Ceramic tile murals are custom designed and hand painted by tile painting artist, Mimi Ross. Each tile mural is created specifically for the individual clients with their input on subject matter and color. Tile murals are perfect for kitchen back splashes, bathrooms, etc. Because the hand painted tiles are kiln fired, the murals are permanently adhered and can be installed indoors and out.

Books about Tile and Ceramics

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Tile
Limited Availability
By Jill Herbers.
Artisan Sales; (October 1996) .
192 pages (hard cover) in full color.
Hand-painted, glazed, carved, sculpted, machine-stamped--tiles add color, pattern, and texture to both interior and exterior settings. With brightly colored photos and well-written text, Tile traces the history of the medium through various periods and cultures, explains the various types and their manufacture, and offers ideas for utilizing tile in today's homes. And the material needn't be limited to kitchens and baths; there are plenty of suggestions for tiling areas such as stairways, halls, fireplaces, outdoor entryways, pools, and even furnishings.


Ceramic Tile in 20th Century America
$50.00
By John J. Sekora.
Jersey Shore Publications, 2003.
264 pages (oversized hard cover) in color and black & white.
Rediscover the past, the nature of the tile business, its heritage and legacy. Organized by decades the book will take you on a journey through a mosaic of historical and chronological changes and innovations, taking in the social, political and economic happenings that shaped the world and the ceramic tile industry. The words you will read are those of the past through speeches, interviews and over 400 photographs and illustrations from the Tile Contractors' Association, its affiliates and the Tile Heritage Foundation.
 


 Handmade Tiles
$24.95
By Frank Giorgini.
Lark Books, 1994.
144 pages (hard cover) in full color.
In readable and friendly prose, here are all the basics on how to make and decorate tiles by hand, enhanced throughout by the tile work of scores of contemporary artisans from all areas of the United States.


           Tiles and Tilework
$31.50
By Alun Graves.
Victoria & Albert Museum; (November 2002).
160 pages (hard cover) in full color.
No other book provides such a comprehensive account of tiles and tilework. Focusing on techniques as well as design, it will appeal to architects, designers, and ceramicists, as well as to collectors.


20th Century Tiles
$11.00
By Chris Blanchett & Hans van Lemmen.
Shire Publications, 1999.
40 pages (soft cover booklet), almost in full color.
This book charts the development of 20th century tiles and considers how designers and manufacturers met technical and artistic challenges. Design sources are examined. Includes the work of contemporary tile makers who are actively fostering the recent renaissance.


 The Art of IslamicTiles
$45.50
By Gerard Degeorge, Yves Porter
Flammarion; (October 2002). 
288 pages (hard cover) in full color.
This volume presents a broad panorama of Islamic architectural decoration in all it diversity, drawn from a vast area including Spain, North Africa, Turkey, Iran, and the Indian subcontinent.

 American Art Tile 1876-1941
$60.00
By Norman Karlson.
Rizzoli, 1998. Signed by author as requested.
224 pages (hard cover) in full color.
A fully illustrated guide to America's first golden age of tile making - over 3000 tiles from over 150 potteries and manufactories—presented geographically and chronologically. Well researched with glossary and index. A must for every tile collector!


The Art of Handmade Tile
$21.95
By Kristin Peck.
Krause Publications, 2002.
144 pages (soft cover) in color.
Kristin Peck’s friendly approach to making handmade tile will guide you through designing, firing and decorating your own custom-made tiles. You can install your custom tiles around a fireplace or shower, on the floor, in the kitchen, or hang them individually as pieces of art. It’s much easier than you think.

Architectural Ceramics
$27.95
By Peter King.
Lark Books, 1999.
144 pages (hard cover) in full color.
Ceramist Peter King provides clear, step-by-step and fully illustrated instructions for designing, building, decorating, sectioning, firing and installing architectural projects in clay. This book also features the work of over 100 contemporary ceramists.

Architectural Ceramics
$11.00
By Hans van Lemmen.
Shire Publications, 2002.
40 pages (soft cover booklet), almost in full color.
This book charts the history of architectural ceramics, focusing on practical and decorative applications, on architects, designers and manufacturers and on styles and techniques of production and decoration.



 The Arts and Crafts Movement in California: Living the Good Life
$35.00
By Kenneth R. Trapp, et. al.
Abbeville Press, 1993.
328 pages (soft cover) lavishly illustrated with 213 photographs, many in full color.
Chronicles the development of an intensely creative and diverse approach to art and to life. Includes a chapter on the history of California tiles by Joseph A. Taylor.

