Contains creative techniques for a number of ceramic tile projects with detailed information and instruction on basic tools and materials, glaze application, and techniques for making slab tiles.
Handmade Tile is a contemporary guide for ceramic artists and anyone interested in custom tile installations—from making, designing, and decorating to designing your space and installation. No matter how many years of experience you have as a ceramic artist or how many home-improvement projects you've tackled, nothing prepares you for the unique world of ceramic tile. From concept and design, through firing and installation, ceramic tiling is one of the few places in a home where art is permanently installed as a feature of a room. In Handmade Tile, Forrest Lesch-Middelton shares everything he's learned as the founder and owner of the custom tile business FLM Ceramics and Tile. From his years as a one-man operation to his current production facility, Forrest has seen it all and helps you every step of the way. Whether you want to make your own tile, or want to use artistic and custom-made tile in your home, this book has everything you need. Key features of the book include: Making Tile: key tools, rolling, cutting, extruding Decorating: glazes, image transfer, cuerda seca, underglaze, slip Designing Your Space: tile in context, choosing your tile, codes and standards Installation: removing old tile, backing, preparing surfaces, setting, grouting Galleries and interviews with today's top workings artists in tile round out the package. Featured artists include Allison Bloom, Boris Aldridge, Disc Interiors, PV Tile, and more.
Creating handmade decorator tiles can be fun and easy! This friendly approach to making handmade ceramic tiles demonstrates how to design, fire, and decorate stunning tiles and provides ideas for creatively utilizing them in the home. More than 200 photos guide readers through each step of the creation process and then into four projects: culinary tiles, twig tiles, house numbers, and a mirror. Suitable for every skill level, this book also contains inspiration and insight from established artists from around the country. • Detailed instructions, photographs, and illustrations ensure success • Includes diverse designs and inspiration from artists throughout the country
Br>A wealth of ideas and works from top ceramists who have taught at the prestigious Penland School of Crafts make this book an indispensable resource. These ten talented artists, well known and respected for the particular techniques they have mastered, demonstrate their methods in a series of instructive photographs. They also discuss their interest and affinity with different influences and methods, and present work by other artists whose work they admire. Stunning art, innovative techniques, and thoughtful personal essays illustrate the breadth of contemporary ceramic practice for both artists and collectors. Ten of the finest ceramists in the field-all of whom have taught at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina-here offer master classes in a clay technique for which they are well known. Photographs and insightful commentary capture the skilled, innovative, and sometimes surprising ways they work and think. Youll learn as much about their materials and processes as you do about their influences and aspirations. Clara "Kitty" Couch creates one of her signature large, coil-built terra cotta pots, showing how form and process mature together. Angelica Pozo makes tiles with her own template method, then shows how to build up a relief surface and add vitreous glaze painting to it. Michael Sherrill demonstrates techniques he uses to extrude and carve porcelain forms that become components of his ceramic sculpture. Tom Spleth illustrates mold making, from carving the original plaster form to building the molds to realizing a finished slip-cast porcelain assemblage. Linda Arbuckle demonstrated with her majolica brushwork technique how she marries functional form and decorative surface. Nick Joerling alters his wheel-thrown vessels with straightforward cutting and reshaping methods. Cynthia Bringle shares how she joins wheel-thrown sections to make very large vessels. Joe Bova creates a joined pair of realistic relief sculptures of human forms from clay slabs. Sergei Isopov builds a figurative slab sculpture, then demonstrates his techniques for detailed narrative underglaze illustration. Mary Barringer marks and unifies clay surfaces with rich slip and textural surface treatments on functional forms. Also, a gallery of complementary work from other artists provides additional inspiration. Content: Introduction by Jean W. McLaughlin, Director of Penland School of Crafts The Artists Clara "Kitty" Couch Technique: Coil-Building Vessels "Contemplative Coilings" Hands On About the Artist Gallery of Invited Artists Angelica Pozo Technique: Making & Decorating Tiles "Tile Making: One Approach, Plus a Recipe for Potato Salad" Hands On About the Artist Gallery of Invited Artists Michael Sherrill Technique: Carving Extrusions "A Maker of Things" Hands On About the Artist Gallery of Invited Artists Tom Spleth Technique: Mold Making & Slip Casting "Slip Casting, or Romancing the Plaster" Hands On About the Artist Gallery of Invited Artists Linda Arbuckle Technique: Majolica "Shamelessly Decorative" Hands On About the Artist Gallery of Invited Artists Nick Joerling Technique: Altering Wheel-Thrown Forms "The Altered Pot" Hands On About the Artist Gallery of Invited Artists Cynthia Bringle Technique: Throwing a Large Vessel "The Large (and Small) of Turning and Burning" Hands On About the Artist Gallery of Invited Artists Joe Bova Technique: Slab Relief "Under the Skin" Hands On About the Artist Gallery of Invited Artists Sergei Isupov Technique: Slab Building & Underglaze Painting "A Life in the Studio" Hands On About the Artist Gallery of Invited Artists Mary Barringer Technique: Slips & Surfaces "The Well-Built Surface" Hands On About the Artist Gallery of Invited Artists A Short History of Penland School of Crafts Acknowledgments Contributing Photographers Contributing Artists Index.
