize the tiles in terms of glaze color and subject matter made her work an excellent choice for this project.   An art committee comprised of two project managers, the chief operating officer, and hospital staff (total of 12 all together) reviewed each artist for the overall art program.  Budget concerns were a factor as well, and Natalie’s work was well priced meeting their allocated cost for the recessed wall.  I recommended a series of 8, 12” tiles to span the area.  Each row of 4 had a contiguous design.   Natalie’s work was selected due to her ability to produce themed artwork in specific colors within budget for this project.  I requested a sample of her work which showed the outstanding technique of carved clay.  Having been a ceramic major in college I was very excited about her attention to detail and design execution.  When I showed her sample to the hospital art committee everyone was thoroughly impressed with her ability to produce what was needed.  In this hospital project there were four, 72” recessed walls within the facility and the decision makers requested a different artist and different art media for each floor.  Unquestionably, Natalie’s work was the ideal candidate for ceramic art. Handmade, ceramic tile mural by Natalie Blake Studios   This project was my first one working with Natalie.  Having visited her website and seen images of other projects, especially in the field of healthcare, helped relieve any reservations I had in moving forward.  The tile sample and accompanying photographs showing other ocean themed works also made selling her work to my client fairly easy.  From the start I found Natalie and her staff to be professional, communicative, responsive, and experienced in handling every facet of the commission.  I especially liked seeing each phase of the project unfold as I was sent images of the unglazed tiles and later images of them glazed.  At all times I was kept abreast of the progress.  When the tiles arrived they were well packaged and beautifully executed.  Once installed at the hospital the feedback was very positive; in fact they among the art committee’s favorite art pieces.  My company offers art in all media and began working with Natalie only recently.  I hope to continue placing her work in my projects.  Many of my clients are in the healthcare sector, and Natalie’s work fits right in with nature themed artwork.        

Train tile, ready to ship

Natalie recently carved this tile, Train, Coming Home. It measures 16.5" x 16.5" and sells for $750, plus shipping. The tile is ready to hang, with our custom backing already on it. Natalie wanted to give a sense of space, thinking of this train traveling in the wide-open Midwest. The lines in this design evoke the flat plains and big sky of the Midwest. An old Plains town architecture is seen in the building on the right.  There's a dream-like quality to this piece as well, given the incongruence of the cross-cutting train tracks intersecting the lines of geography that disappear into the distance.   Contact the studio if you'd like to purchase this piece: 802.254.9761 or info@natalieblake.com handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Our town, Brattleboro, VT, has an old Amtrak station, just next to the Connecticut River that divides Vermont and New Hampshire.  These old train stations are familiar places, welcoming visitors to each town along the river. Tourists arrive, family comes home and many of us launch from here into the wider world.   This image is of the original Brattleboro train station, where the first train arrived in Brattleboro from Boston in February 1849.  In 1966 regular passenger service was terminated and this station was closed.  Today the building serves as the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center.