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.

4/1/21

A Special Installation Featuring Freshwater Fish!

Hi, everyone!

This week we'd like to share a recent project of ours. We received the installation photos from the customers and we are so excited to be able to share with you! This project features some new hand-painted Freshwater Fish and Fly Lures and was the inspiration in the creation of the new Fly Fisherman and Fly Fisherwoman w/ Braid pieces from the Lake Dog Collection! For concept drawings, installation photos, and details, read on!


When a customer comes to us with a vision it is our mission to bring their vision to life. For this project our customers wanted to portray their love for fly fishing! We're not fishing for compliments, but we think our artists did an amazing job!

Our various new Freshwater Fish "Friends" were hand-painted to look like real fish species, such as Rainbow, Cutthroat, River Trout, and more. Our artists studied various fishing lures and glazed them to match. We completed the scene with a variety of our glass, stone, and ceramic mosaics. This mural was framed using our handmade "Dachshund" pencil liners shown below!
 





In this concept drawing we used the same selection of hand-painted Freshwater Fish, Trout, Fluid Fish, and Fly Lures, all from the Lake Dog Collection. This wavy edged border wraps around the entirety of the master bathroom! It flows into the walk in shower, inside the shower niche, over the shower bench, and out through the other side to create a dynamic feel with lots of movement.


The tile installers took their time and hand-cut the field tile surrounding this wavy edged border to ensure a perfect fit.

Another bathroom border with the same feel! A mix of our hand-painted Freshwater Fish alongside our Medium and Small Flat Fish from the Lake Dog Collection. This border takes elements from our "School of Fish" standard 4" border from the Lake Dog Collection.

This border was framed using our handmade "Dachshund" pencil liners from our new Frames, Liners, & Rails Collection.

A fun addition to an otherwise overlooked area of the bathroom, we created this free form puddle to match the custom border along the walls! When designing for a floor it's important to make sure the pieces being used are free of any sharp edges. The Freshwater Fish and Medium Fluid Fish shown above were created with that thought in mind!

Another free form puddle area to draw your attention to the detail! Our tile is made from extremely durable stoneware clay and is suitable for all wet areas, indoors and outdoors!

 This project was a lot of fun for us as it was a step away from our ever so popular ocean-themed projects! With their attention to detail, our artists really made these rooms come to life!

Feel free to check out the new Freshwater Fish, Fly Lures, Fly Fisherman, Fly Fisherwoman, and more from the Lake Dog Collection! These photos and more are available for viewing on our Photos & Ideas page!

Thanks for reading - have a great week!

3/23/21

This Week at Wet Dog Tile!

Hi, everyone!

Spring is finally here and it feels great! The snow is melting, the lake is thawing, and the air no longer hurts our faces when we walk outside.

We'd like to share a few photos of the fun projects we're working on this week. Our tables have been quite full so it's fun to see the different creations currently in the works.

This custom mural takes design elements from our Ocean Dog Collection pre-designed murals "As The Tide Goes Out" and "Are We There Yet?", creating a unique feel, and including additional "Friends" like the 6" Large Crab and the 6" Medium Seahorse.

Another shot of the custom nautical mural above. In this shot you can really see the different glass, called Puddles. We used a mix of Raindrop and Snowflake puddles for this mural. Another difference in design would be the addition of the Glacier Skipping Stones in the top left corner of the mural.

A different custom mural - this one featuring our newer Sea Otters from the Ocean Dog Collection! Between the moody blues from our Deep Ocean Puddles and the pops of color from the 3" Extra Small Starfish and 3" Small Crab, this mural will be sure to grab your attention in any room!

One of our newer additions to our Ocean Dog pre-designed borders, the "Are We There Yet?" border, meant to coordinate with the "Are We There Yet?" mural. On our website we show this border in a 6" width but here it's in a 4" width. As you can see, even our standard pre-designed borders and murals can be highly customizable!

This large custom mural is filling up our largest production table. As you can see in the concept drawing, this mural will have a free-form edge extending out of the shower and into the bathroom floor, as well as a 3D feel as it will wrap up the walls in the corner - super fun! This mural will feature our new flat starfish and shells - more on that soon!

Another shot of the large mural - can you tell what section this is if you look at the concept drawing above?

Ophelia is here making sure our artists are doing their job!

Have a great rest of your week, everyone! Enjoy the nice weather!


2/19/21

New Additions to the Seconds Page!

 Hi everyone!

Today we'd like to shine a little light on our Seconds page where we keep our selection of pieces that didn't hold up to our high standards and are being offered at a discounted price. Some may be glazed in discontinued glazes or have come out of the kiln with unexpected characteristics. Whatever the circumstances may be, these are unique and one-of-a-kind pieces that need loving homes!

Specifically, we'd like to share details on a few new additions to the page - framed and grouted display boards that were once used in various showrooms to advertise our tile! These display boards are no longer needed and have been added to the Seconds page in search for their "forever homes"!

