Saturday, September 20, 2014

Glazed 35th Anniversary tile!

It's very exciting to work in clay - from idea, to creation, then drying the piece, firing it for the first time (bisque), glazing, and glaze firing....a long road to get to the finished piece. And some pieces get many glaze firings after the first. Whenever I make custom pieces I always make at least two extras to make sure that I get one that is perfect. So when I got the original tile that I made for our 35th Anniversary commemorative piece out of the glaze kiln.....perfect....I was very very pleased!!

Brushing glaze onto the tile - I chose one of my favorite glazes - our Azure blue gloss crackle.

The glaze has a touch of periwinkle tone to it.

Our glaze is a high boron glaze and the blue comes from adding a Mason stain at 1/2% to it. The stain has cobalt oxide as the colorant.

The finished, glazed tile

It measures about 5 11/16" square - a non-standard size...which makes sense to me......

A  long haul....but now we're headed towards 40 years!!

I had originally thought I'd add a detail of silver luster to the edge, but now that I see the glazed tile, I don't think that detail is needed.

What do you think??

I'll be posting sales of 35% off on particular items in my Etsy shop. Today's special is on my Roman Soldier Panel. Originally priced at $325.00, use coupon code 35YEARS to make it $211.25!!

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I'm making just 35 pieces of our Anniversary tile, all numbered on the back. Most of them will be going to family, friends, and honored customers...but I will save one for a give-away for one lucky person. Hey, it might be worth something someday!! :>)

Stay tuned for that contest before the end of next week.

Are you interested in having us create a commemorative tile for you? Please contact us at to talk!!

XX Linda@L'esperance Tile Works OO

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Blogger Margaret said...

Beautiful! There have been many designs over the years, and the lily has always been special. I love the choice of glaze.

September 20, 2014 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Linda Ellett said...

Thanks Margaret!!

Hope your headache is better...hopefully we'll see you soon!!


September 20, 2014 at 6:08 PM  
Anonymous Norine Ellett said...

I love reading the history (and remembering brought back so many memories)...the digs, the walk up those stairs in Washington Place, that first space in the Canon Bldg, The Wultex Bldg, and you are the talent forever there. Your work is amazing wherever your are.

February 1, 2015 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Linda Ellett said...

Thanks so much, Norine!!

February 1, 2015 at 3:14 PM  

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