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Craftsman Tiles and Switchplates Among Eclectic Mix at The ARCH

February 17, 2011 2 comments

4x8 inch tiles with pounded border

The Grove Park Inn is hosting their annual Arts and Crafts Conference this weekend once again which will include displays or framed work of several tile artists and crafts people The ARCH works with.

When I walk among the vendors I have an appreciation for some of our local artist’s work as well as those more “well known”. These 4×8 inch tiles and mountain mural set are by Tzadi Turrou one of the area’s  talented artists  whose work is at The ARCH. Her Cuerda Seca technique is exquisite.

Three tile Mountain Mural by Tzadi and other works

Those of us that live in Asheville  are aware that we live among an eclectic mix of colorful architectural styles  and among the long list of  styles the Arts and Crafts Style is one prominent style typical  among many of our  neighborhoods and within downtown Asheville.

We have met many in the area  who maintain a certain style throughout their entire homes  and others that prefer a mix of styles in their small Arts and Crafts bungalow.

8x8 inch tile Scott Weaver

Nouveau Ginkgo Asheville Tileworks

Nouveau Ginkgo Asheville Tileworks

Arts and Craft Ceramic switchplates

Then there are many that infuse a great deal of contemporary design but perhaps add just a touch of the original bungalow style of their home with, for example, a single switchplate such as this copper Prairie style.

Copper switchplate Prairie style

Next door Patti Bell with Studio B has framed collectibles or unusual tiles including a five tile rambling Art Nouveau style lizard set from Ravenstone Tiles.

From contemporary glass mosaic tile or craftsman tile we have  it in the mix. Just a few examples are presented here. Give us a call at The ARCH 828 253 5455.

Sheltered Mica Village Open-Air Lobby is Sweet on American Clay

February 11, 2011 1 comment

Lobby Entrance to Mica Village Lofts

A few years ago a customer purchased clay for an outdoor lobby entry area  for the  interesting  Mica Village Lofts project in Asheville.  I’ve dropped by the Mica Village several times  and am pleased to report that the finish continues to perform beautifully.  I love what was accomplished with the entire building and the colors of the old factory standing tall against the village condos is an artistic canvas in itself.

Restoration at It's Best

This outdoor lobby area is roofed and protected so it doesn’t experience direct water, but as you can see only about ten feet away there can be a torrential downpour of rain or blowing snow and the moisture that circulates throughout the area simply breathes in and out of the finish as moisture is simply a good companion to the time honored clay.  The restored iron window frames have no panes and invite the breezes into the space.

Prior to the renovation,  the building was in near ruins as the French Broad River flood rampaged through the entire lower area. Condo spaces are now in use at a second level above the flood plain. Parking and the lobby area are at the ground level. The building includes salvaged architectural elements of the original Mica Factory and is an environmental success story.   Over 60% of the building materials used in this project were reclaimed from the original Mica Plant.

From time to time I hear from someone that works with other finish materials that express- yes- you can spray with a fire hose.  Well, though you can’t spray clay plaster with a fire hose it can be compressed to be a very hard finish. I love the clay because it lives and breathes with the environment,  the pigment is integral throughout the product, and can be easily repaired  with extra clay from the project. For commercial and high traffic locations, there are additional options including the use of natural binders and clay with additional aggregate. In a setting where there WILL be frequent child’s sticky fingers running along the wall we sealed two restaurant walls approaching a restroom area at our friend’s Artisan Catering Restaurant. We didn’t hesitate to apply clay above my tiled shower walls in two different bathrooms where on a daily basis moisture is it’s friend.

Here’s a  moisture demonstration from American Clay  if you’d like to see how moisture behaves  in a 1×1 foot box that is painted, versus one that has clay.

For more information about  American Clay visit our showroom. We offer workshops as well.

EcoTimber Woven Poplar Offers New Look, Great Story

Fall In Love With Your Floors!

Woven Poplar on Special at The ARCH through February 28th. If you are looking for something different- EcoTimber’s Woven Poplar offers a unique and elegant alternative to Woven Bamboo, with a great environmental story! All Woven Poplar products are made from 100% Recycled materials, and are FSC Certified Recycled. EcoTimber’s Woven Poplar comes from 100% Recycled FSC-Recycled furniture scraps! Made without added urea-formaldehyde adhesives. Specials on display at The ARCH: Evening Harvest, Last Dance and Afternoon Tea. Please call for pricing. For specifications on each:

Woven Poplar Evening Harvest

Woven Poplar Last Dance

Woven Poplar Afternoon Tea