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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.

Beautiful installations

These 14" x 14" sculptural, ceramic art tiles were installed at the Stonebridge Country Club, Boca Raton, FL in 2009.  They've been one of our most popular installations with their rich, persimmon glaze and abstract designs.  A designer from Florida recently came by the studio and said that she'd seen this piece in "her" country club and  now wants to order an abstract design for one of her residential clients.  
Handmade, sgraffito-carved ceramic tile by Natalie Blake

42" x 42", Stonebridge Country Club, Boca Raton, FL, 2009

  Another great installation: 18" x 18" abstract blue tiles. The carving lines and ripples in the tiles complement the ripples in the water.
handmade, ceramic wall art by Natalie Blake

Blue Ripples, 72" x 126"


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!

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.
handmade, ceramic wall art tile

Natalie Blake Studios tile mural in New England Home magazine

Here are two versions of the tile mural, one in cream, one in honey:
handmade, ceramic wall art and backsplash tile, Natalie Blake Studios

Botanical Cream

handmade, ceramic wall art and backsplash tile

Botanical, glazed in honey

  The mural certainly makes a beautiful backsplash:
Natalie Blake Studios handmade, ceramic backsplash tile

Botanical, handmade, ceramic backsplash tile

New Installation of Ceramic Art Discs

  These ceramic wall discs were commissioned by Art 3 Gallery, Manchester, NH for an outpatient surgery center north of Boston, MA. We worked with the art consultant to choose tile sizes and colors, using her direction on design and layout.
handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall discs by Natalie Blake

Ceramic wall discs

  Here's a closeup of one of the discs:
Ceramic wall disc by Natalie Blake Studios

Ceramic wall disc by Natalie Blake Studios

  Click on the image to watch a short video of our process:  
Making ceramic wall art by Natalie Blake Studios

Making ceramic wall art by Natalie Blake Studios

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



New piece for healthcare installation

This piece was commissioned for a hospital lobby. The piece measures 36" wide by 24" high.  It is glazed in Robin's Egg, Jade, and Honey, with a touch of Adobe on the center of the flower.   We think it would also make a beautiful backsplash!  
handmade, ceramic wall art and backsplash tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Botanical abstract, 12" tiles

Installation Shot

Thanks to Barbara Markoff for this installation shot.  Barbara is an art consultant with Artrageous! out of San Diego.  The 8 tiles were installed on a 72" recessed circular area in a wall off the elevator at Methodist Hospital of Southern CA, Arcadia, CA Barbara's quote: "Thanks again for the beautifully executed tiles."      
handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tiles

Wave, installed


handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tiles

Wave, 12" tiles

Working on a new mural

We're working on a new piece, a Tree of Life for a hospital installation.  Here are the tiles, partially carved.

handmade, sgraffito-carved, ceramic wall tile

Carving a tile


Click on the image below to view a short video on our process:

Natalie Blake Studios, handcarved ceramic tiles

carving a tile video