I have just completed a custom order for a large tile that is headed to Maryland. Along the way, I took some photos so that I could share with you my process and the steps involved with that.
The initial drawing/sketch based on the request for a portrait of the recipient (a retiring pediatrician)
with children, cats, trees and sun.
Second Draft - standing cats made into a cat below and one in the tree. Two kids added and skirt on doctor changed to a dress.
Third draft - Shape of tree changed and cat added at doctor's feet.
Color Draft - Approved with addition of stethoscope around doctor's neck (not in photo).
The requests included a variety of ethnicity among the children.
Detail of glass with outline painted and fired
Detail of glass with shading/texturing added and fired
Here is the glass tile with color enamel painted on, but before firing. (colors are softer and paler at this stage)
The finished tile!
Close up detail of section of the finished tile with kids and cat.
This custom order took a lot of back and forth with the clients via email and text to get just what they wanted, but it was totally worth it.
I'm very happy with the outcome and hope the recipient will be as well!