Clay Decor's artwork was featured in an award-winning kitchen in suburban Philadelphia! Harth Builders, working with Tile Gallerie in Dublin, PA, won a 2012 CotY (Contractor of the Year Award) for the Northeast Region Residential Kitchen Remodel Over $120,000. This beautiful renovation includes classic styling and historical design motifs. Here is the article featuring the kitchen from House and Home Magazine (DelValMedia, March 2013):
Move over 2x2 accents! For the first time, thanks to HomeTech Renovations (Fort Washington, PA), we can feature this unique finish as part of a large scale mural!
This mural was created using the Teres 5x5 tile design. Teres, meaning 'elegant' or 'rounded' in Latin, has a raised border along the edge, making it perfect for the Fractured Glaze finish. Subtle almond accents highlight the design where the interaction of Buttercream glaze and Ice Fractured glaze come together. 'Ice' Fractured finish makes the design sparkle as light reflects on the surface of each tile.
The finished kitchen will feature this mural amid handmade 4x8 subway tiles in Buttercream. Hopefully we can bring you the finished kitchen installation soon!
Somehow a lump of clay turns into a tile, and tiles into a mural. Here's how tiles are created and pieced together to form a cohesive single work of ceramic art. Step 1: Turn clay from a 25-pound chunk into a smooth, even slab
Step 2: Press the clay onto the wood mold. We always HAND PRESS every tile--no mechanical presses involved. Truly handmade tile.
Step 3: Refine the Design
Step 4: Create the surround. The surround is typically a 4-part combination of plain tiles cut to the client's specific size needs.
Step 5: Build the Frame/Moldings. Moldings are made from castings of antique picture frames and moldings, and are also hand-pressed.
Step 6: Finished mural dries slowly in the studio. When the clay is dry, every edge will be smoothed with a sponge, then all pieces fired in the kiln; what is called a 'bisque' firing. This takes two days, and fires to 1945 degrees.
Next Steps: After the Bisque firing, the tiles are hand-glazed by dipping into or pouring the glaze over tiles, the backs of each piece cleaned of glaze, then fired a second time to 2100 degrees. This melts the glaze and fuses it onto the tiles. More to come about glaze...
Happy 2013! Clay Decor just developed a new line of crackled glazes. This glamorous new selection of 9 glazes adds a pop of color and sparkle to any interior. Combine small tiles to make a large medallion, or create jewels with smaller decos around the wall--the possibilities are endless!
Fractured Glaze is a specialty glaze with a different personality than our regular finish color offerings. Additional charges apply per square foot (on pricelist 'Policies' page).
Here are some guidelines and options:
- Use on wall tiles only
- Can be applied to tiles 6x6 or smaller
- Used only with tiles with raised borders on the edge
- Small tiles can be pressed into a larger piece of clay to create this border needed around the edge
- Choice of Bone or Gloss White glazes for background/edge/border
- Custom Fractured colors available, inquire about samples and availability
At Clay Decor it's all about custom handmade artwork, made to order just for you. We created a shortcut that trims couture from 6 weeks to GUARANTEED TO SHIP IN 2 WEEKS! Clay Decor has created the most popular designs and bisque fired them. From here, the tiles can be easily custom-cut in the studio on the wet saw and glazed in any of our hand-created glazes: http://www.clay-decor.com/finish-colors.php
Below, are pictures and quantities available. Quantities will be updated Monday-Friday from 8 until 6 PM real-time so you can be certain of the availability. Check back regularly for new designs and updated information.
Concordia: 13 1/2 x 20 1/2 Quantity Available: 4
Quies: 10 1/2 by 6 1/2 Quantity Available: 2
Aurelia Horizontal: 18 x 13 Quantity Available: 2
Aurelia Horizontal Surround: 4-parts, 15 1/2 x 26 (or smaller to your specs) Quantity Available: 2 sets
Quies Imperial: 20 1/2 x 10 Quantity Available: 1
Pomarius: 15 x 13 Quantity Available: 1
Fruit Tableau: 15 x 18 Quantity Available: 1
Irish Lace: 13 x 18 Quantity Available: 1
Fruit Tableau Surround: 19 x 22 Quantity Available: 2 Sets
MOLDING/FRAME OPTIONS: All pieces can be cut to frame the other tiles in the Glaze-to-Go selection (cut to length and mitered corners). Quantities are not posted because we always have plenty on hand in the designs pictured below.
Chair Rail: 2 1/2 wide by up to 14 long
Kallisto Molding: 3 1/2 x 10
Happened: November 15-18, 2012: Delavan Center, 501 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, NY Here are some snap shots of the Pottery Plus event in the Syracuse Ceramics Guild studio this past weekend. If you missed us, be sure to come to Th3 December 20, same location!
Visitors got to feast on a fabulous selection of handmade sculpture in ceramics, glass and metal. Thank you to all who came and made this event a huge success!
Just in case you're wondering, there was a whole additional area (including Clay Decor work) which was not completed at the time I took these photos...and before my camera battery ran out of juice. :)
I am a HUGE fan of architectural salvage. If awesome old homes are going to be destroyed, at least craftsmanship from the past can be preserved in pieces. My favorite source is Gothic City Antiques in Buffalo, NY. Our latest project for the studio involved taking apart an old stair banister & spindles and reconstructing them at a different slope, adding salvage newel posts, and melding an exterior railing/spindle to the works.
Join the Syracuse Ceramics Guild in our gallery at the Delavan Center in Syracuse for Third Thursday, a community event with dozens of open galleries; 5-8 PM! The SCG entrance is on Wyoming street. Anne will be exhibiting both pottery and glass, as well as works from Denise Dowdall and Pam Steele. We'll also have fab finger food and good company!
For more information on the Syracuse Ceramics Guild: http://ceramicguild.com/
For more information on Th3 in Syracuse: http://www.th3syracuse.com/
OCTOBER 6-7 AND 13-14, 2012; 11AM TO 5PM EACH DAY Join us for the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, featuring the open studios of 45 artists! Download a map and brochure at www.ArtTrail.com (or pick up one at my studio when you visit :)). This is an amazing opportunity to see how the artists create their work and to purchase unique fine art items straight from the studio!
Come and see us in the Clay Decor studio! I will be demonstrating how I make tiles and murals, and possibly working on carving a new wood tile mold. There will be plenty of work for sale, and even some discounted seconds. Relax and enjoy with homemade cookies and coffee/tea!