Ceramic Art of the Malibu Potteries 1926-1932
$35.00
By Ronald L. Rindge, et. al.
Malibu Lagoon Museum, 1988.
130 pages (soft cover) in full color.
With breathtaking photographs of historic tile work, the book relates the fairy tale-like story of the Rindge family and their pottery on the coast. Includes accounts from employees and descriptions of how Malibu tiles were made.


California Tile: The Golden Era 1910-1940. Volume I.
$59.95
Edited by Joseph A. Taylor
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2004.
248 pages (hard cover) with over 850 images in full color.
With text written by preeminent tile scholars, this volume presents the following companies: Acme, Alhambra, American Encaustic, Arequipa, Batchelder, Brayton Laguna, Cal Art, California China Products, Calco, California Faience, Catalina, Cathedral Oaks, Claycraft, D. & M., Dec Art, Gladding, McBean, and Handcraft. Enriched by rarely, if ever, seen archival photographs including historic site installations, the book also contains useful guides to tile terminology and manufacturing techniques.


California Tile: The Golden Era 1910-1940. Volume II. 
$59.95
Edited by Joseph A. Taylor
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2004.
248 pages (hard cover) with over 850 images in full color.
With text written by preeminent tile scholars, this volume offers the following companies: Hispano-Moresque, Kraftile, Helen Greenleaf Lane, L.A. Pressed Brick, Malibu, Markoff, Muresque, Pacific, Pomona, Poxon, Rhead, S & S, Taylor, Tropico, Tudor, Walrich, West Coast, and Woolenius as well as Cellini-Craft, Hillside Pottery, and Monterey Furniture, furnishings containing tiles. Enriched by rarely, if ever, seen archival photographs including historic site installations, the book also contains useful guides to tile terminology and manufacturing techniques.

Making Bits & Pieces Mosaics
$24.95
By Marlene Hurley Marshall.
Storey Books, 1998.
89 pages (hard cover) in full color.
A great mosaic book for drawing on traditional mosaic techniques using gathered pieces of broken pottery, china, glass, buttons, figurines and jewelry.


More About Malibu Potteries1926-1932
$24.00

By Ronald L. Rindge, et. al.
Malibu Lagoon Museum, 1997.
96 pages (soft cover) in full color.
Here’s the most recent information about this now famous pottery-by-the-sea with many unpublished photos including pages from Salesman’s Pocket Catalogue.


Mosaic Techniques & Traditions: Projects and Designs
from Around the World

$34.95
By Sonia King.
Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., 2003.
256 pages (hard cover) in full color.
With the breathtaking work of hundreds of artists on display throughout, this visually arresting book showcases mosaics from all corners of the globe and teaches the skills needed to produce 15 beautiful pieces of your own. The history of the art, tools and materials and techniques come first: bases, adhesives, and grout; shaping and placing tesserae; practical and artistic design considerations; and several methods of creating the actual mosaic. Put that information to use on an array of magnificent international projects, all beautifully illustrated and with the level of difficulty noted.

Paint Happy
$19.99
By Cristina Acosta.
North Light Books, 2002.
110 pages (soft cover) in full color.
Reconnect with the inner artistic spirit of your youth--the imagination, creativity and energy that comes with the release of anxiety and expectation. Cristina Acosta shows you how, with guidelines and advice for painting with joyous abandon. She’ll help you re-think color mixing and design, while developing your on personal style in acrylic or any other medium.

The Tile Club and the Aesthetic Movement in America
$24.95
By Ronald G. Pisano.
Harry N. Abrams, 1999.
112 pages (soft cover), almost all in full color.
Founded in 1877 and based in New York, The Tile Club consisted of a small group of then well-known painters, sculptors, architects, and writers, who met regularly and, among others things, produced art on tiles. Includes an essay on “The Art in Manufacture: English Painted Tiles of the 19th Century” as well as extensive footnotes and bibliography.                                

Victorian Tiles
$11.00
By Hans van Lemmen.
Shire Publications, 2000.
40 pages (soft cover booklet) with some color.
Many illustrations of English turn-of-the-century tiles. Included are a concise history and a section on collecting Victorian tiles. Updated and revised from the 1981 edition.

 

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