Archive for the 'Ceramic art Tiles' Category
Be so kind to view the development of this project here.
The demand for pattern as a decorative element is back! Interior designers, architects, clients, … have a healthy appetite for geometric designs, and not exclusively for wall use BUT on the floors as well.
The tiles were specially made to be flat and the patterns were all hand painted on a porcelain based clay body.
Hele’ Oosthuizen specialize in the realistic rendering of Fynbos, Proteas, Birds and lately Cheetahs in a Bush veld scene.
Her career started at Southern Art Ceramic Design when she decided to halt her final year of a music degree at Stellenbosch University in favour of ceramic art.
The themes range from immaculately realistic fynbos and floral studies to the ultra realistic portrayal of bird species. Her work is unique in the South African art sphere as she utilizes the most fickle of mediums – the ceramic process!
Here is some of her smaller format work that sold recently.
Her ceramic work is bold and intense, some extroverted and flamboyant but always sensitive and peaceful.The preferred media that she works in is on a clay canvass using complex ceramic processes. Her inspiration for the special technique she uses in painting comes from being an avid bird watcher and living in Hermanus, surrounded by a World Heritage Site with one of the most spectacular diversity of the Fynbos biome.
Her development has not been defined by any formal field of artistic education, this provided her with the freedom to develop and nurture her natural skill to her own accord, resulting in a definitive, unique style and her ability to portray her subject matter in a style seldom seen in ceramics today.She continues on her journey of artistic exploration, and her work continues to increase in quality, stature and scale.
Her reputation as an artist capable of combining simplistic beauty, grace and flair in a style that has completely become her own has been recognized by collectors the world over.
The ceramic art murals and framed art, with a hearty splash of colour, will harmonize your daily life and offer a comforting embrace.
We received this very special commission from Gert Gertzen Interiors for a prestigious new residential home on a farm near Stellenbosch.
We will be needing 16 sq meter plus waste ? of tiles all of the fade look …..like 2-the farm yard , 1 delft style , 2delft style all with the grey back ground must have an old look about them.
Can you give me a idea of price before we going any further…..as my client loves your product.”
The final choice was the 1 in 3 image, with not one image repeating. Hundreds of farm animals, figures, birds, flowers, etc. were researched and hand painted in minute detail.
This new residential home is designed and build within the true Cape Dutch Vernicular but the request was for a Delft-style hand painted tile that was soft and not in your face. The artist received cartblanche with the decorative work and they proceeded at full throttle to paint hundreds of different images.
The animals, mostly related to farm-life, includes pigs, dogs, horses, sheep, cows, etc. and birds like roosters, chickens, ducks, peacocks, etc.
The figures were based on children playing, adults at work and play, hunters, horse riders, etc.
This property is newly redeveloped near Lanzerac in Stellenbosch, and a close resemblance of activities and farm life will be experienced when the viewer engage with these unique tiles.
The pre-fired tile looks quite different from the final product. Special clay bodies and glazes need to be used to achieve this high quality tile and unique finish. Originally Delft was based on low-fired Majolica glazes, but we seldom use low-fire techniques due to the high quality expected from professional teams.
Some of the tiles at the studio before sorting and dispatch. This order for 1700 tiles necessitated the production of 4200 tiles to ensure a successful delivery within the deadline received for this project.
“Ten einde laaste is die mure geteel en lyk baie goed………”
We are still waiting for the images of the final installations and I dearly hope to receive the approval to display it publicly on our websites.
Colour, it is personal, it is what you make with it, it is just …. so much more …. it is fun, happiness …. it is you … but it is also a shared emotive response …. !
Look a the following personalized example - matched a gloss transparent glaze to perfection with the colour on the paint swatch cards from Plascon/Dulux.
The colours are not from any one pure pigment but is mostly based on a monochromatic base glaze with the addition of a specific coloring agent.
The R&D left me with several options, I could have opted for a glossy transparent look, or a glossy solid dimension to the colour presentation of the tile. Even a matte option can produce very favorable results - it all just depend on the brief!
