Time to catch up! Remember those tiles I was working on, but didn’t want to share what they were for? Well, here they are in their finished product: tiled mirrors! My dad and I have been working in collaboration to create this new series of work. Over my trip to Maryland for Thanksgiving, I brought my dad over 100 tiles to work with. He is a skilled woodworker and has been building a few “sample” mirrors before trying it out with my tiles. (They really are more than just “samples”, they are beautiful!) This is our first one and I am really happy with how it turned out.
It was fun to be in my dad’s shop and watch him work. I have ventured out to his shop many times growing up, but it was fun to be out there working on our project together. Here my dad has laid out the mirror and tiles to set before he can apply the grout to fill in the tiles and mirror.
Once everything was in place, we had to wait for the grout to dry and harden before it could be wiped clean from the mirror and tiles. (A movie and a slice of apple pie definitely helped the wait!)
The frame for our mirror was made from jatoba wood, which is a Brazilian cherry. It has a beautiful color and grain that complements the blue tiles rather nicely. My dad made a seamless frame with a soft wax finish. The wax gives a nice sheen similar to a lacquer or polyurethane, but softer. The wood is very smooth to the touch and the wax allows for a nice natural finish.
My dad and I are not really “green” people, but we are definitely resourceful! The clay I used for my tiles came from scraps of clay off the wheel that were reconstituted and wedged back into a workable clay. The mirror is reused and the jatoba wood my dad used was salvaged from another studio/business. The wood was put in a “free firewood” pile and my dad snatched it up along with some other really nice wood.
The back of the mirror already has the hardware built into the frame so it is ready to hang. It is currently for sale on my Etsy site. You can check it out here. More things are coming to be added to my etsy site, including more mirrors!