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Ceramic Tiles

Public Art by Clay Squared to Infinity

Ceramic Tiles have been used for public art for over 2000 years dating back to the Roman and Egyptian times. Ceramics are one of the longest lasting human made materials ever produced and tell the story of how each culture lived. Clay Squared to Infinity has done a number of public art projects and collaborated with dozens of artist on their public art projects using our tiles with their designs. If you are interested in using our tiles in a public art piece please contact us and we will give you a run down on all your options.

Ranchero Mirage Library photo

Ranchero Mirage Library

In 2006 working with Meyer, Scherer, and Rockcastle Architects,Ltd. MS& R Josh created a donor wall of four designs created by MS&R, a road runner, ram, tortoise and lizard. Over 50 donors contributed to the project to create this outdoor round stair case reading area. Each design was turned into a rubber stamp and impressed into the clay and Josh glazed each tile leaving the impressed area unglazed. The names of each donor was hand stamped with a choosen font for the whole project and each letter glazed by hand and fired. 

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East Side Coop Commission photo

East Side Coop Commission

Daucus Carota
10'h x 3'w x 3'd

This steel and mosaic carrot sculpture is installed at the Eastside Food Co-op at 26th and Central Avenue NE in Minneapolis, MN. It was designed by Clay Squared to Infinity.

A collaborative artistic effort, Dirk DuBois constructed the steel frame while Sheryl Tuorila designed and set the mosaic tiles in the sculpture. Handmade ceramic tiles from Clay Squared (made by Josh Blanc and Greg Good), and handmade glass tiles by FK Art Glass adorn the 10-foot tall carrot.

Daucus Carota is even featured at the Carrot Museum.

Minnesota State Capitol Historic Tile Reproduction photo

Minnesota State Capitol Historic Tile Reproduction

Completed in 1995, this historic reproduction was Josh's first large scale project. 1800 square feet. These tiles were reproductions of Guastavino Tiles 6" x 12" grooved tiles. The colors ranged from a Turquoise Green to a Turquoise Blue. Located in the tunnel under the main staircase of the capitol building.

To read the full article on how Josh completed this project please click here
 

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Ridgedale Library Project photo

Ridgedale Library Project

Our intentions were to create a very inviting and comfortable space for the patrons of the library to interact. This is a waiting area, meeting area and a community area – we would like it to also be a place library patrons go to read, relax and participate with the artwork around them.

Our concept, bands of color on the floor connect with the bands of color on Sheryl Tuorila’s designed benches, inviting further exploration. Both of these designs echo the colors, lines and paths of fibers wrapping Randy Walker’s aerial sculpture hanging above the center bench.

Josh Blanc designed the floor.
Sheryl Tuorila made the mosaic benches.
Randy Walker created the sculpture hanging from the ceiling.

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Goodthings tiled sign photo

Goodthings tiled sign

Goodthings is a upscale gift store in the old downtown district of White Bear Lake. The designer brought in their logo. Clay Squared blew the logo up to 2' x 2' and matched the colors to fit their color scheme. We also made 1"x1" tiles to surround their logo. The letters were hand carved.

Dynamic signage for businesses at a fraction of the cost of plastic and metal signs. Clay Squared tiles handmade of exterior grade terra cotta with an expected life span of 100 years. No fading of colors or maintenance with expert advice on how to design and install your signage. Contact Josh for more information.