Working on handmade tile makes me feel closer to nature, too. There is an amazing amount of inspiration free for the taking, right in your own neighborhood.
A few weeks ago, we had friends in town, celebrating one's birthday. They had some amazing things planned, including a scuba dive at Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef exhibit. Although I had to teach a class that morning, I managed to get out of the shop in time to join everyone, see the exhibit, and watch our friend swimming with the fish.
Yes, that's a real image of her in the shark tank, she's on the right. Very inspiring, which led me to these new creations in tile...
Well, that last tile was actually inspired by watching The Godfather the other day, and hearing that "swimming with the fishes" dialogue.
A friend of mine suggested some new ideas for tile, and I've been researching some new shapes and styles, before I commit them to clay. Meanwhile, leaves seem to be running through my brain.
If you've got a great glaze, even the simplest shape of a leaf can be amazing. Check out the crystal formations on the glaze below!
Like I said, inspiration is everywhere. Hope your Spring is coming along nicely.