This is our 18"x18" "In The Moonlight" mural from the Pond Dog Collection. We've since updated the design so this board is no longer accurate. Framed and grouted this piece measures 19.5"x19.5". For more information such as pricing and how to purchase visit our Seconds page!

This is an older display board for our pre-designed mural "Kinda Crabby" from the Ocean Dog Collection. We've since updated the design so this display board is no longer in use. This particular framed mural measures 13.5"x19.5". For more information such as pricing and how to purchase visit our Seconds page!

This framed display board measures 13.5"x19.5" and features our 6" Mermaids from the Ocean Dog Collection. This would make a great wall-piece for a kitchen with white subway tile or perhaps a nautical bathroom!  For more information such as pricing and how to purchase visit our Seconds page!

Last but not least, this is another 13.5"x19.5" display board that we have framed and grouted. This features the 12" Lobster from the Ocean Dog Collection glazed in Fire Hydrant. Very simple, yet incredibly pleasing to the eye with the bright "pop" of color from the Lobster! For more information such as pricing and how to purchase visit our Seconds page!

With the arrival of our newest kiln - as mentioned in last week's Wet Dog Blog post - we have begun reorganizing our space to increase efficiency within the shop. One of our main goals is to better organize our Seconds selection... so that will reflect on our website soon! We have many Friends that are looking for loving homes so be sure to check back often!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

2/11/21

This Week at Wet Dog Tile!

 Hi, everyone!


We've had a busy week so far! Take a look at a few orders we currently have in production below!

This custom mural features Friends from the Ocean, Lake, and Pond Dog Collections. A few notable Friends are the 8" Horseshoe Crab, 4" Baby Horseshoe Crabs, 3" XS Fluid Fish, and the 4.5" Jumping Dog (Papa).

Another custom mural! This one is a spin-off of our "Ocho and His Lady" standard mural from the Ocean Dog Collection. A few notable friends in this mural are the 13" Octopus, 3.5" Small Sea Turtle, 5" Medium Sea Lion, and the 2" Shore Birds!

This is part of a much larger custom kitchen backsplash. We'll have more on this soon!
 

Also, our new kiln has arrived! This brings our total kiln count in the shop to 3. With this new kiln we'll be able to boost our glazed inventory as well as keep up with the busy months to come!

Leo and Luna are very excited for the new kiln!

 

Lastly, we've been snowed in for a while now. Our last snow storm brought in roughly 12" of fresh snow! The dogs absolutely love it. Us... not so much. With that being said - we've been inspired by the New England winters and are still hard at work on the new Snow Dog Collection!

Have a great remainder of the week, everyone!

1/22/21

New Installation Photos!

Hey, everyone!

We've recently updated our website's Photos and Ideas page with new installation photos! These are always a fan-favorite and something we enjoy as well because we're able to see our creations installed in their 'forever homes'!

Below we've handpicked a few new installation photos to go into more detail on. To see all of the new installation photos be sure to check our our Photos and Ideas page! Enjoy!


This is a custom nautical mural with matching border that wraps around this large walk-in shower. We created this mural and border combination with neutral colors in mind to not take away the beauty of the natural space! A few notable friends include the 13" Octopus, 7" Medium Jellyfish, 6.5" Algae #1 and #2, 6" Large Crab, and many more.

With most, if not all, of the custom work we do, our artists create a scaled concept drawing detailing Friends, glaze colors, placement, and more. These concept drawings not only visually help our customer with what to expect, but also aid our artists in creating the borders or murals! Along the way things may get moved, swapped, or changed, such as the Tentacles shown in the concept drawing, but the basic design stays intact.

Here is a wide shot of the full installation. We'd like to mention the custom mural is framed using our handmade "Hound" chair rails glazed in Woof White! Feel free to visit our Photos & Ideas page for more photos of this project, including a close look at the mural in detail!


Another custom mural and border combination, this one a little more tropical than the last! This mural features Friends from our Big Guys section, such as the 12" Tropical Fish #2 and the 7" Tropical Fish #5. This mural is framed using our handmade Labrador interlocking rope liner and Hound chair rail from our Frames, Liners, & Rails page.


Last but not least, we'd like to showcase this custom kitchen backsplash mural. Simple and elegant, this mural features a few of our classic Friends from the Ocean Dog Collection, such as the 5" Swimming Sea Turtle, 3.5" Small Seahorse, 3" Small Crab, and more. This mural also features a couple Friends from the Pond Dog Collection, such as the 4.5" Jumping Dog (Papa) and the 3" Blackbirds!

As you can see, the artists stayed true to the concept drawing during layout!

Want to see more installation photos? You're in luck! We've added a bunch of new installation photos on our website's Photos and Ideas page. Whether you're admiring, brainstorming, or looking for inspiration, our Photos and Ideas page has hundreds of installation photos to browse!

Have a great weekend, everyone!