My Aunt Ruth DeVoe said it many times when I was young,
so it must be true.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Our Singing Tiles
We began making reproduction tiles many, many years ago. Customers wanted a white clay body with a crackle glaze, so I manipulated the glaze to not "fit" the clay body perfectly. The crazing in the original tile occurred over many years, but we needed ours to happen as the tiles cooled coming out of the kiln. Crazing happens because the glaze contracts more than the clay body does, creating tension between the two.
We never realized what happy music it would make!! We've even had customers call us with concern, that there is "singing" coming from their newly arrived boxes of tiles. They usually settled down before they are shipped, but the water that the tiles absorb during the setting process will also start the symphony in motion.
Visiting the Johnson Museum of Art on the Cornell Campus
Last weekend my husband and I went to visit our son, Harry, who is a junior at Cornell this year. We took a quick tour through the Johnson Museum of Art, heading up to the 5th floor for the view and a look at these wonderful Babylonian terra cotta pieces.
Look for inspirations from these carving in some of my upcoming tile work!!
Finally complete, all 3 frogs are happily singing away, and ready to be shipped to their new owner. Yes, these projects do take longer than ever anticipated, but the rewards of seeing them complete is many times greater than the anxiety produced by the lengthening of passing time!
Photoshop layout of fireplace for job bid.
Photo of finished fireplace.
Closeup of frogs with black liners above and below.
You can follow the whole process from start to finish on these blog posts -
I always look forward to the profuse and delightful blooms of my daffodil flower beds, which become more abundant and dense every year. The lush grandness of voluptuous bright yellows, as brilliant as the resplendent plumage of the Goldfinch's breast in springtime. For your viewing pleasure I present my daffodils on this April 1st, 2011.
Yes, that is fresh snow on the ground....but, hey - it's not the 6" - 12" that was originally predicted!
To take the sting out of this dreary entrance into April, visit my Etsy Shop and use coupon code APRILFOOLSGOLD and you'll receive 50% off any purchase until 5pm today.