Designing a Fireplace

During the last year, I had the opportunity to create a unique fireplace surround for a family in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The home owner was planning to hang a tapestry of her own design above the fireplace, so we worked together to compose a harmonious space.


My studio assistant Jill Strait and I made dozens of ceramic leaves and custom gray tiles for the background.


With the help of a grinder the tiles were sized, and we laid out the leaves to put together a pleasing composition.


Regina Gaudette and Rika Smith McNally helped me with the installation.


We used thin-set mortar that was dyed with green powdered pigments to attach the leaves to the gray tiles.


After a long day of work, we had a fireplace!




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