The following image was e-mailed to the the prestigious Malibu Softs Interior Team, who subsequently commissioned us to produce flat handmade tiles with graphic designs interpreted by Danela Conti. The brief from the client was clear - simulate the ambiance of this kitchen. Another contract from Malibu - Read more ….
Gillian, our head designer, formulated the presentation and the colours. To achieve the soft tonal effect a variety of blue colours were applied by hand. Tones of a single colour were achieved by the use of a soft brush and the delicate hand painting of the geometric designs.
We hope to receive permission to publish the final installation pictures, and will update this post then.
The floor to ceiling concept with graphic patterns, in specific colour fields or even with a variety of bright colours is becoming a firm favorite with clients wishing to create an awesome focal point within their interior spaces.
Southern Art Ceramic Design will be focusing on the development of new concept tiles that could perfectly blend in with even the sleekest of ultra modern designs - the designers will pay special attention to fine handcrafted details and technological interceptions, that can aid a small specialized studio in the production of special individualized concepts.
The Tiles above are based on geometric designs, inspired by the image for this project. It could easily be interpreted as North African or Moroccan, and will be a magnificent addition to any pool, fountain or seaside lodge. The bottom row is a design, from a series of ours some 15 years back, a classic and still an eye-catcher!
I was not fortunate enough to visit the Oyster Box Hotel, but a friend was, and she forwarded some images of the entrance panel that was commissioned from our studio.Due to the picture being taken at lunch time the colours are washed out, but at least one can get an idea.Read more… about the professional team behind this project.
To all our followers - Hot Foot It to The Oyster Box Hotel for early morning champagne and a few photos for us here in the Cape!
The sketches are beautiful and will present perfectly on our high quality tiles. It will be hand painted by Hele’s our artist specializing in delft and in the artistic rendering of client’s homes.
They provided four images - some stronger and others very light in tonality - all of these images will need time and labour allocated to it, as it need to be edited and enhanced, before the actual testing and painting can progress.
The tile above is one of the first sample using a high quality clay, but not pure enough to provide the whiteness needed in this case - an expensive imported super white porcelain will be my choice clay - but at a price, and why not - these decorative artworks demand the best clay canvass money can afford!
Slowly but surely the artists at Southern Art Ceramic Design, working from their well equipped studio in Hermanus, are creating some large life-size ceramic tile murals like you have never seen before!
The above mural is available at R52 500 and measures 1300mm x 975mm. For four weeks Hele’ Oosthuizen prepared and painted our beloved Walker Bay with the world renowned flora, “Cape Fynbos”, in the foreground.
We hope to achieve our goal and to successfully achieve the first murals larger than 1.8m x 2,4m soon … slowly progressing to tile murals much…much larger!
It was quite a joyous occasion when this ceramic tile mural, 975 x 1625mm, was unpacked from the kilns, and not one tile broken! At R57 250 this mural can be yours or commission Gillian Greer for a ceramic art mural to adorn your walls.
It took us 20 years to progress to this stage where we can afford to attempt large scale work like this, and a dream will come true if we can accomplish to create even larger murals on a full-time basis! So hold thumbs and I promise you all even more exhilarating ceramic art in the near future!
This wall has been changed with the addition of a custom made Tile Panel bringing life and functionality to a often overlooked area for exterior design - the PATIO!
Our designers presented a delft style bird theme picking up on the blues and scrolls as can be seen on the pots in front of the wall.
The background was glazed using several techniques to diffusing the glaze so as to mimic an old antique patina.
“When we braai, the wall can now be safely used by us males … just one wipe and it is clean - no repainting after every stain!”
Visually the arttile panel enhances this outdoor area, the blues have a cooling effect in the summer and the birds will engage all your guests in happy conversation.
The wall was accurately pre-measured and then scaled to allow for shrinkage during firing. No cutting was necessary around all the metal work at four points or anywhere else - and this on a wall that is crooked with no squared corners. The tiles were delivered all numbered to match a corresponding diagram that the contractor could use when installing an intricate ceramic mural like this.
Revive A Wall - a small decorative alteration with a HUGE EFFECT!