Tiled In-Box

Title:Tiled In-Box



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Artist:Lena Shore



I wanted an inbox for my desk, but couldn’t find anything that inspired me. A few months ago I started making unique clay tiles. All the base colors are the clay, but I did a lot of shading with translucent mica powders. Some tiles have inclusions of glass and swarovski crystals. I created a few each session until I had almost enough to cover the bottom of a wooden inbox I found at an arts & crafts store. I arranged the big ones first and then started filling in the smaller areas with the smaller tiles. Eventually, I had a handful of spaces and left and created tiles to fill in the holes.

The box was unfinished. I sanded and painted it with green, purple, and gold metallic paints. I did a little wet sanding before the final coats. I considered coating the whole thing with a clear coat to make it all shiny, but decided I liked the natural look better.

I like functional art and I think it is practical enough to be used. At the very least it will encourage me to keep it empty.

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  1. Kevin Pettway on February 12, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Like all of my favorite art, this is one you can just stare at for a long while as you take it all in. It is just fascinating in detail and color, and extensive enough to make looking at it a fun activity in its own right. The fact that it is also a practical, functional object is simply icing on the cake. 😀

    • Lena Shore on February 12, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Thank you for taking the time to comment. It’s much appreciated. (:

  2. Mary Kate on February 11, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    It’s ABSOLUTELY SQUEE!!! So beautiful!!! So many happy elements: hearts, keys, dragon flies, seahorses, crowns, angel wings, bees, and more and more and more! The detail! I lurves it so much!!! I’m adding it to my favorites list!!! (Somewhere in Time beetle bug, all beetle bugs, (all my pieces), and this box … there’s more, but these are the super standouts!!!)

    BTW: you said you got a box from the craft store. Was it unfinished wood to start? Did you stain the outside green? And how did you make the interior base that metallic sheeny purple?

    • Lena Shore on February 11, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      Aw. Thank you! I am surprised more beetles didn’t make their way into this one. I updated my entry to include more information about the box. (:

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