Monday, May 18, 2015

Free Form Ceramic Switch Plates

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 Who said that switch plates always have to be rectangular or square?

These pieces take on the shape that they want and the idea is to have a 2D sculpture on your wall that serves its intended function as well. They are textured and gilded, just as all the other ones that I show on my site. Right now, I`m making them in oversize standard singles, and will work on other sizes later on. Scroll down to see more textured pieces. for more information.

Here`s a couple more that were just finished today (02/11/15). Bring on the textures!!

This one has a metallic terracotta base and is heavily textured and gilded. Then I made aluminum spirals and gold filled wire accents. This one needs to be clicked on for the full effect.

Even a high resolution image doesn`t capture the richness of the details here. The clay base is metallic silver and the gilding has copper, antique bronze, shades of pewter, and black. 

These free form 2D sculptural switch plates always come out different, and I let the clay decide its own shape. This piece had some great little nooks to work with which were gilded with silver, titanium, burnt copper, antique bronze, and brass oxides.

I now make phone jack  covers (& plates to cover the space where phones jacks used to be) as well as very hard to find configurations (see the 2nd chart on the next post).

New Summer/Fall 2015 Textures:


"Sheba" This eye popping, richly textured piece is gilded with a generous array of colors
ranging from metallic olive to turquoise and deep azure. Available in doubles, triples, 
and quads.


"Tonga" This piece combines an intriguing texture and multiple layers of silver oxide. This piece will look lovely near any artwork or fixtures that have either black or stainless nearby.



"Tonga" (in reverse) This piece was an enigma from the start. I mixed some new oxides and came out with some unlikely colors that just worked very well together. There`s a lot of depth and richness to this piece. It`s nicer than the photograph - all of them are!


"River Bed" depicts not only the sediments that fall through the water and rest on the river bed, but also the subtle movement of the water itself. (Available in other colors and sizes)





Look at "Sheba" gilded with antique copper, brass, and bronze oxides! This stunning piece will bring out shapes and designs in your rugs, wall art, curtains, or just gracing your walls by itself.

"Waterfall" has a deep flowing texture and is gilded in teal, aqua, turquoise, and indigo. I can make this piece in triples, quads, and combos - as well as in other colors.




"Fauna" with its rich texture and colors, this piece will have you staring at it for countless minutes and every time you pass it by. (Available in doubles and triples and in the blue/teal and silver/black combo.)

"Fauna" with some of people`s choice colors: aqua, teal indigo, azure, celadon, olive, and turquoise.

What happens when you take an intricate design such as the "Fauna", texture a black slab, and then gingerly gild the texture with antique silver oxide? You get a piece that has the luster of a shimmering pearl and a switch plate that is lovely to behold!

A customer sent me this photo of my "Leaves of Nature" switch plates installed in her already "artified" home. Now imagine if the switch plates used were those plain white ones.... big difference! Click to see a more detailed view.

"Mandala Morning" This deeply etched texture has a rich contrast between the black slab and the intricate texture. Multiple layers of silver oxide were gilded over the surface the get this effect.




Texture, texture, and then more texture! This is a linear Texture Collage with enough nooks so that it could be gilded with a full array of metal oxides. This one can stand alone on a bare wall as a decorative statement.

"Celebration" has so many free form geometric shapes and lines that it must be viewed from edge to edge in order to take in all the textures. The silver gilding over the black base makes this texture even more vibrant. Perfect for an entry way (available in triples and doubles) or for a long hallway.

******* New Decora Gallery for 2015:

A never ending parade of textures to grace your walls! Many of these textures can be done as a single, triple, or a quad Decora - please inquire.

"Ocean Waves" this bold texture conveys a swirling motion.

                     "Edges" is an intricate texture gilded with mostly copper and bronze.

"Star Gazing" This bold and deeply etched texture adds just the right finishing touch to your well thought out decor.

           "Lace" This texture has several layers, creating an intriguing 3D effect.

"River Bed" - another intricate and detailed texture with a lot to see. Click to enlarge.

"River Bed" with antique copper & bronze oxides. This is one of my new favorites!

           "Wood Grain" This subtle texture would tie in with just about any decor.

     "Edges" in a gorgeous color combo of teal and turquoise. Plenty of the "wow factor" here.

     "Rubies" with its array of texture and depth, cause the mundane to be "artified".

                                         "Lace" in teal, emerald, turquoise, and indigo.

          "Ocean Waves" gilded with many different oxides. Click to see more detail.

             "Sea Creatures" - so many people have asked for this  texture in the Decoras, so they are now available.


      "Leaves of Nature" is a medley of foliage, petals, and leaves.


                                          "Leaves of Nature" in the green/blue oxides.

 See the other Decora Gallery on my site further down this post, or simply click on the shortcut link below. The gallery is about half way down.

  ???Want to see some lovely textured ceramic Cabinet knobs?

Just scroll past the next post to the end of the page, and click on "older posts", or simply jump to the post with this link:  

Switch plate "musts" on the next page...



Sunday, December 21, 2014

Artisan Made Switch Plates

Remodeling and Home Design

Remodeling and Home Design

Remodeling and Home Design

Remodeling and Home Design

New Textures for 2015/2016

There are new textures for the upcoming year, along with the textures further down on this site. As always, these pieces can be made in any configuration (usually) and in other colors - gilded with an array of metal oxides. Feel free to contact me by email for orders and more information


Don`t replace your old, generic switch plates and outlet covers before doing this one thing that will make all the difference. Depending on the primary color of the switch plate, go to any craft store. In the paint isle, look for a small bottle of acrylic paint about 2 shades darker than the switch plate/outlet cover. Then select a small soft bristle paint brush. Paint 2 coats over the switch and/or outlet - letting the paint dry between each coat. Then seal that with clear nail polish. When that is completely dry, you can install your beautiful new switch plate.



