June 2020 Layl Newsletter
This past week has been the most painful and heartbreaking week in the memory of Minneapolis’ residents. I never thought I would see the entire area around the high school my daughters graduated from destroyed by fire and looting. But the anger at the killing of George Floyd has triggered some long seeded pain here and now around the country. My daughter has gone to protest and though I am filled with fear when she goes I support her desire to be heard. A lot of my friends live in the areas that are hard hit and Saturday night I read on Facebook about their plans to defend their own neighborhoods. Sadly, many small businesses and non-profits have been sacrificed in this cause and now they will need to rebuild.
I wanted to share a few of the places I am donating to with you. If you are in a place to give please consider a donation.
June 2020 Clay Squared Newsletter
The Making of Hexagon Tile from Clay to Installation.
If you are stuck at home and have some time, check out our planning videos.
May 2020 Layl Newsletter
I hope you are all faring well in these unusual times. Here are some tidbits of distraction to get you through. Click here to read the newsletter.
April 2020 Clay Squared Newsletter
A lot has changed in a month has changed in a month. Click here to read more.
April 2020 Layl Newsletter
Amidst this COVID-19 health crisis, we have a few resources for artists, and some ways you can still support and be supported by the arts community. Click here to read more.
The tile maker’s art
We were featured in the Southwest Journal on MARCH 21, 2020
An ancient craft with a modern touch
by SUSAN SCHAEFER / EDITOR@SWJOURNAL.COM
Have you ever heard cat paws prancing upon your roof? No? Well, back in Victorian Britain, when most roofs were created from that iconic fired red clay, the nightly frolicking of rooftop cats gave rise to the word tile. Seems the ruckus evoked the French word, “tuile,” which itself is originally from the Latin word “tegula,” meaning a roof tile. Read the whole article click here.
March 2020 Clay Squared Newsletter
Josh Talks Tile At Restore Nebraska Conference
At the end of February Josh returned to Omaha, Nebraska to give two presentations to the Restore Nebraska Conference. The first: “Restoring tiles in your turn-of-the-century home”, and the other: “The invention of America’s first tile style: Mid-century Tiles.” The conference has doubled since Josh was there last and has merged with the Nebraska Historical Society. Click here to read the newsletter.
March 2020 Layl Newsletter
In her newest blog post, Layl reflects on the art which grabs her attention. She describes the feeling a viewer has of a magnificent piece, from the perspective of herself as an artist. She states: “I get obsessed just looking at them. They make me want to live vicariously through those artists. Which is crazy because I live that life already, compulsively creating nearly every day of my life.”
She reflects on the dualism of artist and viewer; creator and consumer. View the full post Here.
February 2020 Clay Squared Newsletter
One of our more recent and exciting projects is a 125 square foot floor made out of 6 inch and 2 inch hexagons in Coco Moon. The customers for this floor got their inspiration from another floor we made a couple years ago, the massive star and hex project which all together came out to 300 square feet. Click here to read the newsletter
February 2020 Layl Newsletter
In January, Layl created several teapots that had added dimensionality like branches, ladders and carousels. These new teapots, while still functional, go beyond the teapot form and build beyond it’s “borders.” You can view more sculptural teapots like the Flamingo Carousel Teapot (above) at Layl’s website.
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January 2020 Clay Squared Newsletter
It was a shock the other day when an Instagram friend and past client messaged Josh to say we were featured in Bon Appetit Magazine for our tile project at Karl’s in Detroit . It is fun to have your work featured in a place you never imagined! Maybe our subliminal message of naming most of colors after food inspired them to give us a shout out. Read all about it!
January 2020 Layl Newsletter
Winter Escapade – Exhibition
January 19 – February 26, 2020
“Choosing to be an artist is a daring proposition. An act of anarchy. You still have to earn a living but you choose to make art regardless of life’s circumstances. Your work is your art. And it demands to be seen and engaged with. Read more!
December Clay Squared Newsletter
Get Featured on our Instagram!
Follow us on Instagram to see recent project photos. Not all of our project photos can be found on our website, so check us out for daily tile inspiration. If you’ve recently finished a project, hashtag your photo #ClaySquared to be featured on our page. Read more.
December 2019 Layl Newsletter
Give the Gift of Art
Starting your holiday shopping? Find great gifts like bracelets, picture frames, DIY Kits, pins, magnets, and Holiday ornaments by Layl. You can also purchase a gift certificate for a polymer clay class here. Read more.
November Clay Squared Newsletter
Our popular Medieval Floral tile is the first accent tile that artist Josh Blanc created back in 1996. See our latest greatest project the Floral Cottage Kitchen
November 2019 Layl Newsletter
This month we have several Art district events open to the public!
October Clay Squared Newsletter
Mid-Century Modern to bring color and visual texture to the existing clean lines of their kitchen. Castle Building & Remodeling played with the basket weave design, turning it 45 degrees, giving the space a more “quilted” quality. Read More