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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.

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.)"
  handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake

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

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

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:
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  Here is the carved piece. It will dry for a few days, then go into the bisque kiln:  
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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 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.
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Ceramic wall discs

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

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

New Residential Installation

Our latest Tree of Life mural was recently installed in a residence in Florida.  Each tile was sprayed with two glazes to add richness to the colors. Thanks to John and Mavis, owners ofAvalon Gallery, Delray Beach, FL, for their assistance with this project!
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Tree of Life by Natalie Blake Studio

handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

 
handmade, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios

Tree of Life, ceramic wall art tile by Natalie Blake Studios