After you’ve checked out our site, we’d love for you to come by and see the daily goins’ ons at our quirky handmade tile studio in the sticks of southern New Hampshire. If goofy dogs, cool tile, and an eclectic group of former interior designers, high end tile sales consultants, and art school dropouts having fun making tile, and often times experimenting with all things awesome is your thing, then our blog will be right up your alley. Even if its not, it’s a fun way to look into the magical world of handmade tile.

3/21/19

This Week at Wet Dog Tile!

Hey, everyone!

We'd like to show you what's going on here at Wet Dog this week.

We've got quite a few different things going on so we'll give you a quick look at everything!



Our work tables are full with a bunch of different orders. Between standard and custom designs, our tables are almost completely full!


Above is a closer look at a custom mural we're working on that features a custom lighthouse we wrote about in a previous blog post! It's coming along quite nicely!



We're still hard at work on creating moldings! We're trying some new techniques, hoping to streamline the process so we can begin to sell three styles of moldings by mid-Spring - Cornice, chair rail, and pencil liner moldings.



Yesterday was the warmest day we'll have all week and we were running low on Bluff, one of our textures, so we went outside and made more! When we have the desired pieces (shown right) they go into a tumbler to smooth out the edges and result in our Bluff skipping stones!

We've got plenty of things keeping us busy this week! We're glad to finally be in Spring... hopefully the snow will go away sooner rather than later! Have a great week, everyone!

3/5/19

Behind the Scenes: Moldings!

Hey, everyone!

This week we'd like to talk about something we briefly mentioned a few months ago but have been pretty quiet about since...

Moldings!


In October 2018 we posted a blog post about our pugmill and what it's used for. In the same post we unveiled that we were starting to create moldings in hopes of, in time, being able to offer them as an accompaniment to a border or mural made by us. The moldings could be glazed in any of our available glazes to match your border or mural. We were in the very early stages of our testing then and haven't mentioned it since - until today!


We've come a long way since October and we're still on track to offer these in Spring 2019! There are some minor details we still have to work on but, for the most part, everything has gone great. 

Next week we're ramping up production on these bad boys so we'll be sharing some more happy news soon. In the meantime, have a great rest of your week!




2/26/19

A Closer Look: the Custom Lighthouse


Hey, everyone!
For the past couple weeks we've been working on a Lighthouse piece. We recently had a customer come to us asking if we had any lighthouses, and since we were thinking about creating one eventually, we figured this would be a good time to start.  For now, the Lighthouse is a "custom" piece that may or may not be changed before being added to our line of artisanal, handmade tile.

The lighthouse was modeled after the Fire Island Lighthouse in Fire Island, New York. While it's not an exact replica, our version has love hand-carved and hand-glazed into it, making it just as special.



Are there ideas for tile you'd like to see and we don't already have? Let us know in the comments below!

Have a great week!

2/18/19

A Closer Look: Mermaid

Hey, everyone!

Today we'd like to take you through the process of making one of our 6" Mermaids from the Ocean Dog Collection. From start to finish, we'll show you the stages and give you the details on how it's made. Let's go!


We start with a chunk of clay. It's not pretty, we'll be honest. It will, however, be turned into something pretty! We take this clay and press it into our Mermaid mold. Once pressed it actually stays in the mold for a few hours. While it stays in the mold the clay starts to dry and shrink, resulting in an easy retrieval from the mold once the time comes.



This is what it looks like when it comes out of the mold. It's a bit drier and can be handled without ruining the detail. In this stage we take a close look to see if there are any imperfections as well as clean up the edges to make the next stages a little easier. From here it goes onto our drying racks so it can release most of its' moisture to avoid breaking or shattering in the kiln. 



This is what it looks like when it comes out of the kiln. To the eye it doesn't look much different, but you can definitely feel the difference when you hold it in your hand. Because it was fired it's now much stronger and more durable. This is how we store most of our stock. The cool thing about what we do is that our customers have such a wide variety of glaze options to choose from, so when a customer orders a piece from us we're able to glaze it however they like!


Glaze colors in order from top to bottom:
Hair: Big Moe Brown | Skin: Otis' Oatmeal | Starfish: Big Moe Brown | Tail: Sky Blue
Hair: Bailey's Cream | Skin: Otis' Oatmeal | Starfish: Catfood | Tail: Tripod Teal
Hair: Bailey's Cream | Skin: Otis' Oatmeal | Starfish: Catfood | Tail: Splish Splash
As stated above, with so many different glaze options to choose from, the combinations are endless! These are three 6" Mermaids we have in our glaze inventory at the moment. These were glazed by hand and then fired once more. You may notice the unglazed area of clay separating the hair and tail we call a "land bridge". The land bridge, although visible now, is actually recessed below the surface and will be covered in grout during installation, so the shape of the Mermaid really comes out! This is the final result and what we use in our borders and murals!


Are there any other "friends" we offer that you'd like to see step-by-step like this? Be sure to leave us a comment! Have a great week, everyone!

2/6/19

A Closer Look: Wavy Borders

Hi, everyone!

This week we'd like to share a current project, as well as some of our past ones, to show you that borders and murals from Wet Dog Tile can truly be any shape and size you wish! Sometimes you may want to think outside the box and go for a wavy design. Below you'll see our current project as well as a few of photos we've handpicked to showcase what we mean - check them out!

This is the sketch for our current project that features a wavy border
As you can see, in it's current state it's pretty much identical to the sketch! 

Our current project is a fun one. We've created a 22"x30" mural with a matching border - but this border is a little different. The top edge has winding curves throughout its' entirety and flows through the mural for a continuous feel, resulting in quite the fun look! It may be hard to envision in this stage, so below are some similar designs we've done to give you an idea...






As you can see, it's always fun to switch it up! With that being said, there's nothing wrong with the classic straight-edged borders and murals - it's just fun to do something funky when it's an option!

Have a great week, everyone!