A Sheltering Tile Frame

This is a set of contemporary Italian tiles in another example of what I’m calling, for lack of a better term, a sheltering frame, a bit like the one discussed in my last post on framing a William Rice print. Each tile is 6″ x 6″, so the whole set of eight is about 12″ x 24″. The 2″ wide carved frame is walnut, lightly stained. I designed the frame to expand on the sense of sitting under, and being sheltered by, a pair of citrus trees. To do that, I channeled the tilemaker’s rendering of the leaves, simply carving them in outline, and using the sheltering approach—making the top part of the frame heavier.

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