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.
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.
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?
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.