Tiles and Finish Ideas for your Wood-fired Oven!
Working on a wood-fired oven design and “ovenscape”? What thought are you giving to the artistic elements? In addition to researching your options, be sure to sit in your favorite inspirational place with your sketchpad and cool drink to think through the fun part. There are so many ways to finish an oven and the surroundings. As a dealer of Forno Bravo wood-fired ovens and American Clay I’ve come to appreciate a finishes as well as a wide selection of brick, natural lime finishes, stone, custom concrete and tile. I can appreciate a setting for wood-fired ovens with indigenous stonework where the oven blends into the landscape as well as does Hermits Rest at the Grand Canyon. I can appreciate an eco-modern custom concrete minimalist style that will cast a shadow of a basil leaf. However, I am a little less excited about finishing off a perfectly wonderful installation with uninteresting surfaces with little thought to the shapes and lines that surround it. Go for something that you love that will greet you every time you walk into your new cooking oasis! Allow your oven to reflect the delicious food it will deliver! The ARCH is into finishes as our name implies. We can recommend a local concrete craftsman to create surfaces for the oven face, hearth, counter or benches. We can also offer Jim Erskine’s skills- an Asheville area mason of over thirty years- who can face the oven or foundation walls with rock, brick, or our new offering of natural lime plaster finish that is historically time-honored for thousands of years. Then there are tiles,tiles, tiles and more tiles. Create a great keystone in an arch, an array of insets, a mosaic that hugs the entire oven, a theme of plants, herbs, natural vines, geometrics, three dimensional or flat. There are endless ideas to consider! Above is a gallery of images for inspiration. Think about each image and don’t be confined to the shape of one piece- it’s just a sample not a composition. Take the time to think your about your selection of finishes and design elements and have fun with the process!