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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.

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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.

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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."

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~ Visit ~

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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

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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.

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

Tile Wall Art That “Pops” at Fireworks Restaurant

When Fireworks Restaurant in Brattleboro, Vermont, was putting on the finishing touches before opening four years ago, owner Matt Blau invited us to install some of our ceramic tile art in the restaurant. He said, "Do whatever you want. You tell me what you think would look good."
After those magic words, we brought some ceramic wall art tiles that we had in stock to the Brattleboro restaurant and began looking at color and design. Our rich glazes worked really well against the wall colors and our designs seemed to fit naturally with the other design elements in the space.  Almost on their own, these two ceramic tile murals found their home on the painted walls. The persimmon-colored abstracted tree, hung on the diagonal, added the perfect "fiery" entrance greeting to make the customer feel at home in the warm, vibrant surroundings and ready for good food.  The mural is set for the perfect feng shui to provide a sense of invitation and arrival.

Ceramic Wall Art as Restaurant Art, Natalie Blake Studios

The turquoise and burnt oak glazes on the long two-tier "window" of tiles absolutely popped over the rich dark purple black hues of Benjamin Moore's paint color "Tulsa Twilight 2070-10". We decided on a simple and straightforward presentation of the tiles that sit over the side bar. They present almost like a transom window at slightly higher than eye level to add sophistication and elegance.

Vermont Tile Wall Art in Restaurant, Handmade Ceramic by Natalie Blake Studios

Vermont Tile Wall Art in Restaurant, Handmade Ceramic by Natalie Blake Studios

On a recent visit to the restaurant Natalie received the following list of patron's quotes about the art tiles from the manager:

"Love the texture and color!"

"They are decorative, yet finely crafted."

"Love the botanical elements."

"Understated elegance."

"Love that the artist is local."

We love working with local businesses, and our wall art tiles are also installed in the second Fireworks Restaurant in Keene, NH.  Not only are the businesses, and their owners, our friends, but we have the pleasure of seeing the art transform a space whenever we explore Brattleboro.

Placing our art in restaurants and doing an installation like this is so much fun for us. It's always a pleasure to find a blank slate, so to speak, to get creative, to work with the client, and to complement existing design elements from the space.  It really gets our creative juices flowing!

New Installation

This grouping of 12", 14" , 16" and 18" tiles was recently installed in a residence in Baltimore.  The couple met Natalie at the American Craft Council show in Baltimore in February.  When Natalie returned to Vermont, she put together a grouping for them which Nick, Natalie's fiance installed last week. Here's what the homeowner says:
"Thank you for all your design ideas, suggestions and offering to sell your stock tile.  I must admit - had you initially told me a tile display for my sized wall was going to cost $9000, I probably would have shelved the tile idea.  Having the tiles here, seeing their beauty and creating a design to fill the space completely threw my initial budget out the window - rightfully so.  A smaller arrangement just wouldn't have been as dramatic or fitting for the wall.  (I even wondered if we should have used more.  Can always add.)"
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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

Tree of Life installed in women’s crisis center

This piece was recently installed at SafeNet Services, a women's crisis center in Tulsa, OK.  The piece was commissioned by Art Collections, Inc. in Tulsa.   The piece measures 54" w x 108" h.  It is glazed in cashew, pumpkin, adobe, honey, moss, medium jade and bark.  
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Tree of Life, handmade, ceramic wall art tile

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

   

Our tiles are sculptural–see for yourself!

Here's a piece that will hang above a fireplace. We took this image in the hallway of our studio and then were able to successfully capture the undulation and carving by taking a side view image of a few of the tiles. Our tiles are sculptural--they are dimensional due to the way that we shape the clay over forms. We then add texture by carving the design through a layer of slip. This technique is called sgraffito. And the icing on the cake is our glaze. We have 33 to choose from.  This piece is glazed in yellow, teal, adobe and turquoise.  We used these glazes to achieve a matte finish, which was the customer's choice.  
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Tree of Life mural with closeup of tile

Natalie Blake Studios Tiles in New England Home Magazine

The studio's Botanical tiles are pictured in the Elements section of New England Home's October issue. The section highlights "striking kitchen and bath materials from around New England." As the write-up explains, "Natalie Blake Studios uses the technique called sgraffito for its undulating tiles, carving free-hand to ensure the unique character and exquisite delicacy of each one.  As functional as they are beautiful, they would make a sensational backsplash, though many of the studio's clients hang them on the wall as art." We are proud to be a New England-made source for fine wall art and backsplash tile.
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Natalie Blake Studios tile mural in New England Home magazine

Here are two versions of the tile mural, one in cream, one in honey:
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Botanical Cream

 
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Botanical, glazed in honey

  The mural certainly makes a beautiful backsplash:
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