by Natalie Blake
“Tree of Life” mural
Are you looking for a unique, artistic wall decorating idea? We have just the thing…
Sensuous and curvilinear, unalun tiles are handmade, sgraffito-carved, high-fired ceramic wall art and backsplash tiles that get their name from their unique undulating quality. These gorgeous ceramic tiles transform your two dimensional wall space into a three dimensional sculpture with a delicate play of light and a surface quality reminiscent of a fine tapestry, quilt or carpet.
Unalun tiles are hand-carved in lush themes, including botanical, figurative and seaform, and finished with thirty-two glazes.
“Tree of Life”, glazed in blue
These extraordinary ceramic pieces from the artisans of Natalie Blake Studios have delighted and inspired residential and corporate interior designers, corporate and public facility art buyers, architectural firms and private home owners.
Our clients appreciate the uniqueness and adaptability of our approach to an ancient, yet contemporary art form.
Lots can be achieved through manipulating direction and and control of light.
Take the opportunity to collaborate in the design of your own one-of-a-kind wall art piece. Work with us to customize your design ideas. We can offer drawings and color consultation and tile samples for you to see and touch.
residential tile mural
Unalun tiles are made by draping 12″ or 14″ squares of clay over simple shapes to create undulation in each tile. Tiles are then carved using the ancient Italian technique of sgraffito, which means “to scratch”. When laid next to each other, the tiles form contiguous or abstract designs that can be expanded to any size. The high-fired, durable, sun- and weather-resistant tile can be grouted into a permanent installation or hung as a tile mural. The modular format of the tiles can be adapted to suit architectural niches, angles, large or small spaces, curved walls, and indoor or outdoor applications.
These decorative tiles are ideal for fireplace surrounds, kitchen backsplashes, bath tile, and wall art.
residential tile mural
In May 2009, Ann Sacks Tile and Stone launched its Blake Studios line of tiles, designed and produced by Natalie Blake Studios. The three organic designs, Nautilus, Botanical and Dahlia were created exclusively for Ann Sacks.
What Interior Designers Are Saying About Unalun Tile:
“Brattleboro, Vermont-based artist Natalie Blake makes tile unlike any other I’ve seen. Her work is beautiful and evocative at the same time. The soothing, sinuous shapes and textures of her wall-hung mosaics draw attention to themselves without shouting. The stories they tell are purposefully incomplete. Her work requires an observer to fill in the blanks and connect the dots. It’s observational, conversational, participational art. Brilliant, beautiful work; all of it.” Paul Anater
Kitchen and Residential Design
You can see the work at: www.unaluntile.com