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Tile as Art

Handmade tile is dreamy.  The imperfections add character.  The differences in the glaze and color with each firing are charming.   It is organic and functional and beautiful.

Blue Heron Tile. Leif Sporck Tile Art.

I feel lucky to have worked with Leif Sporck, of Lake Leelanau, Michigan, on two separate building projects.  His artistry captures the rhythms of nature and is a beauty to behold.  I know its only tile, but it is sublime.

Leif’s art fair set up at the Leland Artists Market.

The hard part is choosing!  Do you want multicolored, hand painted tiles?  Do you want a solitary glaze but different images?  Do you want a large keystone piece to anchor a fireplace or kitchen?  Do you want to design your own?

Gorgeous Trillium Tile. See Leif’s web site for every wild flower imaginable.

Also, I have a little bit of an obsession with glass fishing net floats.  Leif is a great resource for these and collects them from all over the world.  He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the histories and origins of the floats he sells.  From Japan to Norway, these little guys would tell a story if they could talk.

I love the array of blues and greens.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great tiles! Love the color of the green on the Trillium tile! Nice blog!

    July 26, 2012
    • I agree about the color. Sometimes color can be just right (or just wrong!). Thanks!

      July 27, 2012
    • Thanks so much! Leif is a great artist and his colors are amazing. So true to nature and not at all “odd” as some are.

      August 10, 2012
  2. Melani,

    You are very welcome!!! I was a lot of fun working with you!!!


    November 14, 2012

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