Today In the Studio: Seashell Tiles

A client gave me a handful of beautiful shells she had gathered on Jeju Island (a subtropical island off the south coast of Korea), and asked me to do something with them for her powder room back splash.

I cast each shell in plaster, then created molds for these 4" tiles from the casts. I love the way each detail of surface texture is captured in clay! These are the tiles before their first firing, while I was cleaning up the edges and smoothing the surfaces.