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.

6/24/21

This Week at Wet Dog Tile!

 Hey, everyone!

We'd like to share a few projects we're working on this week! The sun is shining, the dogs are barking, and the tables are full!

We've been hard at work! One of our artists can be seen here putting together our "Swimming Turtles" specialty border from the Ocean Dog Collection.

This is a fun work in progress. This custom mural features our 12" Whale, 6" Large Crab, 5" Medium Sea Lion, 4" Small Sea Lion, and more!

This custom mural features our 7" Large Dolphin, 5" Small Dolphins, 6" Medium Seahorse, 5" Medium Flat Sea Turtle, and more!

This custom mural features a bunch of fun Friends such as the 10" Swimming Mermaid w/ Shell, 10" Diving Mermaid w/ Braid, 8" Large Jellyfish, 2" Shore Birds, and many more!

Ophie and Sly soaking up some sun!

 

Have a great rest of your week, everyone!

6/18/21

Friends with Minor Flaws!

 Hi, everyone!

As some of you may know, we have a page on our website dedicated to finding forever homes for our Friends with minor flaws! Our Seconds page contains a selection of pieces that didn't quite hold up to our high standards and are being offered at a discounted price. Whatever the circumstances may be, these are unique and one-of-a-kind pieces that need loving homes!

We've recently added quite a few new Friends to the Seconds page so we'd like to shine the spotlight on a couple of them! To see the rest, head on over to the Seconds page!


This is our 6" Large Flat Sea Turtle from the Ocean Dog Collection. This piece is glazed in Tub Time and Squirrels. This piece is slightly warped so the fins don't sit flat on the surface. For more details and pricing visit our Seconds page.

This is the 6" Flat Crab from the Ocean Dog Collection. This piece is glazed in Splish Splash and the glaze didn't react how we had hoped when fired in the kiln. For more details and pricing visit our Seconds page.

This is the 12" Lobster from the Ocean Dog Collection. This piece is glazed in Ruff Red (Sponged) and has a small imperfection on its tail. For more details and pricing visit the Seconds page.

This is the 7" Cattail from the Pond Dog Collection. This piece is glazed in Dog Park and Phil the Brindle. The glazes on this piece didn't turn out how we had hoped in the kiln. For more details and pricing visit the Seconds page.

These are our Sea Biscuits from the Ocean Dog Collection. These range from 1.5" to 2.5" and are glazed in Sky Blue. The glaze didn't turn out how we had hoped in the kiln. For details and pricing visit the Seconds page.

Don't see anything you like? There's plenty more to choose from on our Seconds page! We update this page with new pieces quite often so check it out and see what's new!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

6/11/21

Wet Dog on Your Favorite Platforms!

 Hi, everyone!

Social media is important for companies now more than ever before. Not only is it a tool to keep our followers up to date with what we've got going on, but it's a great way to connect with others! Whether you keep up with us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Houzz, Google, or just here on the Wet Dog Blog, we're very thankful for the connections we've made.





 

We try to make each social platform special in its own way by creating content for each platform individually! For instance, our Houzz page features photos and information on specific projects that you won't find anywhere else. On Pinterest we share our favorite installation photos and highlight design details. Here on the blog we share many different things, whether it be a silly dog photo or a special announcement, you can be sure to find it here on the Wet Dog Blog!



Is there anything you'd like to see more of in the future? Let us know on any of our platforms listed above!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

6/4/21

Deep Diving on a Nautical Bathroom Floor Design!

Hi, everyone!

Today on the Wet Dog Blog we'd like to share a project we had the pleasure of creating for a new home in Annapolis, Maryland, which we recently received finished installation photos for. We were asked to create a custom bathroom floor design that stretched from wall to wall, connecting a freestanding bathtub to a walk-in shower. We're hoping to receive more installation photos of this space in the future but for now we were too excited about it not to share!
 

 With the measurements of the space provided, our artists went to work and created a detailed concept drawing with the suggested layout shown to scale. These drawings are common when we're creating custom designs as it helps to visualize what the artists have in mind. Once the concept drawing is approved we cut mesh to size and begin laying out each and every piece individually!


Once the design has been laid out we send a "dry-lay" photo to the client for approval. This particular dry-lay photo was superimposed onto the provided architectural floor plans to make envisioning the whole space easier. As you can see, we expanded the "water" area inside the shower a bit compared to the original per the client's request. Once the final dry-lay photo is approved our artists begin gluing each piece individually to the mesh backing. When the glue is completely dry the artists then number and cut the design up into interlocking sections for ease of shipping and installation. The design is then carefully packaged, shipped, and arrives at its' forever home in a number of days!

 
 We are so happy with how this design came out! This modern bathroom features dark neutral tones and allows the mosaic floor to really pop. Our medley of Mist and Raindrop puddles, Bluff skipping stones, Cobble, Ore, and Boulder Beige pebbles, and a selection of various "Friends" from our Ocean Dog Collection contrast very nicely next to the darker grey porcelain tile surrounding it.

The walk-in shower floor is angled toward the wall where a tileable linear drain sits, so it almost disappears into the design. Our tile is perfect for wet applications like this because not only is it extremely durable but it's also provides great slip resistance! We offer plenty of flatter "Friends" to go along with more dimensional options so we are able to plan the layout based on traffic patterns, creating a design that is comfortable to walk on without sacrificing detail.


A few Friends, including some new flat Starfish and Shells, are used in this design and have yet to be announced on our website, so this is a nice little sneak peek (more to come soon)! We couldn't be happier with this project - it was so fun for us to create and it's so rewarding seeing the final product after it's installed!


We love doing deep dives on special projects like this. Is this something you'd like to see more of? Let us know! 
 
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

5/19/21

Behind the "Behind The Scenes" at Wet Dog!

 Hi, everyone!

Every now and then we share what we've got going on during the week. It could be a few photos of the custom borders and murals we're working on, a look at our Friends to see new additions, or just a cute dog photo! Whatever the case may be, there is always stuff going on behind the scenes of our "Behind the Scenes" posts!

In many posts, and more-so on Houzz, we show the dry-lay photos of custom borders or murals! Have you ever wondered how we get those photos? We use a camera, sure, but there's more to it than just that! We have to fight with the sun for the right lighting, if it's overcast we have to set up the studio lights just right, and worst of all, we have to take these photos in some awkward positions!

We're always happy to share the process of making our Friends and showing off new additions to the Ocean, Lake, and Pond Dog Collections! What we don't always show is the mistakes that happen along the way. Wet clay is an extremely fragile and unforgiving medium and we've got plenty of pieces to show for it. Many Friends on our Seconds page feature small mistakes that can be looked past but we've got an area in our shop dedicated to taking the bigger mistakes and recycling the clay to be made into something new.

This bad boy is our vacuum-powered deairing mixing pugmill. This machine (currently in use, don't mind the mess) takes our old clay and makes it new again. From water, powder, and anything in between, this machine mixes it together and gives us fresh clay to use again!
These are our mistake buckets. Filled to the brim and staring us in the face. Some of these buckets contain bone dry pieces while others contain wet, sloppy clay, also called "slip". We add both into our pugmill and watch our mistakes disappear as if they never happened at all!

Lastly, an addition to our regular posts is photos of the dogs! We have four dogs that are in the shop daily and we're sure you've met them by now. Doggy photo-shoots are a regular occurrence here at Wet Dog but the amount of patience needed to get the right photo is astronomical.

In this photo you can see our secret to getting the "perfect" shot - dog treats!

What else would you like to see from us? Let us know! Have a great rest of your week!