***All materials used come from within the United States.

"Cross Country" Very shimmery teals, aqua, and periwinkle.

"Meadows" Gorgeous texture and oxide rich over size switch plate.
"Meadows" made in brown, loaded with metal oxides.

Above are the more usual configurations,  but customized pieces not shown here are also available. Below are some less usual sizes that are also available. *** I make phone jack covers and plain plates to cover up the space where unused phones jacks used to be.

"Texture Collage" created by hand stamping each texture. See collaged outlets at the bottom of the page.

"Magic Carpet" - this very intricate piece evokes a feeling of something from another time, from a far away place, very long ago.  This piece will definitely add a touch of "magic" to any space. 

This "Mandala Medley" is chock full of metalics that highlight the texture. 
"Mandala Medley" has a wide 
range of colors, from light teal
to deep azure. 

(Added 9/21/14)   "Rock Garden" This free form slab is about 7" long and I used several texturing methods for a dramatic effect. I also did some layering and blending of the oxides. It`s almost too good to be a switch plate!!

And here is "Focus" with a silver clay base gilded with cobalt.

 "Retro Rectangles" combines layers of textures and subtle shading of a mixture of metal oxides. Very sharp looking for those who like a neutral or contemporary look.

Always one of my favorites is to make the "Texture Collage" pieces. You can see the gilding above the surface and below it as well, creating a look of layering.

"Cairo" This texture has the feel of something ancient,  but with a modern twist.

"Poppies"! This piece has more colors than you might think. It has metallic olive, teal, indigo, powder blue, azure, and periwinkle. I do this one in the bronze/copper combo too.

"Deco Sphere" an uber-cool texture for a switch plate. This one also has the silver clay base gilded with carbon.

"Cross Country" gilded with just about all the metal oxides I work with and some newly created ones too. This beauty was kept here.

"Deco Sphere" done with a dark brown base gilded with antique bronze, copper (of course), brass, and titanium.

"Deco Sphere" in the silver base, gilded with carbon. The black/silver combo in this texture is the most striking.

                     "Ancient Images" would grace any wall and exceeds its mere functionality. 

"Melange" is another eye bending texture combining silver clay and deep cobalt. Wake up those walls!

"Leaves of Nature" with its universal theme, is the most requested texture that I do. I think of it as a wall garden.

               Silver Oxide Pieces

 There is something so striking about the contrast of silver oxide gilded over textured black slabs. Not only is there the sharpest contrast between the two, but the silver has a soft shimmery quality to it. These pieces needed their own section.

"Leaves of Natures" with inked-to-blend screws

"Multi Swirls"

"Ancient Images"

"Wide Paisley"

"Jambalaya" and "Deco Sphere"

Uber cool "Texture Collage" in Combo #3. This was a custom piece.

  *******Combo Switch Plates*******

"Deco Sphere" done in a striking silver/black contrast. You can see the ones above in other oxide and base combinations.

                                      "Cross Country" so lovely, bold, and colorful.

"Braids" this deeply etched texture is gilded with mostly copper and bronze oxides and would go great against any earth tone colored wall.

"Mandala Filigree" is always going to be one of my favorites. It has a timeless appeal, while creating a richly textured piece and a beautiful contrast of blues and teals.

 "Texture Collage" is this color and oxide combination is the 2nd most requested texture that people ask for. I view these as 2D wall sculptures and an "artified" addition to any area.

"Ancient Images" done in the silver/black combo adds more zing to the overall look of the piece.

"Leaves of Nature", another functional wall garden bringing joy to the walls.

 "Deco Sphere" - just beautiful to look at and a thousand percent nicer than the generic white switch plates, for sure!

 ::: Plug it in! :::...............

"Texture Collage" using hand stamps

"Leaves of Nature" is made in every configuration and color combination.
 "Wood Grain"

***** Appliances work better and gismos charge faster when your outlets feel important and special. These can all be made with other colors and oxides and as single standard switch plates. *****

A huge leap away from the plain white ones.
You will have 4 happy plugged in gismos in this "Textured Collage" piece.   

"Wide Paisley"

Stamped and artified "Texture Collage" gilded with silver oxide
"Sea Creatures"


"Ambrosia" with all its swirls and circles is sure to perk up any area.

"River Bed" in teal, turqouise, and aqua. Finally an alternative to those boring white outlets!



"Deco Sphere" is texture and color rich and will still tie in well with rooms that have a lot of earth tones.


"Ambrosia" looks delicious in the blues.

"River Bed" loaded with copper, brass, and bronze oxides.
"Ocean Waves" made in the striking black & silver combination.



"Fauna" has an intricate and lovely texture with an emphasis on antique bronze and copper oxides.




"Ocean Waves"



"Wood Grain"


 "Jambalaya" gilded one area at a time with new colors. This piece is available in outlets, single standards, double standards, single Decoras, and double Decoras.

***** Please click on "older posts" at the bottom of the page to view my hand textured cabinet knobs. Or for mobile devices, use the easy link: 

Feel free to ask any questions about them.


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