As tile becomes a more affordable building material, more people are using it in their homes, and this book presents dozens of ideas for effectively utilizing tile in bathrooms, kitchens, entries, and even mudrooms. Original.
Abandoned lots and litter-strewn pathways, or rows of green beans and pockets of wildflowers? Graffiti-marked walls and desolate bus stops, or shady refuges and comfortable seating? What transforms a dingy, inhospitable area into a dynamic gathering place? How do individuals take back their neighborhood? Neighborhoods decline when the people who live there lose their connection and no longer feel part of their community. Recapturing that sense of belonging and pride of place can be as simple as planting a civic garden or placing some benches in a park. The Great Neighborhood Book explains how most struggling communities can be revived, not by vast infusions of cash, not by government, but by the people who live there. The author addresses such challenges as traffic control, crime, comfort and safety, and developing economic vitality. Using a technique called “placemaking”—the process of transforming public space—this exciting guide offers inspiring real-life examples that show the magic that happens when individuals take small steps and motivate others to make change. This book will motivate not only neighborhood activists and concerned citizens but also urban planners, developers, and policymakers. Jay Walljasper is a senior fellow of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), whose mission is to create and sustain enriching public places that build communities. He is a former editor of The Utne Reader and currently executive editor of Ode magazine. Inspired by European cities, The Great Neighborhood Book highlights practical solutions for the revitalization of North American cities.
'Book Review Index' provides quick access to reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape and electronic media representing a wide range of popular, academic and professional interests. More than 600 publications are indexed, including journals and national general interest publications and newspapers. 'Book Review Index' is available in a three-issue subscription covering the current year or as an annual cumulation covering the past year.
"The importance of Ernest Batchelder as an Arts and Crafts tilemaker cannot be overstated. For his innovation in design, his entrepreneurial spirit, his living his life true to the principles that he espoused, he is a man to be admired by all generations." (Joseph A. Taylor, Tile Heritage Foundation) Ernest Batchelder's ceramic tilemaking enterprise began as a modest backyard venture in rural Pasadena, California but quickly grew to national prominence. In 1908 this enterprising young man left a prestigious teaching position to start his own school and factory, with the goal of establishing a West Coast guild of craftspeople. By 1930 the Batchelder-Wilson Company had showrooms in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, as well as representation in virtually every major city inthe United States. New York, Minneapolis, and Vancouver hosted major Batchelder architectural ceramic installations. Batchelder remained the preeminent leader of handmade tiles in the West until the Depression forced the closure of his operations in 1932. His clients ranged from restaurants to churches to high rise office buildings, although perhaps the most striking installations remain the many fireplaces gracing modest American bungalows throughout the country.
Transform items in your home into beautiful works of art through mosaic patterns! This mosaic pattern book is more than an encyclopedia of mosaic techniques, including project instruction, such as a mirror frame, house number, picture frame, and two- and three-dimensional artworks. Plus, you'll find tips for mosaic tiles for stepping stone and sample mosaics throughout the book! Anyone could make good use of this book with lots of colorful images and step-by-step instructions. Take mosaic supplies, mosaic tiles for crafts, and create!
If you can roll, press, cut, and mold clay, you’ve got the required basics. To do the rest, just let your imagination soar! Bright, colorful pages filled with captivating jewelry, pottery, buttons, and baskets. Choose paint or glaze colors and select a clay. Make flower-decorated pins, lacy tiles, glazed cross boxes, and more.
A comprehensive resource for do-it-yourself designers presents more than two hundred beautiful and diverse designs that can be applied to both commercial and handmade tiles to create personalized effects, in a volume that includes tips on degree of difficulty and application techniques, easy-to-follow instructions, and more than four hundred full-color photographs. 10,000 first printing.
Imagine beautiful mosaic pieces with tiles that you easily create yourself! Mixed-Media Mosaics offers a fresh, new approach to a traditional art form. By making your own tiles from polymer clay, you control the size, shape, color and even the texture, resulting in beautiful finished pieces that include tabletops, boxes, jewelry and shrines. In addition to learning traditional tiling techniques such as working with grout and cutting glass tile, you'll also explore creative options for personalizing tiles: • Discover the magic of mica powders and the regal look they can give to mosaics • Learn quick and easy ways of adding paint to handcrafted and commercial tile • See how easy it is to create molds and cast your own relief tiles • Find ways to add personal meaning to your work with the addition of text tiles • Experiment with the addition of beads, jewelry and other embellishments by embedding them right into the tile! Whether you'd like to complete a mosaic tabletop for your patio, a jewelry box as a special gift, or simply experiment with jewelry, you'll find the inspiration you seek in Mixed-Media Mosaics. Start creating your custom mosaic pieces today.
Provides scores of examples of handsomely designed rooms and of innovative solutions to difficult design problems and includes a source catalog of more than one thousand entries