June 7, 2009
Thanks to my life long friend, Paula, for suggesting I include a couple pieces from the architectural side of my work. This is my main bathroom, for which I spent one summer making the tiles and mirror. Due to the size of the tiles, 9″ x 12″, I could only fire four at a time in two kilns. The installation is comprised of 79 tiles that are each three layers of glass. The color choices reflect my surroundings in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River Gorge, with a small square of purple dichroic glass dancing through the design for sparkle.
It’s difficult to see the detail in the photo above, because my bathroom is so small that it’s impossible to get a good photo of the entire installation! You can see only a portion of the tiles through the mirror & shower doors. The combined tiles are designed ‘bargello’ style, all fitting together in a rhythmic pattern that make me smile during each and every shower.
The mirror reflects the color and quilt-like style, but for variation on the theme, I simply made 1″ squares & placed them in gradated colors. My kiln wouldn’t accomodate the size I needed, so I made it in two parts, connected at the top and bottom with separate 3″ x 4″ tiles.
I had my original drawing for the installer to view as he installed, taped to a nearby wall. I also had the tiles numbered according to where they went. Then to make it easier for him, I drew it out on a large grid and taped the grid to the wall next to the installation. Don’t you know he put in one wall backwards! I won’t go into the details of my angst and subsequent conversations with the installer, but have learned to live with it. Fortunately it’s the back wall and not evident to anyone other than the designer. Below is the layout just after installation (minus the bottom row), each of three walls photographed separately & photoshopped together into a flat plane.