I’m not a professional framer, but I have a business neighbor and friend who is- and she is excellent. Patti Bell with Studio B Custom Framing and Fine Art has been there for customers of The ARCH that want tiles framed (or other types of art pieces).
Many of the tiles at The ARCH are carefully considered as focal pieces in installations. They are set in back splashes, behind ranges, bathrooms, garden areas, you name it. Though, a number of pieces are simply collected and appreciated individually as collectable art. They’re not installed, just purchased by those that appreciate and love art tile. Some of these tiles aspire to be displayed in a safe simple manner. I say safe, because the hanging methods of tile by themselves are often a little dubious. Personally I do not trust most of the small indentations on the tile backs meant for a nail or hook. They are just too shallow and I cringe at the thought of one dropping off the wall when the wind catches it or a door slams shut. If you would like to consider framing a tile the frame shouldn’t overpower the piece as with any other art piece. The frame should compliment it.
Shown here is an example of a burled wood frame effectively picking up the glaze tones of the trunk of a triptych set of Ravenstone tiles. Patti has the experience and eye for recommending what will work well with a piece. This frame has a movement and character that works perfectly with the tiles. I’ve seen many Ravenstone tiles framed, but I must say this is one of the most complimentary frames I have seen with these tiles. Presently this triptych is availble in The ARCH gallery for only 250.00.
This collection of black and white sgraffito tiles works well with simple black frames. The frame does not compete in any way with the piece.
It’s a simple affordable frame setting off an eye-catching collection of tiles. These are just a few examples. My biggest regret is that so many tiles that were framed over the years didn’t get photographed! I’ll work on this and you may see some additional framed pieces added to this blog or a future blog. Meanwhile, come visit us!